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In artificial language tests you have to use your logical reasoning skills to figure out the meaning of "artificial" words.
First, you will be given a list of three "nonsense" words and their English word meanings. The question(s) that follow will ask you to reverse the process and translate an English word into the artificial language.

Here are some words translated from an artificial language.

 

plekapaki means fruitcake

pakishillen means cakewalk

treftalan means buttercup

 

Which word could mean "cupcake"?


A. shillenalan
B. treftpleka
C. pakitreft
D. alanpaki

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Pleka means fruit; paki means cake; shillen means walk; treftmeans butter; and alanmeans cup. Therefore, alanpaki means cupcake.



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Here are some words translated from an artificial language.

 

malgauper means peach cobbler

malgaport means peach juice

moggagrop means apple jelly

 

Which word could mean "apple juice"?


A. moggaport
B. malgaauper
C. gropport
D. moggagrop

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option A

Explanation:

Malga means peach; uper means cobbler; port means juice; mogga means apple; and grop means jelly. Therefore, moggaport means apple juice.



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Here are some words translated from an artificial language.

 

peslligen means basketball court

ligenstrisi means courtroom

oltaganti means placement test

 

Which word could mean "guest room"?


A. peslstrisi
B. vosefstrisi
C. gantipesl
D. oltastrisi

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Pesl means basketball; ligen means court; strisi means room; olta means placement; and ganti means test. Because strisimeans room, it must be present in the answer, so that rules out choice c. Choices a and d are incorrect because pesl means basketball and olta means placement. That leaves choice b as the only possible answer.



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Here are some words translated from an artificial language.

 

mallonpiml means blue light

mallontifl means blueberry

arpantifl means raspberry

 

Which word could mean "lighthouse"?


A. tiflmallon
B. pimlarpan
C. mallonarpan
D. pimldoken

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option D

Explanation:

Mallon means blue; pimlmeans light; tifl means berry; and arpan means "rasp" in raspberry. The word piml, which means light, is required for the word lighthouse. That rules out choices a and c. Arpan in choice b means "rasp", so that rules out choice b. That leaves choice d the only possible answer.



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Here are some words translated from an artificial language.

 

briftamint means militant

uftonel means occupied

uftonalene means occupation

 

Which word could mean "occupant"?


A. elbrifta
B. uftonamint
C. elamint
D. briftalene

Answer & Explanation:

Answer: Option B

Explanation:

Brift means the root word mili–; the suffix amint means the same as the English suffix –tant; the root word ufton– means occupy; el means the suffix –ied of occupied; and alene means the suffix –tion. (Because ufton means occupy, choices a, c, and d can be easily ruled out.)



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