Try this one:
"Cool" games (language quizzes):
Try this one:
That's a great idea Ron!
PS - why not add them to our links directory http://www.usingenglish.com/links/ at the same time?
Done!Originally Posted by Red5
Have you tried any of the quizzes? It was fun finding out how much I know about the origins of English words. I stumbled across that site, BTW, when I was trying to find out how many English words come from China. (The word tea, BTW, comes from China, but it is not from Mandarin Chinese but another Chinese. In Mandarin it's cha.
Try some of the quizzes. They're fun. :)
In BE, we drink 'tea' and 'char'. ,-)
You don't get confused about which is which?Originally Posted by tdol
I'm pretty sure that the Americans got tea from the British. Is char a more recent import? Do the same people use both terms or are they used by different people?
I liked the Chinese > English quiz; gives me something to do in classes tomorrow!!
Cool!Originally Posted by shane
My fiancee also thought of two more:
1. Kung Fu (Gong Fu)
2. Tofu (Dou fu)
Chinese also borrows words from us:
1. Ke Kou Ke Le (Coca-Cola)
2. Sha Fa (Sofa)
3. Qiao Ke Li (Chocolate)
4. Ka Fei (Coffee)
5. Tan Ke (Tank)
6. Jia Ke (Jacket)
It's interesting to discover what words other languages borrow from English. Fascinating stuff.Originally Posted by shane
I once read that there are three English words that are almost universally known. Two of them are (according to that source) hello and OK. (Perhaps somebody else can come up with the third.)