English is the most widely spoken language worldwide as of 2021. There are around 1.35 billion people who speak English either natively or as a second language. That’s a little more than the 1.12 billion Mandarin Chinese speakers. Meanwhile Hindi and Spanish account for the third and fourth most widespread languages. As we become increasingly connected, English has assumed a position of the dominant language of global communication, notably on the internet.
Did you know that many English words are actually borrowed from other languages? For example, the term ‘chauffeur’ comes from the French term for stoker. Even more surprisingly, the word ‘grammar’ is derived from the Greek word grammatikē meaning ‘art of letters’.
This quiz will challenge your ability to identify the origin of many common English words that have their roots in either Dutch or Spanish. Have a go and see how many of these words you can match to their source language correctly!
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