#EngVocab: Commonly used foreign phrases and words in English

In this article, we’re going to talk about commonly used foreign phrases and words in English. Here’s a list of some of them:

  1. c’est la vie (french). Meaning: that is life.
  2. de facto (Latin). Meaning: in reality, actually.
  3. déjà vu (French). Meaning: the sense of having experienced the present situation before.
  4. joie de vivre (French). Meaning: Joy of living, enjoyment of life.
  5. quid pro quo (Latin). Meaning: a favour or advantage given in return for something, something for something.
  6. tête-à-tête (French). Meaning: a private conversation.
  7. agent provocateur (French). Meaning: a person who tempts a suspected criminal to commit a crime so that they can be caught and convicted.
  8. bona fide (Latin). Meaning: genuine, real.
  9. carpe diem (Latin). Meaning: make the most of the present time, seize the day.
  10. doppelgänger (German). Meaning: an apparition or double of a living person.

There are actually a lot more commonly used words and phrases in English, fellas. I promise we’ll talk about some other words and phrases in another article! Hope it’s useful for you :)

Compiled and written by @waitatiri at @EnglishTips4U on Wednesday, August 13, 2014

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