Loan words – further resources and exercises

At the bottom of this blog is a list of 21 English words that originated in 21 different languages. I think the list originated in ‘The Entrance’ a book wrtitten in about 1989 by Inger Mulbjery and Eva Rosenvold – A book full of English readings and class activities  written to help English teachers with Faroese speaking classes.  You can see much of the book on Google Books.  ISBN 99918-0-120-0.

If you want computer based exercises try:http://www.funtrivia.com/quizzes/humanities/english/borrowed_words_and_phrases.html

If you want to create your own list/exercise start with: KryssTal’s website   http://www.oocities.org/thetropics/cabana/8197/borrow.html   This lists loan words by language of origin – it might not be 100% correct, but students arguing is a valuable English exercise.

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak, bamboo, bizarre, boss, canoe, coach, kangaroo, lilac, mattress, mosquito, piano, pyjamas, robot, sauna, silk, tycoon, vodka, whisky, yacht, yoghurt, zebra

anorak- Eskimo, bamboo – Malay, boss- Dutch, canoe- Carib, coach- Hungarian, lilac- Farsi, mattress- Arabic, mosquito- Spanish, sauna- Finnish, yacht- Dutch, yoghurt – Turkish, robot- Czech, pyjamas- Hindi, kangaroo- Aborigine, whisky- Gaelic, bizarre- Basque, piano- Italian, zebra- Swahili, silk- Chinese, vodka- Russian, tycoon- Japanese

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