More than half of English vocabulary (so I have heard) is from French. However, the most frequently used words are still from Anglo-Saxon or Norse.
Note the similarities between modern German and English in these words:
father ------ vater
brother ---- bruder
sister ----- schwester
(Note: the German v is pronounced the same as the English f.)
So where is "Anglo-Saxon or Norse"? Is it relevant to German?
Oh God, it seems like English stems from many European languages!!
But it's said that the first group of migrants in USA was political criminals from British, who might coin new language in new continent of USA as a symbol of new life??? Is this story right?