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V.2.14 - Borrowed Words (Loanwords)

German words used in English

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Guten tag! English and German both descended from a West Germanic language, though their relationship has been obscured by the great influence of French words to English dating from the Norman Conquest of England in 1066. In recent years, however, many English words have been borrowed directly from German. Here we take a look at some of the most common examples and what they mean:

French expressions in English

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French phrases we use in English

The English language has taken 'loan words' and phrases from other languages which are now part and parcel of the language. Here are just a few examples of French expressions which we use in English.

Faux pas

Faux pas: An embarrassing small mistake. Usually used for social settings.