What Percentage of English Words Come From French?


According to Wikipedia, between 60% and 70% percent of the English language is of “French, most derived from, or transmitted by, the Anglo-Norman spoken by the upper classes in England for several hundred years after the Norman Conquest, before the language settled into what became Modern English.”

About Jennifer Crespin

My name is Jennifer, and I’m an American living in the South of France with my family. My native language is English, and I speak French fluently. I love to travel, and have led guided tours in 15 countries in Western Europe with my former students from the United States. I completed a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and French, then taught French for a year and moved to France for a year before pursuing and earning a Master of Arts degree in French. I taught French at Saint Louis University High School, a Jesuit college preparatory school for young men, for 14 years. In the summer of 2013 I relocated to France with my family, and spent the summer working as Dean of l’Académie de France in Montpellier, a French immersion program for teenagers from around the world. A while before relocating to France, I began teaching French online via Skype. I and am now doing this full time, and I also give immersion classes and guided city visits in both languages in Béziers, France. It’s my job to guide you and help you along on your journey to learn French. Learning should be fun, and I will make sure that enjoy yourself as you improve your listening, writing, reading, and most importantly your speaking skills. Whether you decide to take conversation classes, grammar classes, tutoring sessions, or if you are preparing for an exam (DELF / DALF), over the years I have developed many creative strategies to guarantee your progress. All students have different learning styles, different strengths and weaknesses, and different levels. One of my first jobs as your teacher is to identify the approach that will work best for you so that you will get the most out of your classes as possible. Please visit my website for information on French Skype Lessons: http://www.lovelearninglanguages.com
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2 Responses to What Percentage of English Words Come From French?

  1. ih says:

    Haha, yeah, and the English still have a complex about it! :P

    • Jennifer says:

      Well it is also true that in France people use a lot of English in their daily lives, you can hear OK, cool, fake, post, legging, life, fun, nice… used by people who do not really speak English. Learning Languages is fun especially French and English!!

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