You Already Know Some French

During the evolution of the English language from Old English to Middle English to Modern English, it was greatly influenced by the French language. Over one-third of all English words are derived from French. It is estimated that an English speaker who has not yet studied French already knows 15,000 French words. Here are a few examples of French/English true cognates (words that exist in both languages with the same spellings and meanings, although different pronunciations):

Absence, Barbecue, Cactus, Danger, Extravagance, Fascination, Gratitude, Horoscope, Illusion, Machine, Restaurant, Sandwich, Trampoline, Vampire, Zoo

 

(Source: www.french.about.com)

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