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English has borrowed many words from other languages. Here you'll find quizzes on many of these words.   

There are 71 quizzes and 715 trivia questions in this category.
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trivia quiz  Excuse My French Editor choice cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, May 31 11

Please excuse me, but I must use French words in this English quiz. Here's ten questions about French words adopted into the English language.
Easy
guitargoddess editor
May 31 11
8430 plays
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trivia quiz  Sources of English: Latin Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Mar 26 02

Already when still living on the Continent the Anglo-Saxon tribes had picked up many words from their Roman enemies. Then came Church Latin. The Norman Conquest added large portions of French. But then there was the Renaissance. See for yourself.
Average
flem-ish
Mar 26 02
10665 plays
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trivia quiz  Speaking German: in English cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, rossian, Feb 21 12

As with other languages, many German words have found their way into English. How many of them do you know?
Easy
rossian editor
Feb 21 12
5289 plays
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trivia quiz  Borrowed English Words from Japanese cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Jul 30 02

You may not have realized it, but the Japanese language has helped play its part in shaping the English language vocabulary. Here are 10 examples of this phenomenon...enjoy and learn!
Average
thejazzkickazz gold member
Jul 30 02
7374 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Italians cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 19 17

The English language gets quite a number of words from Italian and they are not all delicious foods. Here is a quiz on ten English words of Italian origin.
Average
Joepetz gold member
Nov 19 17
678 plays
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trivia quiz  Borrowed English Words from Arabic cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Dec 05 02

You may not be aware of it, but English has many borrowed words from languages throughout the world! Quite a number of English words come originally from Arabic. See if you can figure out which ones are from Arabic below...good luck!
Tough
thejazzkickazz gold member
Dec 05 02
4713 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Irish cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 23 17

Ireland and England are neighbors so it is no surprise the Irish and English languages share so many words. Here are ten English words based off an Irish (Gaelic) word.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 23 17
786 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Africans cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 03 17

Africa is home to many languages and English gets a surprisingly large amount of words from these languages. Here are ten words with origins in Africa.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 03 17
606 plays
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trivia quiz  What Language Did These Words Come From? cool 15 questions
Average, 15 Qns, crisw, Apr 13 00

This is a quiz on etymology- the origin of some common words. From what languages did these words originate?
Average
crisw gold member
Apr 13 00
10155 plays
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trivia quiz  What Does My Latin Quote Mean? cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jan 14 11

I'll give you a Latin quote that people use in everyday life even today - and you select the nearest correct translation of it. Have fun :)
Very Easy
Creedy gold member
Jan 14 11
3447 plays
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trivia quiz  Speaking Italian: in English cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, rossian, Jan 02 16

Many Italian words have been adopted as part of the English language. This quiz will test your knowledge of some of them.
Average
rossian editor
Jan 02 16
792 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Scandinavians cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 27 17

Match the English word to its origin from one of the various languages spoken in Scandinavia.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 27 17
699 plays
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trivia quiz  Latin in the Modern World cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, BxBarracuda, Feb 29 12

I am going to look at ten Latin words or phrases which have survived into modern English. Be careful sometimes the literal translation from Latin doesn't match the modern day meaning associated with the word or phrase.
Easy
BxBarracuda
Feb 29 12
4626 plays
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trivia quiz  Heard in Hawai'i cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, CellarDoor, Jan 21 14

English is spoken a little differently in Hawai'i compared to the other 49 states. Test your knowledge of these words, borrowed from the Hawaiian language, that a visitor might hear in the islands.
Average
CellarDoor gold member
Jan 21 14
549 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Native Americans cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 12 17

English-speakers stole a fair number of words (and so many other things) from the different Native American tribes. Here are ten of them.
Average
Joepetz gold member
Nov 12 17
720 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Germans cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 01 17

English is a Germanic language, so this is a quiz about some English words that originated in a variety of languages currently or formerly spoken in Germany.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 01 17
696 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Eastern Europeans cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 11 17

A quiz about ten words that came into English from various Eastern European languages.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 11 17
630 plays
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trivia quiz  The Long Journey to English cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, Dec 06 15

Here are ten words from ten different cultures that, over time, have made their way into the English language. Can you work them out from the clues given?
Easy
Creedy gold member
Dec 06 15
1368 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Indians cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 25 17

English is a popular language spoken in India but did you know many of its words come from the various other languages of India? Here are ten of them.
Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 25 17
513 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the French cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 14 17

French is language of love but it is also apparently the language of English words since so many come from there. Do you recognize these ten English words of French origin?
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 14 17
849 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Arabs cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 13 17

English has borrowed quite a number of words from different languages. Here is a quiz on ten English words that originally came from Arabic.
Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 13 17
687 plays
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trivia quiz  Arabic Words In English cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Sep 02 02

The influence of Arabic civilisation on Europe can hardly be underestimated. It left traces in most West- European languages, and English is no exception to this. See what you can identify.
Average
flem-ish
Sep 02 02
5190 plays
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trivia quiz  The Jubilee Quiz cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, gentlegiant17, Sep 02 10

My fiftieth quiz deals with a few English words borrowed from the Hebrew language.
Average
gentlegiant17
Sep 02 10
1368 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Chinese cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 20 17

Unlike English words borrowed from European based languages, words borrowed from the Chinese are a little bit more obvious and less disguised. Here are ten of them.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 20 17
684 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases cool 15 questions
Easy, 15 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Mar 15 07

Many words, phrases and quotations from foreign languages are commonly used in our books, magazines and everyday conversation. How many of these do you know? Good Luck!
Easy
Soozy_Woozy
Mar 15 07
6207 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Scots cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 14 17

A list of ten English words that originated from a Scottish language. Warning: Lots of golfing words ahead.
Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 14 17
624 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Persians cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 06 17

A quiz about ten English words that have origins in Persian or other Iranian languages.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 06 17
528 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Ancient Greeks cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jan 05 18

There are a lot of English words of ancient Greek origin but can you figure out these ten?
Easy
Joepetz gold member
Jan 05 18
591 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Ancient Romans cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jan 12 18

A quiz on ten of the many, many English words that originated in Latin, the language of the ancient Romans.
Easy
Joepetz gold member
Jan 12 18
729 plays
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match quiz  International Borrowed Word Matchup cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Bruyere, Jun 24 16

Here is another quiz on the origins of some English words. Match up the English word with its original language.
Average
Bruyere editor
Jun 24 16
510 plays
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