Have you ever wondered why there are so many words in English and why some of them don’t even sound «English»? Well, we have what we call «loanwords». As the name suggests, these are words adopted from other languages. It is a consequence of cultural contact between two language communities. English has gone though many periods and as a result, large numbers of words have also entered from different languages. Here are some of them according to the source language:
FRENCH: café, entrepreneur, genre, lingerie, art (подробнее о французском влиянии на становление английского языка можно прочитать здесь)
GERMAN: kindergarten, fest, dachshund, doppelganger, diesel
SPANISH: patio, siesta, mosquito, chocolate, aficionado
JAPANESE: emoji, karate, karaoke, tsunami, anime
RUSSIAN: tundra, intelligentsia, czar, vodka, glasnost
These are just a few examples of loanwords in English. As the language continues to grow, don’t be surprised if new words are added. Who knows, one of the words in your native language might find its way in the English vocabulary!
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