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Multicultural Words

Many words from other languages have found their way into the English language. Some imported words were adopted directly into English, while others came to English by way of other languages. A few of these words have unique spellings that can present problems for spellers.

African

banana chimpanzee mumbo jumbo okra samba  yam

Afrikaans

aardvark apartheid commando

Arabic

admiral algebra coffee elixir magazine monsoon mosque sherbet sofa zero

Australian

boomerang dingo eucalyptus kangaroo koala

Aztec

avocado cacao chili chocolate coyote mesquite ocelot tomato

Brazilian (Tupi)

cashew cougar jaguar macaw maraca piranha tapioca tapir toucan

Caribbean

 barbecue buccaneer canoe hammock hurricane iguana maize manatee potato tobacco

Celtic

bracket carpenter carriage

Czechoslovakian

robot

Chinese

chop suey kowtow kumquat kung fu tea typhoon wok

Dutch

bluff caboose cruise iceberg knapsack ravel tattoo waffle walrus yacht

Egyptian

gum gypsy ivory

French

acquit barber bauble buffet butcher carpenter chamois croutons dessert etiquette gourmet mayonnaise meringue potpourri sauté vogue

Gaelic

blarney leprechaun shamrock slogan

German

cobalt dachshund delicatessen frankfurter hamburger kindergarten liverwurst poodle pumpernickel quartz sauerkraut snorkel spiel stein strudel waltz

Greek

alphabet astronomy athlete democracy echo eclipse idiom lyric mystery olive politics stadium stoic strategy sympathy synonym

Hawaiian

aloha hula lanai lei luau ukulele

Hebrew

bedlam camel cinnamon kibbutz rabbi Icelandic geyser saga

Indian (India)

bandanna bungalow cashmere curry dinghy dungaree mongoose pajamas seersucker shampoo shawl veranda

Inuit

igloo kayak

Italian

arcade balcony broccoli cameo cartoon corridor incognito intrigue motto piano picturesque pizza profile umbrella velvet volcano Japanese hibachi karate kimono soy alibi alumnus animal canine census data digital exquisite fragile moderate mortal perfect province republic science senate solemn superb via

Malayan

amuck bamboo cockatoo gingham ketchup launch orangutan rattan sarong

Mexican

enchilada mustang tamale tortilla

North American Indian

chipmunk hickory moccasin quahog raccoon skunk squash succotash tepee toboggan tomahawk wigwam

Norwegian

fjord lemming ski slalom

Persian

azure bazaar caravan divan gondola jasmine khaki lilac orange paradise pistachio scarlet shah talcum turban

Peruvian (Aymara)

alpaca condor llama pampas puma

Polish

polka

Portuguese

caste cobra dodo emu marmalade molasses

Russian

cosmonaut czar mammoth parka sputnik steppe

Sanskrit

chintz crimson ginger jungle maharajah pepper sandal sugar

Scottish

bog eerie golf gruesome heckle rampage stalwart weird

Slavic

cravat sable slave trombone trumpet

Spanish

alligator armada armadillo cafeteria canyon fiesta mosquito patio plaza siesta sombrero tornado

Swedish

rutabaga smorgasbord tangle tungsten

Turkish

caftan horde jackal ottoman pilaf turkey yogurt

Welsh

crowd flannel maggot penguin

Yiddish

bagel klutz knish kosher schlemiel schmo schnook schnozzle

 

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