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Did you know?

Did you know that the English language was influenced by languages other than English? We use words from languages around the world, such as Greek, Roman, Spanish, French, and almost every other language that you could think of.

Can you think of any words that you might use when youre speaking that may come from a non English background? If so, list as many words as you can below, as well as the language you think they may originate from ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ____________________________________________________________________________ ________________________________________________________________________

Some examples...
How many words could you think of? Check out the list below to see how many match. You might be surprised that some of these words originated from other languages!

Words that originated from our Aboriginal Australian ancestors


Barramundi; bilby; budgerigar; bunyip; currawong; dingo; galah; jarrah; kangaroo; koala; kookaburra; taipan; wallaby; Wallaroo; wombat; yabby.

Words that originated from the Chinese language


Char; China; chop-chop; chopsticks; chow; dim sim; go; ketchup; Lychee; oolong; Ramen; soy; tea; tofu; tycoon; typhoon; wok.

Words that originated from the French language


Abandon; abattoir; abbreviation; balance; baggage; balloon; cabbage; chapel; communicate; dangerous; December; energy; excuse; fierce; fruit; gain; generic; helicopter; honest; ignore; journey; kiosk; lotion; loyal; machine; magic; note; nurse; occasion; outrage; pair; poet; quarter; quiet; rabbit; revision; sacrifice; style; tent; tradition; uniform; unicorn; vampire; verb; wage; warrior; zigzag; zodiac.

Words that originated from the German language


Muesli; pretzel; strudel; handstand; kaput; noodle; poodle.

Words that originated from the Japanese language


Bonsai; haiku; karaoke; origami; kimono; bento; wasabi; judo; karate; sumo; tsunami.

Words that originated from the Scotland


Blackmail; cosy; glamour; pony; tweed.

Words that originated from the Greek language


Bible; dialogue; encyclopaedia; telegraph; grammar; alphabet; allergy; political; psychologist; python; school; theatrical; titanic; union; vandalism; zone.

Word Find
A S T I U R F F T R Q S Z T T V R I A P S A D B
Kaput December Go Magic Psychology Noodle

E Y U K V X O T I M E P

A L P H A B E T G M C J

G E A S M A L E O A E C

D A K D P X I L L R M I

Q L O T I O N E O G B G

W A E S R U N G H A E A

P O E T E N T R C I R M

L K K Y N O P A Y N C K

N O O D L E H P S Z A B
China Gain Lotion Pair Pony Nurse Style

C H I N A N L H P B A M

Alphabet

Telegraph Vampire Poet Fruit Wok Grammar Tent

Activity!
Write one word that you have learned today that originated from a language other than English on the strips of paper provided to you below. You can work in pairs or small groups for this activity, but remember to write your names on the back as neatly as possible. When you have written on all of the strips, please cut them out and put them together in a bundle. We will use them to decorate the classroom!

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Did you know?


We learned that other languages have had a significant impact on the English language, but did you know that the English language has also had a significant impact on languages and dialects, both in Australia, and around the world? Were about to find out how

During the time of colonisation in Australia, the Aboriginal natives of the land had their own language and dialect. In fact, there were over 100 dialects spoke across the country. Eventually, the Indigenous people were required to pick up basic English to communicate with the English who were reluctant to learn any of the native dialects. Over time, Australian English was established, which is an unofficial term in Australia. Essentially, Australian English is spoken by Aboriginal Australians. The English language had a profound influence over Australian English, just as indigenous dialect had too.