Jun 14 2004

Universal Cognates

Published by at 12:00 am under Cognates (Cognados)

The following is a list of “Universal Cognates” most derived from English, that are understood in just about every corner of the earth:

auto, bus, taxi, airpplane (nearly universal), motorcycle, bicycle, airport, train, hotel, cinema, football, bank, dance, music, whiskey, beer (nearly universal), dollar, telephone, television, radio, program, menu, passport, sport, post, kaput, central, photo, soda, aspirin, police, hospital, restaurant, chocolate, tea, rock ‘n roll, tourist, ambassador, embassy, jeans, Nike, Coca-Cola, CNN and the most commonly known of all expressions in the world, “OK.” These words will be much better understood if they are pronounced according to the local accent.

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