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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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  English Words and Phrases with Chinese Origins 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, gracious1, Jan 09 22

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.
Recommended for grades: 6,7,8,9,10,11,12
Very Easy
gracious1 gold member
Jan 09 22
189 plays
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  Excuse My French Editor choice 10 questions
Easier, 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.
Easier
guitargoddess editor
8871 plays
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  Speaking German: in English 10 questions
Easier, 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?
Easier
rossian editor
5616 plays
4.
  Latin in the Modern World 10 questions
Easier, 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.
Easier
BxBarracuda
Dec 09 18
4827 plays
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  Sources of English: Latin Editor choice 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
10863 plays
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  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 15 questions
Easier, 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!
Easier
Soozy_Woozy
Jul 07 21
6585 plays
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  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 5. 10 questions
Easier, 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!
Easier
Soozy_woozy
Sep 19 15
5922 plays
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  What Does My Latin Quote Mean? 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
3906 plays
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  A French Connection 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
1812 plays
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  The Long Journey to English 10 questions
Easier, 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?
Easier
Creedy gold member
May 20 17
1689 plays
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  What Language Did These Words Come From? 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
10332 plays
12.
  Borrowed English Words from Japanese 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
7542 plays
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  Before Baba Ghanoush, There Was the Artichoke Editor choice 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
300 plays
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  We Stole That from the Irish 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
1083 plays
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  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
1086 plays
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  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
4758 plays
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  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
327 plays
18.
  We Stole That from the Scandinavians 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 02 17

Match the English word to its origin from one of the various languages spoken in Scandinavia.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 02 17
900 plays
19.
  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 10 10 questions
Easier, 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!
Easier
soozy_woozy
3693 plays
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  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
4371 plays
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  What Does My French Quote Mean? 10 questions
Easier, 10 Qns, Creedy, Jan 22 11

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
Creedy gold member
2562 plays
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  Common Foreign Words And Phrases 4 10 questions
Easier, 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!
Easier
Soozy_woozy
4143 plays
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  We Stole That From the Polynesians 10 questions
Easier, 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.
Easier
Joepetz gold member
Mar 14 20
453 plays
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  We Stole That from the Eastern Europeans 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 11 17

A quiz about ten words that came into English from various Eastern European languages.
Very Easy
Joepetz gold member
Dec 11 17
804 plays
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  We Stole That from the Africans 10 questions
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 11 17

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
Joepetz gold member
Dec 11 17
813 plays
26.
  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
8730 plays
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  We Stole That from the Germans 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Dec 01 17

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
Joepetz gold member
Dec 01 17
873 plays
28.
  Venetian Vocabulary 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
429 plays
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  We Stole That from the Chinese 10 questions
Very Easy, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 20 17

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
Joepetz gold member
Nov 20 17
834 plays
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  We Stole That from the Arabs 10 questions
Easier, 10 Qns, Joepetz, Nov 13 17

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
Joepetz gold member
Nov 13 17
840 plays
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