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( or contributions from other languages)


Although English is a Germanic language, throughout its history it absorbed the influence of many other cultures and consequently assimilated lots of words from other languages.Take a look at this pie chart:


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In fact, English has borrowed words from about 50 languages, in many cases only a few items, but a very large number from some. However, if you look at the frequency with which words are used today you will find that the Germanic words are most important; they form a kind of basic vocabulary. They are usually short with only one syllable: man, house, go, see, in, and, good …

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Just a few examples:



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