Daddy Daughter Date Idea #21 – Pig Latin
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Pig 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
· 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.
- 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”.