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We all have our own languages with words you can’t find in other languages. But did you know that even if you go abroad, there are a lot of chances that you will come across words that actually come from your own language?

You might think straight away about English words that we use and most of the times modify them to suit our own languages. For instance, even we, French people, who are against using foreign words in everyday life conversation, have those words. Look at the word “to check” for example. Well, that would become the verb ”checker”.

But, in the end, there are not only English words that we use in any languages. And you might even have some surprises, seeing that many languages, at some point, picked up words from other languages. French words sometimes come from German, and not the contrary (Have a try at this test: ”Mots français d’origine allemande”.

Romanian and Polish actually have a lot of words coming from French and other languages that they modify to make them sound more “Polish” and “Romanian”. This way, even if you think you could actually understand a few words going there, well you’d be wrong, because it doesn’t sound the same or is written completely differently!

Anyway, if you wonder if you could actually visit a new country without even having to learn the basics in that language because they often use words from your own country, have a look at those articles. You will also learn a lot about countries and their cultures.

Italy: English | Italiano

New Zealand: English

Poland: English

Romania: English | Română

Sweden: English | Svenska

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