Jun 16 2004

English/Spanish Cognates

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

Over half of all English words are directly derived from French and Latin. Most of the polysyllabic words in English are of French/Latin origin, while the vast majority of monosyllabic words are of Anglo-Saxon (Germanic) origin. Spanish is a Latin language with a vocabulary closely related to French. Thus, there are tens of thousands of words that are the same or virtually the same in both English and Spanish. These words can be changed to Spanish with a simple alteration of accent or a minor change in pronunciation and spelling and vice versa.

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