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Foreign Language Words

English is most dominant language in the world today, but, throughout history, it has borrowed heavily from other languages, particularly Latin and French. Below is a list of words which have been borrowed from other languages but have become part of our day to day English vocabulary.

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF INDIAN ORIGIN

Bungalow

Cheetah

Dacoit

Guru

Jungle

Khaki

Loot

Pundit

Pyjama

Thug

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF ARABIAN ORIGIN

Algebra

Assassin

Harem

Mattress

Safari

Sofa

Sultan

Sherbet

Tariff

Zero

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF CHINESE ORIGIN

Chi

Chow

Feng Shui

Gung Ho

Ketchup

Kung Fu

Lychee

Silk

Tea

Tofu

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF AFRICAN ORIGIN

Banana

Chimpanzee

Cola

Dengue

Jamboree

Jumbo

Mumbo Jumbo

Voodoo

Zebra

Zombie

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF SPANISH ORIGIN

Adios

Cigar

Guerrilla

Hurricane

Lolita

Macho

Platinum

Ranch

Siesta

Vanilla

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF ITALIAN ORIGIN

Artisan

Balcony

Cartoon

Dome

Gallery

Graffiti

Medal

Replica

Saloon

Villa

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF GERMAN ORIGIN

Blitz

Frankfurter

Hamburger

Kaput

Kitsch

Kindergarten

Lager

Pilsner

Wanderlust

Zeitgeist

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF DUTCH ORIGIN

Booze

Cookie

Cruise

Decoy

Excise

Iceberg

Measles

Smuggler

Yacht

Yankee

TEN COMMONLY USED ENGLISH WORDS OF PORTUGESE ORIGIN

Breeze

Cashew

Cobra

Coconut

Commando

Mosquito

Potato

Samba

Tank

Teak