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Even though he had never visited that place before, Kyle's strong and sudden sense of _______ almost convinced him he'd been there before.

After she finished her medical studies and worked in a hospital for two years, Jill went to Africa to do some ______ medical work for the needy there.

The coach of the Spartans admitted that his team didn't have the most talent but that their ______ attitude was what kept them working hard and winning games.

The invitation was for 8:00. Sheryl realized her ______ right away when she arrived on time and was the only guest there.

The manager knew that the price increase would be followed quickly by a _____ of complaints from customers.

Many of Maria's colleagues are declining to help her with projects, calling her a ________ whose incredible talent is not worth the headache of working with her.

Anyone can call himself an "investment ________". The real experts, however, are too busy making money to spend time trying to teach others how to do it.

Media analysts have accused the political candidate of always changing his ideas in every speech. They cannot predict his opinion ________ before every interview.

Joe finally had to admit that his beloved television was finally ________ and it was time to buy a new one.

Sam agreed to help me with the pipes on a _______ basis. In return, I will fix his truck.


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95 Comments on “Improve your Vocabulary: Foreign Words in English”


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Amazing lesson as usual with amazing grade on the quiz I got 100 out of 100 . And I really enjoyed it (:

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Thanx!!! Very Interesting One! Keep it up and Good Luck!

Saturday, July 1st 2017

the quis was litlle difficult

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    Keep trying Anuar ;)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

actually loved this lesson,, thanks MR.Adam yo’re a guru <3

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Thanks Adam, nice lesson!!!!
But, where are the Spanish words???

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Hi, Adam. Thanks for the great lesson. Does English have any influance of Russian? :)

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    Sure, Vicbuk. Commonly these Russian words suggest Russian things, but some are more universal, like balaclava, Tsar (czar), vodka, troika, etc. English is a bit of everything actually.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

* influence

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    Thank you. Great lesson, great teacher. :)

    Tuesday, July 18th 2017

Very interesting!

Saturday, July 1st 2017

last time, I couldn’t ask the question proper. I am confused in the following sentences:
1. cut the cake without using knife
2. cut the cake without using a knife.
3. cut the cake without using the knife.
4. use knife to cut the cake.
5. use a knife to cut the cake.
6. use the knife to cut the cake .
are all the above sentences correct? If it is so, I would like to know how and when you use them?

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    2,3, 5, 6 are all correct.
    1 and 4 can be ok in written instructions, but then you would need to remove ‘the’ before cake (essentially, removing understood words).

    The others are a matter of definite or indefinite. a knife = any knife that is available. the knife = a specific knife (i.e., can point to it).

    Does this help?

    Monday, July 17th 2017

I focused at Guru, lol. Guru means teacher in my country

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    Here too, Eliana, but a very special one.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

I am twenty five years old .I live in Shang Hai now . I want find a real foreign friend to learn English. If you are a foreigner and you want learn Chinese too,we can teach each other .This is my qq 2503755977.Please add me .Thank you very much.

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    This is a quid pro quo, Lol

    Wednesday, July 19th 2017

Thank you, Adam!! It is a very interesting topic!!!

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Hi Adam.
An other very interesting lesson!
As you mentioned, in latino countries we have a completely different meaning for “Qui pro quo” .
In our case a “Qui pro quo” means a confusion or a mistake (taking one thing for an other).
Best wishes.
Angel.

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    Interestiong. Thanks Europeangel :)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

thanks, I get 7/10 :)

Saturday, July 1st 2017

There are a lot of words from foreign languages in Spain or in Spanish or “Castilian”, overall from Latin but also from English because is the language that we are studying at the moment. Some of them are “líder”, “manager”, “coach”, “mister”, “gol”, “smoking”, “tennis”, “hardware”, “software”, “freeware”, “poker”, “as”, “futbol” and more of them, but there is a “quid pro quo” between the two languages like “patio”, “plaza”, “piñata”, “Siesta” and “macho” used in English. But there are some more in Engish like “rucksack”, “kindergarten”, “delicatessen”, “rendezvous”, “genre”, “entrepreneur”, “croissant”, and a lot of them which are used commonly as daily expressions. Thanks a lot, teacher Adam, learning English with enchanting explanations will have us to enjoy it and being fun and entertaining, it will also like us to follow its history and development as a form of universal expression among the people of the world.

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Sorry for the spelling mistake:

It’s Je ne sais quoi, not qua.

Saturday, July 1st 2017

    I think I found another mistake – ascertain

    Sunday, July 2nd 2017

      Hi Roshavbg,

      Actually, this is a spacing mistake. It should be a certain (i.e., a certain je ne sais quoi)

      Monday, July 17th 2017

        Now everything make sense. Thank you for your answer.

        Monday, July 17th 2017

Hi Adam, great lesson, thanks! Seems all languages are influenced by foreign ones. Regarding your lesson I keep in mind a very interesting Gill’s lesson called “Discover the History of English”.

Saturday, July 1st 2017

Great lesson. Thank you.

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

Hi adam
Can you explain to me the question number6
I did not understand the meaning very well
Thanks

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

    Hi Ahmaiss89,

    Maria is very talented, but she is also a prima donna, meaning she complains a lot and thinks she is better than others. So, people don’t want to work with her because it is too troublesome.

    Does this help?

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Interresting to know that parts of foreign language are dispached between every languages, but some domains are more influenced than others (ex more Latin in medical aera, and for French people, more English in data preocessing and computer domain). So, to learn technical vocabulary is a daily work with a part of trip.

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

    Interesting point. Thanks Marienba :)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

It’s a very interesting lesson. Thank you!

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

Adam is guru of English teaching. I always like his lessons, he’s best of the best.

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

9 out of 10 😌🙏🏻🙏🏻👍🏼

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

Thanks ! It was intersing

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

Dear .Adam,

I have an important question , last time I visit engvid it was in every lesson

When the teacher speaks I found every word he says is written in screen ,

Why this option is not available now ??? , could you please answer me it’s

Very important to understand what the teacher is saying ,

Please write the text on the screen as usual ,

Waiting your urgent replay .

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

    You need to turn on subtitles! It is next to the settings icon in the video player.

    Sunday, July 2nd 2017

      So sorry ,

      could you clarify , i can not find it !!?

      Wednesday, July 12th 2017

        oh oh oh so sorry
        i found it thank you very very very much ,
        relay i appreciate it very much ,
        thank you very very very much ,
        thank you .

        Wednesday, July 12th 2017

Hello my dear teacher! The lesson was very amaizing and interested. I should thank you for this nice lesson. Adam, please, accept my request about this essay. Can tou make a lesson about the Words: everyone, everybody, no one, no body, nothing, something, I mean actually the verb after them must be singulare or plural. For example; No body knows that or No body know that.Please make a lesson about this. That seems very important I Think.

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

    I’ll get on it, Mehdi ;)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

      I appreciate your help and I am very happy that there is such a good teacher as you in this program teaching us.

      Tuesday, July 18th 2017

in Italy instead of “quid pro quo” we use “do ut des” meaning I give in order to receive.
and “qui pro quo” has the meaning of “misunderstandig”:I understand qui instead of quo

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

    One day, I will learn Italian. Beautiful sounding language :)
    Thanks for the tip Papens.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

I like vocabulary lessons. Thank you Adam. Do it more with rare words.

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

    Sorry THEM!

    Sunday, July 2nd 2017

      or…….make them more…….yea…….that’s better.

      Wednesday, July 5th 2017

        Will do Katrin ;)

        Monday, July 17th 2017

Very nice topic, Adam.
Another Latin term I usually read is “bona fide” ☺
It indicates something genuine or made in good faith. Also, it can be referred to the credentials of a person or association, right?

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

    Yes, Antonella, good word (s):) And, yes, both meanings are used commonly.

    There are so many words like these in English. I may need to make another lesson or two to get the main ones :)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Good lesson..thanks

Sunday, July 2nd 2017

I don’t know if you know about this, we Japanese learned Tsunami as Tidal wave in my school days. Now it’s a universal word. In a sense, I’m sorry.

Monday, July 3rd 2017

    No need to be sorry Feles :) If it weren’t a Japanese word, it would have been another. Doesn’t make the phenomenon go away.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Thank you! Your lessons always challenge me

Monday, July 3rd 2017

What about per se? I know is Italian but what does it mean and how we do use it.

Monday, July 3rd 2017

    Hi Lori,

    essentially, it means the thing in itself:

    I don’t hate my job per se, I just hate the office politics that goes on there. — the job itself is good, but what goes on around the actual task is not pleasing.

    Does this help?

    Monday, July 17th 2017

      Thank you Adam it helps a lot. I listen to this word a lot in Friends a show that I really like and also helps me with my understanding. Thank you very much for explaning Adam.

      Tuesday, July 18th 2017

Thank you!

Monday, July 3rd 2017

Very interesting lesson, Adam. Thank you.

Tuesday, July 4th 2017

Thank you Adam for this captivating lesson. It was easy for me because my native tongue is French. Speaking of French, I think there is a spelling mistake in one French phrase: you should write “Je ne sais quoi”

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

    Thanks Xavier.

    I put up a notice on the mistake, but will do so again at the end of the comments. ;)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Great lesson, congrats for think outside the box, and give us another view of English.

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thanks Mr.Adam , we love you and you are a brilliant Guru

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

thanks for the lesson🌸

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Adam I’m going to begin translate jokes from old magazines(without help) and write them on this forum.(And of course I’ll be glad to read your improvements)
So, let’s get started. The first one.
(From a police officer’s protocol: Mr Siddoroff being too much drunk mixed up his mother-in-law with devil. So…. he’s mistaken….. a little bit.)

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

    I love this idea!

    Friday, July 7th 2017

      Thank You Moderator.

      Monday, July 10th 2017

    hope chatting together to enhance my language ! can we ?

    Friday, July 14th 2017

      Sorry Senior Awadallah, I really have no time.

      Saturday, July 15th 2017

    I agree, good idea :)

    Too much – mean the same, so either too drunk, or very drunk.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

It was very interesting lesson with a lot of useful information.
Thank you! Keep it up!

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

Thanks Adam!

Wednesday, July 5th 2017

This video really helped. I have issues about remembering vocabs or memorizing them, but it seems to be easier. Thank u Sir

Thursday, July 6th 2017

I ot 8 of 10. Excellent lesson Adam. Thanks you.

Thursday, July 6th 2017

Cool! Very interesting! Do it more!

Monday, July 10th 2017

Hello Adam,thank you for this nice lesson. I am a very big fan of Engvid and,if you have the time and the willing,I would like a lesson about the Inch and foot height measurement because it is all greek to me. Just a friendly suggestion :D

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

    Good idea, Noctuabundus ;)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Awesome lesson.

Wednesday, July 12th 2017

Thanks Adam for this very useful lesson. ;)

Thursday, July 13th 2017

Hi Adam. I am a big fan of you man. Right now I am going to prepare for the toefl ibt . Can I use these vocabs in the writing section ????

Thursday, July 13th 2017

    Hi Fahriddin,

    You can use some, but just make sure it’s the right context and make sure you use them correctly.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Adam this is my result of vocabulary test and I’m
proud of it a little bit and I think few people on this forum can do the same(though my aim is 20000).
http://testyourvocab.com/result?user=8672030
In 2013 my result on this same page was 7200 words(even though I read a lot it’s not a big progress)./maybe I need some change in my policy/
Thank you for lesson again!

Thursday, July 13th 2017

    Still a big jump :) I’d say keep at it. it will grow and grow.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

thanks adam , keep moving forward

Friday, July 14th 2017

I got 7 our of 10 ,, it’s bad mark i guess :/

hope any one chatting with me in order to enhancing my language !

Friday, July 14th 2017

    it’s a bad mark ,, faux pas language !

    Friday, July 14th 2017

    Not bad at all ;)

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Hello dear Adam.I have question again.What is redundancies and when,where,why are these used??Can you prepare lesson about it?

Friday, July 14th 2017

    Hi Nubar,

    redundancy means saying thing unnecessarily. This is most commonly an issue in writing.

    A basic example is to say that someone is very pregnant– a woman either is or isn’t pregnant, so the word very is redundant. Or to say that you “own the home you bought” is redundant because own = bought.

    Does this help?

    Monday, July 17th 2017

      yes dear Adam.it helped me.Thank you again)

      Thursday, July 20th 2017

Thanks, Adam.
There is one sentence I don’t quite understand.
“The nineteenth century saw considerable interest in the nature of genius, and produced not a few studies of famous prodigies.” What does the last sentence mean? ‘produced no’ that means what?
I will appreciate it if you can help. :)

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

Wow, that was a very interesting lesson du jour!. Thanks a lot our guru Adam.

Thursday, July 20th 2017
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