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English has borrowed many words from other languages. Here you'll find quizzes on many of these words.
81 quizzes and 815 trivia questions.
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  Somewhere in Africa... - 10 questions - 3 mins
...lies the origin of the words featured in this quiz - some quite common, others more specialized. You are all invited to a vocabulary safari!
Average, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Oct 08 22
Average
LadyNym gold member
Oct 08 22
144 plays
2.
  Eating Our Words-Chinese Style great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 2 mins
The English language is rich in words absorbed from other cultures. This quiz looks at how Chinese food words came to be digested and served up in English.
Average, 10 Qns, jaknginger, Aug 29 22
Average
jaknginger gold member
Aug 29 22
208 plays
3.
  Excuse My French editor best quiz best quiz - 10 questions - 2 mins
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, Aug 23 22
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
Easier
guitargoddess gold member
Aug 23 22
8965 plays
4.
  Speaking German: in English best quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
As with other languages, many German words have found their way into English. How many of them do you know?
Easier, 10 Qns, rossian, Aug 23 22
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
Easier
rossian editor
Aug 23 22
5731 plays
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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.
Easier, 10 Qns, LadyNym, Aug 23 22
Recommended for grades: 9,10,11,12
Easier
LadyNym gold member
Aug 23 22
345 plays
6.
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
304 plays
7.
  What Does My Latin Quote Mean? best quiz - 10 questions - 2 mins
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, Aug 23 22
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Very Easy
Creedy gold member
Aug 23 22
3974 plays
8.
  What Language Did These Words Come From? best quiz - 15 questions - 3 mins
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
10474 plays
9.
  A French Connection great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
1873 plays
10.
  Latin in the Modern World top quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
4862 plays
trivia question Quick Question
Let's start from the word featured in the quiz title. For what would you normally use a futon?

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  Sources of English: Latin editor best quiz top quiz - 10 questions - 6 mins
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
10905 plays
12.
  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 5. great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 2 mins
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
5943 plays
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  Common Foreign Words And Phrases great trivia quiz - 15 questions - 3 mins
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, Aug 23 22
Recommended for grades: 7,8,9,10,11
Easier
Soozy_Woozy
Aug 23 22
6644 plays
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  Borrowed English Words from Japanese best quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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 23 22
Recommended for grades: 10,11,12
Average
thejazzkickazz gold member
Aug 23 22
7562 plays
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  The Long Journey to English great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
1741 plays
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  We Stole That from the French popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
1184 plays
17.
  We Stole That from the Africans top quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
845 plays
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  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 9 popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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 Qns, soozy_woozy, Sep 08 14
Average
soozy_woozy
3320 plays
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  We Stole That from the Scandinavians great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
959 plays
20.
  We Stole That from the Irish great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
1110 plays
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  We Stole That from the Chinese popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
879 plays
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  We Stole That from the Arabs popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
867 plays
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  We Stole That from the Italians great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
896 plays
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  We Stole That From the Polynesians popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
489 plays
25.
  What Does My French Quote Mean? popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 2 mins
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
2587 plays
26.
  Venetian Vocabulary great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 4 mins
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
460 plays
27.
  We Stole That from the Eastern Europeans great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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
824 plays
28.
  Borrowed English Words from Arabic best quiz - 10 questions - 5 mins
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 Qns, thejazzkickazz, Dec 13 06
Tough
thejazzkickazz gold member
4822 plays
29.
  We Stole That from the Indians great trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
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.
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 25 17
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Nov 25 17
685 plays
30.
  We Stole That from the Ancient Romans popular trivia quiz - 10 questions - 3 mins
A quiz on ten of the many, many English words that originated in Latin, the language of the ancient Romans.
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Jan 13 18
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Jan 13 18
886 plays
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