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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
6354 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
9828 plays
3 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
3666 plays
4 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
3324 plays
5 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
6891 plays
6 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
4194 plays
7 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
9285 plays
8 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
2331 plays
9 The Jubilee Quiz
My fiftieth quiz deals with a few English words borrowed from the Hebrew language.
Tough
10 Q
gentlegiant17
Sep 02 10
1044 plays
10 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
4977 plays
11 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
5655 plays
12 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
4977 plays
13 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
654 plays
14 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 :)
Easy
10 Q
Creedy
Jan 22 11
1167 plays
15 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
3237 plays
16 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
276 plays
17 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
4266 plays
18 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
3048 plays
19 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
2697 plays
20 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
3915 plays
21 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
6060 plays
22 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
5388 plays
23 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
3834 plays
24 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
2682 plays
25 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
2298 plays
26 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
5433 plays
27 Foreigners in the English Language
No language can do without the benefit of 'free import' of new words from its neighbours. Especially not a world-language like English. Just see if you can 'identify' these foreigners in disguise.
Average
10 Q
chrissie_26
Sep 05 01
4857 plays
28 Foreign Words That Have Crossed Over
Many foreign words have been incorporated into the English language. Here are a few that come to us from the French and German.
Average
10 Q
robert362
Feb 18 01
8286 plays
29 Foreign Words in English
We know them; we use them; but are they English? English is the current language number one and many other languages borrow English words. Nevertheless, English also has adopted foreign words. What do you know about them? Have a fun!
Difficult
10 Q
marvo1330
Aug 09 08
2283 plays
30 Native American Contribution to English
Team quiz by Raised by Wolves
First Nations people assisted the explorers and pioneers who came to the Americas in many ways. One of them was to contribute new words to the language that they spoke. These loan words have found their way into the English language.
Easy
10 Q
einsteinII
Dec 04 12
645 plays
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