Multi-Linguistic with Unconscious English

C’est la vie! À a la carte. Au contraire. I am sure all, or at least most, English speakers are familiar with these phrases. Every year, new words are being added to the long list of English vocabulary.  It is such a diverse language, with many origins from other languages. About 30% of the English vocabulary is of French origin.

Unknowingly, we use many French words in our day to day conversation. Examples are ballet, brunette,  or cache. Shocking, huh? It turns out that English speakers are also multi-linguistic. But unfortunately, most people who speak English as their first language don’t speak a second language. The reason being is that English is widely spoken around the world.  People don’t see a reason to learn another language if a foreign person can speak English. But, that’s not the point of this blog post.

French and English share many cognates, since they both come from Latin. But somehow, entire French words have slid their way into our English language. How is that possible? Where French phrases stolen by the English language?

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Here’s a little lesson in history. In 1066, England was invaded by the Normans. During the Norman rule, French was made the official language of the courts.  After many, many, many years of this, the French language somehow weaved itself into the language which we called English today.

Although many English words have French, German, Latin origins, etc; The English alphabet is pretty simple if compared to other languages. The alphabet only contains 26 letters. Look at French for example, it has 26 letters like English, but there are also different accent marks that go with the letters.

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Irregardless, English is a very complicated  language. Even though there are no diacritics certain words behave as if there are invisible marks over them. There also the little silent words, such as the “w” in knowledge.

Despite the rich history and its relations with other languages, English is a complicated language.. Even though the alphabet does not have diacritics, unlike many languages certain words behave as if there are invisible marks over them. There also the little silent words, such as the “w” in knowledge.The English vocabulary is alsohard to keep up with. Our daily vocabulary is constantly bombarded with thousands of new words every year. What do I mean? I mean words such as meme, planking, photobomb, epic fail, or even the overused YOLO.  I say and I repeat, THOUSANDS of words are added to our vocabulary every year.

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