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Know Your Words: Origins 1

In this worksheet, students investigate the origins of words borrowed from other languages.

'Know Your Words: Origins 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Reading: Word Reading

Curriculum subtopic:  Root Word Awareness

Difficulty level:  

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Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Many words in the English language have been borrowed from other countries.

Sometimes the words are obviously foreign, such as when we use the French words 'bon voyage' to somebody who is leaving on a journey.

 

A lot of other borrowed words have become so familiar that we no longer think of them as foreign.

 

 

For example, the word bungalow seems very English but in fact it came from India.

Match up the words in the list with the countries they originally came from.

 

You may need to use a dictionary to help you.

Column A

Column B

spaghetti
Italy
chalet
India
rucksack
Japan
flamenco
France
chapati
Germany
karaoke
Spain

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A popular type of Spanish dancing is called ________.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

Long strips made out of flour and water and cooked with a sauce are called ________.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A wooden hut in the mountains is called a ________.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A bag that you carry on your back is called a ________.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A flat round bread often eaten with Indian food is called a ________.

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

My friend Jenna loves singing and she's going to enter the ________ competition tonight.

Choose the correct French word to match the following definition.

 

A present or memento brought back from a holiday.

souvenir

chandelier

chauffeur

Choose the correct Spanish word to match the following definition.

 

A paved outdoor area next to a house.

avacado

burrito

patio

Choose the correct Italian word to match the following definition.

 

Writing or drawings on walls in public places.

fiasco

graffiti

pergola

  • Question 1

Match up the words in the list with the countries they originally came from.

 

You may need to use a dictionary to help you.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

spaghetti
Italy
chalet
France
rucksack
Germany
flamenco
Spain
chapati
India
karaoke
Japan
  • Question 2

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A popular type of Spanish dancing is called ________.

CORRECT ANSWER
flamenco
  • Question 3

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

Long strips made out of flour and water and cooked with a sauce are called ________.

CORRECT ANSWER
spaghetti
  • Question 4

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A wooden hut in the mountains is called a ________.

CORRECT ANSWER
chalet
  • Question 5

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A bag that you carry on your back is called a ________.

CORRECT ANSWER
rucksack
  • Question 6

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

A flat round bread often eaten with Indian food is called a ________.

CORRECT ANSWER
chapati
  • Question 7

Use one of the words from question 1 to complete the following sentence.

 

My friend Jenna loves singing and she's going to enter the ________ competition tonight.

CORRECT ANSWER
karaoke
  • Question 8

Choose the correct French word to match the following definition.

 

A present or memento brought back from a holiday.

CORRECT ANSWER
souvenir
  • Question 9

Choose the correct Spanish word to match the following definition.

 

A paved outdoor area next to a house.

CORRECT ANSWER
patio
  • Question 10

Choose the correct Italian word to match the following definition.

 

Writing or drawings on walls in public places.

CORRECT ANSWER
graffiti
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