Daddy Daughter Date Idea #21 – Pig Latin

Daddy Daughter Date Idea #21 – Pig Latin

 

Things you’ll need:

    • vocabulary
    • time

Stop Sign in Pig LatinPig Latin is a pseudo-language which is widely known and used by English-speaking people. It’s typically used to disguise something they are saying from non-Pig Latin speakers. Thus making it a great game and secret language to learn with your daughter.  The rules are pretty simple, but can take a bit of getting used to. Follow this handy guide and you and your daughter will soon be speaking Pig Latin fluently!

 


  1. Learn how to form words beginning with consonants. To form Pig Latin words from words beginning with a consonant (like hello) or a consonant cluster (like switch), simply move the consonant or consonant cluster from the start of the word to the end of the word. Then add the suffix “-ay” to the end of the word.

·        Words beginning with consonants would change as follows: the word “hello” would become ello-hay, the word “duck” would become uck-day and the term “Pig Latin” would become Ig-pay Atin-lay.

·         Words beginning with consonant clusters would change as follows: the word “switch” would become itch-sway, the word “glove” would become ove-glay and the term “fruit smoothie” would become uit-fray oothie-smay.

  1. Learn how to form words beginning with vowels. To form Pig Latin words from words beginning with vowels, all you need to do is add “-way” to the end of the word. You don’t need to change any letters around, just say the word as normal then add “-way” to the end.

·       For example: the word “it” becomes it-way, the word “egg” becomes egg-way and the word “ultimate” becomes ultimate-way.

·         This also holds true for the personal pronoun “I”, which becomes i-way.

  1. Learn how to form words containing the letter “Y”. Words with the letter “Y” can be tricky, as whether you treat the letter “Y” as a consonant or a vowel changes depending on the letter’s location in a word.[1]

·         If a word starts with the letter “Y” it is treated like a consonant and is moved to the end of the word, as usual. For example, the word “yellow” becomes ellow-yay.

·         The normal rules apply if “Y” is the second letter in a two letter word, such as “my”, which becomes y-may.

·         However, if the letter “Y” comes at the end of a consonant cluster, like in the word “rhythm”, it is treated like a vowel and does not move to the end of the word. For example, “rhythm” becomes ythm-rhay.

  1. Learn how to deal with compound words. Compound words work better in Pig Latin when they are split up, as it makes them less comprehensible to listeners.

·         For example, the word “bedroom” becomes ed-bay oom-ray rather than “edroom-bay”, which is more obvious.

·         Another example is the word “toothbrush”, which becomes ooth-tay ush-bray rather than “oothbrush-tay”.

 

 

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