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English has borrowed many words from other languages. Here you'll find quizzes on many of these words.
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1
Excuse My French

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
10 Q
guitargoddess
May 31 11
7242 plays
2
Sources of English: Latin

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
10 Q
flem-ish
Mar 26 02
10182 plays
3
I Got These Words from India

A number of words from Hindi, Sanskrit and other native languages of the Indian subcontinent have found their way to English over the years. Take a look at some of them.
Average
10 Q
zorba_scank
Dec 23 15
225 plays
4
Speaking Italian: in English

Many Italian words have been adopted as part of the English language. This quiz will test your knowledge of some of them.
Average
10 Q
rossian
Jan 02 16
273 plays
5
Speaking German: in English

As with other languages, many German words have found their way into English. How many of them do you know?
Easy
10 Q
rossian
Feb 21 12
4407 plays
6
Latin in the Modern World

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
10 Q
BxBarracuda
Feb 29 12
3975 plays
7
The Long Journey to English

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
10 Q
Creedy
Dec 06 15
510 plays
8
Borrowed English Words from Japanese

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
10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Jul 30 02
7053 plays
9
English from Australian Aboriginal Words

This quiz introduces words that have entered the English language - especially here in Australia - from the wide variety of Aboriginal Languages. I'm sure you'll recognize quite a few!
Average
10 Q
MikeMaster99
Feb 16 15
336 plays
10
Borrowed English Words from Arabic

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
10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Dec 05 02
4386 plays
11
What Language Did These Words Come From?

This is a quiz on etymology- the origin of some common words. From what languages did these words originate?
Average
15 Q
crisw
Apr 13 00
9633 plays
12
What Does My Latin Quote Mean?

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
10 Q
Creedy
Jan 14 11
2754 plays
13
Arabic Words In English

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
10 Q
flem-ish
Sep 02 02
5067 plays
14
Heard in Hawai'i

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
10 Q
CellarDoor
Jan 21 14
387 plays
15
Common Foreign Words And Phrases

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
15 Q
Soozy_Woozy
Mar 15 07
5835 plays
16
Parlez-Vous InglÚs, Mein Herr?

The English language developed with additions from many languages. See if you can figure out the original language of these commonly-used English words.
Average
10 Q
CmdrK
Dec 06 12
765 plays
17
The Jubilee Quiz

My fiftieth quiz deals with a few English words borrowed from the Hebrew language.
Tough
10 Q
gentlegiant17
Sep 02 10
1164 plays
18
Common Foreign Words And Phrases 5.

Common foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of them do you know? Good Luck!
Easy
10 Q
Soozy_woozy
May 19 07
5286 plays
19
Common Foreign Words And Phrases 4

All these common, foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of these do you know? Good Luck!
Easy
10 Q
Soozy_woozy
May 11 07
3492 plays
20
What Does My French Quote Mean?

I'll give you a French quote that English speaking people use in everyday life today from time to time - and you select the nearest correct translation of it. Have fun :)
Very Easy
10 Q
Creedy
Jan 22 11
1803 plays
21
Common Foreign Words And Phrases 10

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
10 Q
soozy_woozy
Nov 11 07
3354 plays
22
Common Foreign Words And Phrases 3.

Many words and phrases from other languages are used in our everyday conversations and literature. How many of these do you know? Good Luck!
Average
10 Q
Soozy_Woozy
May 01 07
4389 plays
23
Borrowed English Words from Italian

Of course Italian, being one of the Romance languages, has made a big impact on the English language. Find out, in part, just how significant this impact has been by attempting these ten questions...buona fortuna!
Tough
10 Q
thejazzkickazz
Jun 29 03
2820 plays
24
Common Foreign Words And Phrases 7

Common foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of them do you know? Good Luck!
Average
10 Q
Soozy_Woozy
Jun 23 07
4035 plays
25
German Words in English

English has borrowed very few words from modern German, but there are some. In each case, pick the English word or phrase that provides the *best* definition or explanation. Have fun!
Average
10 Q
bloomsby
May 01 01
5676 plays
26
Greek and Latin in Disguise

English vocabulary being already a mix of Anglo-Saxon and Norman-French, we sometimes forget there was actually added a lot of Greek and Latin to the melting pot as well. See how transparent these 'inkhorn' terms are to you.
Average
10 Q
flem-ish
Jan 26 02
6285 plays
27
Oy! Yiddish!

Yiddish is now an inseparable part of our lexicon. See how much you know, oy gevalt!
Average
10 Q
tjoebigham
Jan 10 01
3996 plays
28
Common Foreign Words And Phrases 9

Many words, phrases and quotations from foreign languages, are commonly used in our books, magazines and everyday conversations. How many of these do you know? Good Luck!
Average
10 Q
soozy_woozy
Jul 27 07
2838 plays
29
Words of Indian Origin

"Jungle", "Bungalow" and "Thug" apart, there are approximately 700 words of Indian origin in the English language. Here are some of the less well known ones.
Average
10 Q
almaster
Sep 29 04
2349 plays
30
English Borrowings

Few languages have so gluttonously borrowed words from others languages than English.This may have been because of the 'British Empire' , but did not end with its demise.But let's be fair:there was no bigger 'lender' than English itself.
Tough
10 Q
flem-ish
Mar 26 02
5553 plays
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