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English has borrowed many words from other languages. Here you'll find quizzes on many of these words.
79 Borrowed Words and Phrases quizzes and 795 Borrowed Words and Phrases trivia questions.
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Ni-hao! You probably know that English has incorporated lots of words from the Chinese, like bok choy, tofu, soy, and dim sum, but there are many other words and expressions that come from Zhōng-guĆ³, the "Middle Kingdom" that Westerners call China.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, gracious1, Jan 09 22

Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Very Easy
gracious1 gold member
Jan 09 22
273 plays
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  Excuse My French Editor choice 10 questions
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, guitargoddess, May 19 14
Easier
guitargoddess editor
8895 plays
3.
  Speaking German: in English 10 questions
As with other languages, many German words have found their way into English. How many of them do you know?
Easier, 10 Qns, rossian, Jun 17 14
Easier
rossian editor
5646 plays
4.
  Latin in the Modern World 10 questions
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, BxBarracuda, Dec 09 18
Easier
BxBarracuda
Dec 09 18
4845 plays
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  Sources of English: Latin Editor choice 10 questions
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 Qns, flem-ish, Jan 21 14
Average
flem-ish
10869 plays
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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 Qns, Creedy, Nov 17 16
Very Easy
Creedy gold member
Nov 17 16
3939 plays
7.
  A French Connection 10 questions
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, 10 Qns, reedy, Jul 23 17
Very Easy
reedy gold member
Jul 23 17
1839 plays
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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!
Easier, 15 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Jul 07 21
Easier
Soozy_Woozy
Jul 07 21
6615 plays
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Common foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of them do you know? Good Luck!
Easier, 10 Qns, Soozy_woozy, Sep 19 15
Easier
Soozy_woozy
Sep 19 15
5931 plays
10.
  The Long Journey to English 10 questions
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?
Easier, 10 Qns, Creedy, May 20 17
Easier
Creedy gold member
May 20 17
1713 plays
trivia question Quick Question
What does the Spanish word AMIGO mean?

From Quiz "Common Foreign Words And Phrases 10"




11.
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, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Jul 18 20
Average
LadyNym gold member
Jul 18 20
312 plays
12.
This is a quiz on etymology- the origin of some common words. From what languages did these words originate?
Average, 15 Qns, crisw, May 25 22
Average
crisw gold member
May 25 22
10389 plays
13.
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 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Aug 16 04
Average
thejazzkickazz gold member
7545 plays
14.
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, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 24 17

Recommended for grades: 9,10,11
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 24 17
1098 plays
15.
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 11 17
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Dec 11 17
831 plays
16.
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, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 15 17

Recommended for grades: 11,12
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 15 17
1110 plays
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Match the English word to its origin from one of the various languages spoken in Scandinavia.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 02 17
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 02 17
915 plays
18.
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!
Easier, 10 Qns, soozy_woozy, Dec 06 12
Easier
soozy_woozy
3768 plays
19.
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, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 19 17
Average
Joepetz gold member
Nov 19 17
888 plays
20.
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, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 01 17
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 01 17
891 plays
21.
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 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Sep 29 12
Average
Soozy_Woozy
4758 plays
22.
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Mar 14 20
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Mar 14 20
477 plays
23.
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, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 20 17
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Nov 20 17
849 plays
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A quiz about ten words that came into English from various Eastern European languages.
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 11 17
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 11 17
816 plays
25.
  Venetian Vocabulary 10 questions
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, 10 Qns, zorba_scank, May 04 20
Average
zorba_scank gold member
May 04 20
450 plays
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English has borrowed quite a number of words from different languages. Here is a quiz on ten English words that originally came from Arabic.
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 13 17
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Nov 13 17
855 plays
27.
Common foreign words and phrases are borrowed from other languages. How many of them do you know? Good Luck!
Average, 10 Qns, Soozy_Woozy, Apr 17 10
Average
Soozy_Woozy
4371 plays
28.
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 :)
Easier, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jan 22 11
Easier
Creedy gold member
2574 plays
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  Back to the Futon 10 questions
English has borrowed many words and concepts from Japanese. This quiz explores a few of them; all are found in most English dictionaries.
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Jul 30 20
Average
LadyNym gold member
Jul 30 20
333 plays
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There are a lot of English words of ancient Greek origin but can you figure out these ten?
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jan 05 18
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Jan 05 18
726 plays
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