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If you think learning french is difficult, this articles is for you

Do you know that English is so close to the French language, that around 30% of English words come from the language of love?

 Some of these French phrases in English  are borrowed directly from the French language, while others have evolved from French origins 

 *There exists around 7,000 French words in the English language at present.* Here are some common French words used in English, and their meaning

 Allowance – from the Old French word alouance (payment) 
Apostrophe – from the French word apostrophe 
Attaché – from the French word attaché (attached) 
Apéritif – from the French word apéritif
 Avant-garde – from the French word avant-garde 
Aviation – from the French word aviation 
Bachelor – from the Anglo-Norman word bacheler (bachelier in modern French)
 Baguette – from the French word baguette (stick) 
Ballet – from the French word ballet Beret – from the French word béret 
Bon voyage – from the French phrase bon voyage (have a good journey) 
Brunette – from the French word brunette Bureau – from the French word bureau (desk, office)
 Cabaret – from the French word cabaret 
Cadet – from the French word cadet
Chauffeur – from the French word chauffeur Chic – from the French word chic (elegant) Cliché – from the French word cliché Connoisseur – from the French word connoisseur 
Cul-de-sac – from the French word cul-de-sac (bottom of the bag/sack) 
Debris – from the French word débris (broken, crumbled) 
Déjà vu – from the French words déjà (already) and vu (seen – past participle of ‘voir’) 
Delegate – from the Old French word delegat Detour – from the French word détour (from détourner) 
Dossier – from the French word dossier 
Eau de toilette – from the French word eau de toilette 
Elite – from the Old French word elit (chosen) 
Energy – from the Middle French word énergie 
En route – from the French en route Envisage – from the French word envisager Expatriate – from the French word expatrier Facade – from the French word façade 
Faux, as in faux fur – from the French word faux (false) 
Faux-pas – from the French word faux pas Fiancé – from the French word fiancé 
Film noir – from the French word film noir (a film genre) 
Gallery – from the Old French word galerie Gastronomy – from the French word gastronomie 
Gateau – from the French word gâteau Gazette – from the French word gazette Heritage – from the Old French word eritage (héritage in modern French) 
Homage – from the Old French word homage 
Hotel – from the French word hôtel 
Identity – from the Middle French word identité 
Illusion – from the Old French word illusion Insult – from the Middle French words insult (noun) and insulter (verb) 
Irony – from the Middle French word ironie Jubilee – from the Middle French word jubile (modern French jubilé) 
Kilogram – from the French word kilogramme 
 Laissez-faire – from the French word laissez-faire (leave things to take their course) 
Liaison – from the French word liaison 
Literature – from the Old French word littérature 
Machine – from the Middle French word machine 
Magnificent – from the Middle French word magnificent 
Maisonette – from the French word maisonette

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  3. Wow I didn't know that there are so many French words in the English language :) Thank you !

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  5. That's great well explained...

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  6. Yes..oui...and that's why French should be easy to learn by English speakers, because we already say French words in English. Pardon?

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  7. With this site, I think French is becoming easier!

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  8. Motivational to learn French 👍

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  9. I got to know through this article that there are many French words, we use in English.

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  10. waoo, so motivational for anglophonie as they already know many words in french

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