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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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trivia quiz  Excuse My French Editor choice cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, May 19 14

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
8826 plays
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trivia quiz  Speaking German: in English cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, rossian, Jun 17 14

As with other languages, many German words have found their way into English. How many of them do you know?
Easy
rossian editor
5550 plays
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trivia quiz  Sources of English: Latin Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 21 14

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
10821 plays
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trivia quiz  Latin in the Modern World cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, BxBarracuda, Dec 09 18

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
Dec 09 18
4797 plays
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trivia quiz  What Language Did These Words Come From? cool 15 questions
Average, 15 Qns, crisw, Nov 27 10

This is a quiz on etymology- the origin of some common words. From what languages did these words originate?
Average
crisw gold member
10299 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases cool 15 questions
Easy, 15 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Jul 07 21

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
Jul 07 21
6528 plays
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trivia quiz  Foreign Words That Have Crossed Over 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, robert362, Mar 08 05

Many foreign words have been incorporated into the English language. Here are a few that come to us from the French and German.
Average
robert362
8694 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 5. cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Soozy_woozy, Sep 19 15

Common foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of them do you know? Good Luck!
Easy
Soozy_woozy
Sep 19 15
5889 plays
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trivia quiz  Borrowed English Words from Japanese cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Aug 16 04

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
7521 plays
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match quiz  A French Connection cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, reedy, Jul 23 17

There are a number of French words and phrases that we commonly use in the English language. Can you match these ones up with their correct meaning?
Very Easy
reedy gold member
Jul 23 17
1737 plays
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trivia quiz  What Does My Latin Quote Mean? cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, Nov 17 16

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
Nov 17 16
3864 plays
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trivia quiz  More Loanwords from Chinese 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, sw11, Dec 05 20

A list of ten commonly used loanwords from Chinese.
Average
sw11 gold member
Dec 05 20
231 plays
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trivia quiz  Greek and Latin in Disguise 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 02 18

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.
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flem-ish
Jan 02 18
6576 plays
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trivia quiz  Venetian Vocabulary cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, May 04 20

These words, now commonly used in English, trace their roots to the Venetian language, though they may have come to English via other languages.
Average
zorba_scank gold member
May 04 20
405 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 3. 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Sep 29 12

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
Soozy_Woozy
4728 plays
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trivia quiz  Back to the Futon 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Jul 30 20

English has borrowed many words and concepts from Japanese. This quiz explores a few of them; all are found in most English dictionaries.
Average
LadyNym gold member
Jul 30 20
312 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That From the Polynesians 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Mar 14 20

The Polynesians live throughout the South Pacific, often on small islands. But their contribution to the English language is anything but small. Match the English words of Polynesian origin to their original meanings.
Easy
Joepetz gold member
Mar 14 20
420 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 7 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Apr 17 10

Common foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of them do you know? Good Luck!
Average
Soozy_Woozy
4332 plays
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trivia quiz  The Long Journey to English cool 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Creedy, May 20 17

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
May 20 17
1668 plays
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trivia quiz  German Words in English 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, bloomsby, Apr 07 19

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
bloomsby gold member
Apr 07 19
5997 plays
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trivia quiz  English Borrowings 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 29 03

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
flem-ish
5769 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 4 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, Soozy_woozy, Dec 06 08

All these common, foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of these do you know? Good Luck!
Easy
Soozy_woozy
4128 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the Irish cool 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 24 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 24 17
1044 plays
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match quiz  We Stole That from the French 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 15 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 15 17
1047 plays
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trivia quiz  Arabic Words In English 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, flem-ish, Jul 04 14

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
5268 plays
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photo quiz  Before Baba Ghanoush, There Was the Artichoke Editor choice cool 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Jul 18 20

Many of us are familiar with the names of Middle Eastern foods such as kebab, hummus or baba ghanoush. However, a number of everyday English words for food and drink items also come from Arabic or other languages of the Middle East.
Average
LadyNym gold member
Jul 18 20
273 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 10 10 questions
Easy, 10 Qns, soozy_woozy, Dec 06 12

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
3675 plays
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trivia quiz  Borrowed English Words from Arabic cool 10 questions
Tough, 10 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Dec 13 06

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
4821 plays
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trivia quiz  Foreigners in the English Language 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, chrissie_26, Jun 19 07

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
chrissie_26
5082 plays
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trivia quiz  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 2. 10 questions
Average, 10 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Sep 19 15

All these common, foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of these do you know? Bonne Chance!
Average
Soozy_Woozy
Sep 19 15
3621 plays
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