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5 Context clues

When you come across vocabulary that you don’t know, you can often use clues in the surrounding context to help you figure out the meaning.

While studying a language course, you might work on isolated words and sentences where there is no context to help. Remember that in real life situations though, there will often be plenty of clues to help you understand what somebody is trying to communicate to you, as the next activity will demonstrate.

Activity 7 Looking at context

Timing: Allow about 10 minutes

Observe the situation depicted in each image, and read the sentence of French dialogue, focusing on the word or phrase that is underlined. Use the context to help you select the correct option to complete the translation.

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