Role of foreign words in any language.
July 24, 2011 12:27am CST
Every language is enriched by the entry of different foreign words. This is probably true for all languages through out the world. Is your language an exception to this common rule? If not, would you kindly cite some examples of words which have been included in your language from other foreign languages and have now become part and parcel of your language?
24 Jul 11
Hi DoctorDidi! Our language is not an exception to what you have said. We're a country who has been colonized by different countries in the past including Spain, America and Japan. And the language which has the most influence to our own language is Spanish. We have words that we think is our own but they are actually Spanish. For example, we always use "lamesa" when we are referring to a table and we think that's in our own language. But in truth, that's actually la mesa or the table in English. I think we also have words that are Spanish in origins that we just altered to make ours like "pamilya" which means family and which is actually "familia" in Spanish. Fast forward to the modern times, when I was in college, I asked my friend to go with me to buy "yelo" or ice in English. She asked what "yelo" was and I told her I meant ice. She then told me that all her life she'd known ice as ice only and not as "yelo". I think she even said there is no "yelo" term in their dialect and they refer to ice by the English term ice. There are many words in our language that are influenced with foreign language and it's really amazing to learn about them as I encounter them in my daily life. It's amazing how languages can fuse with everyday use of a person.
24 Jul 11
Like you said, I also think that all the languages are a mixture, there no single one which has no foreign influence. And nowadays it is more easier for languages to mix because of the globalization, and the Internet which is fastening this process. I think computer, Internet and other technical words are implemented in every language of the world and my native language, the Hungarian is not an exception.
• Boise, Idaho
24 Jul 11
The English language has french, greek, and several other languages intertwining in it. No, my language is not an exception of this common rule. Many old archaic words are updated and used in our language. It is enriched in this way and made to be a very well rooted language.
• United States
28 Jul 11
The English language is very much a language that has words that are derived from many other languages. In fact, I think that the fact that there are so many words from other languages that are used in the English language is one of the greatest things about the language that I know. In addition to that, growing up my father also intermingled some Spanish into our home, so I grew up knowing abrre and cierra as opposed to open and close.