Most English words come from other European Languages

 

24 December 2017  Christmas Eve

MOST WORDS IN THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARE FROM OTHER EUROPEAN LANGUAGES

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If you are French: try these maths!

  • 12000 = typical total vocabulary of an English person
  • 40% =  estimated percentage of words commonly used
  • 12000 x 40% = 4800 = number of words for fluency
  • 29% =  amount of English language, that comes from French
  • 12000 x 29% = 3480 English words that you already know

Let’s evaluate more clearly how much English you already know (but do not yet realise it) after Xmas.

Bonne Fête

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