Study Guide
Classmate Achievers Club
Tips and Sugggestions
Words from the wise
Mukund Chowdhary

Mukund Chowdhary, Krishna Public School, Kolkata (Raipur).

1. Pallor (Pae-luh) – It is the pale colouring of the face, especially because of illness or fear.
2. Ecossaise (A-ko-saez) - An energetic country dance in duple time in which couples form lines facing each other.
3. Chamois (Sham-wa) – is an animal like a small deer, which lives in the mountains of Europe and Asia.
4. Schmaltz (Shmaults) – It is the quality of being too sentimental.
5. Cognoscente/ Cognoscenti (Cog-nuh-shen-ti/ Cog-nuh-shen-ti) (ˌkɒɡnəˈʃɛnti/ ˌkɒɡnəˈʃɛnti) - Both have exactly same pronunciation but first is singular and the latter is plural for, person/people who is/are especially well informed about a particular subject.
6. Tsonga (Song-a) - The Bantu language of the people living in the Limpopo province of South Africa, southern Mozambique, and southern Zimbabwe, which has about 3 million speakers. It is one of the official languages of South Africa.
7. Dzongkha (Zong-ka) – The national language of Bhutan.
8. Aqsaqal (A-xa-kael) – In some Central Asian societies (as among the Uzbeks, Kazakhs, Tajiks, etc.): a village elder, a headman.
9. Festschrift (Fest-shrift) - A collection of writings published in honour of a scholar. Schmaltz (Shmaults) – It is the quality of being too sentimental.
10. Ceilidh (Kay-Lee) (The silent ‘dh’ sound was dangerous) – It is a social event with Scottish or Irish folk music and singing, traditional dancing, and storytelling.
11. Boccia (Bow-cha) – It is a game similar to bocce (An Italian game similar to bowls but played on a shorter, narrower green.), played by competitors who have a physical disability that requires the use of a wheelchair.
12. Gilet (Zhi-lei) – A light sleeveless padded jacket.
13. Douceur (Do-suh) – It is a financial inducement; a bribe, It comes from French, literally meaning 'sweetness'.

Food Words
14. Gnocchi (N(y) au-ki) - small dumplings made from potato, semolina, or flour, usually served with a sauce.
15. Fettuccine (Fettoo-shini) – Pasta made in ribbons.
16. Sassafras (Sae-suh-fraes) – It is an extract of the leaves or bark of the sassafras, used medicinally or in perfumery.
17. Gruyere (Gru-ye) – It is a firm, tangy cheese and is named after Gruyère, a district in Switzerland, where it was first made.
18. Pfeffernuss (fe-fuh-nuss) – It is a small, round, sweet biscuit flavoured with spices such as ginger, cardamom, cloves, black pepper, etc., and typically eaten during the Christmas season.
19. Matoke (Mae-tou-kay-e) – In Uganda: the flesh of bananas or plantains, mashed and used as food; bananas or plantains collectively.
20. Chilaquiles (Cheel(a)-keel(a)s)- is a traditional Mexican dish, made from corn tortillas cut in quarters and lightly fried are the basis of the dish.
Svasti Dutta

Svasti Dutta, Delhi Public School Rohini, Delhi & NCR.

1. Syzygy – I think it’s pretty apparent why this word gets confusing, considering the fact that it has as many ‘y’s as it does other letters!
2. Kitsch - If you are familiar with words of German origin, then spelling ‘kitsch’ should be a piece of cake. But without that prior knowledge, it’s tough to spell because of that ‘s’ in the middle.
3. Forsooth - ‘Soothe’ is spelled with an ‘e’ in the end, which makes the spelling of ‘forsooth’ a bit tricky.
4. Exchequer
5. Halcyon
6. Ersatz – The pronunciation makes it difficult to figure out how it would be spelt.
7. Yeomanry – The ‘e’ tends to get missed out.
8. Sepulchral
9. Dysthymia – The second ‘y’ sounds more like an ‘e’ or an ‘i’.
11. Omophagy
12. Kafkaesque
13. Zeitgeber- I have trouble with the first half of the word.
14. Schottische – The ‘s’ in the end is easy to miss.
15. Maelstrom- I just find this word quite tricky. I tend to miss the ‘e’.
16. Tsetse- It has a pretty simple spelling, even though it sounds tough.
17. Monadelphous- I tend to misspell it, with ‘mono’ rather than ‘mona’.
18. Aegean- I used to miss out on the first ‘e’. It’s easier to remember if you keep the word ‘aegis’ in mind.
19. Toque
20. Cymric – The pronunciation leads you on entirely different track, but don’t let yourself get tricked!