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English as a European Language


While English is famous for infiltrating other languages were you aware that many words in English come from other European languages. Greek, Latin, French and German have obviously had a big influence but they are joined by many others.


 

TASK: Match the word to the language

 


 1

Croatian

A

Kidnap, ombudsman, smile

 2

Czech

B

Coach (named after the town it originated in)

 3

Danish

C

Bankrupt, broccoli, malaria

 4

Dutch

D

Halvah

 5

Finnish

E

Cravat

 6

Flemish

F

Pistol, robot

 7

Gaelic

G

Booze, cruise, Santa Jones

 8

Hungarian

H

Sauna

 9

Italian

I

Gas

10

Latvian

J

Sleazy (from bad cloth produced in Silesia)

11

Norwegian

K

Comrade, guitar, moped

12

Polish

L

Trousers

13

Portuguese

M

Iceberg

14

Romanian

N

Horde (from the word for military camp)

15

Russian

O

Massage ( from dough which is kneaded), marmalade

16

Spanish

P

Samovar (which means self boil) vodka (little water)


 

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