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Race Car Is A Palindrome


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Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • sequence: a set of things in a specific order
  • kayak: a canoe with a small opening to sit in
  • take into account: to consider
  • determine: to decide
  • symmetrical: having identical halves

Race Car Is A Palindrome

A word, phrase, or sequence of numbers or that reads the same forwards and backwards is a palindrome. The term palindrome comes from the Greek words palin dromo, “to read backwards”. Race car is an example of a palindrome. Other English palindromes are “refer”, “level” and “kayak”. Some names are palindromes, including Hannah and Bob. Palindromes can be one word or a set of words. The most palindrome is a quote by Napoleon: “Able was I ere, I saw Elba”. and capitalization are not taken into account when determining if a sentence is palindromic or not. Palindromic are sometimes called symmetrical numbers.

Comprehension Questions

  1. What is a palindrome?
  2. Why does the reading mention Napoleon?
  3. What does the reading say about spacing and palindromes?

Discussion Questions: Which do you prefer, playing with numbers and numerical puzzles, or playing with letters and words? Give some reasons for your preference.

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