Saturday, 14 March 2015

Japanese words in English?

Origin: 布団 (futon)
First known use: 1876

There are a surprisingly large number of Japanese loanwords in English, though these are concentrated in particular word categories. Here are some examples:

Arts 

bonsai, anime, origami, karaoke, haiku, manga, karate, judo, aikido, jujutsu

Business/Politics: 

tycoon, Shogun, mikado

Weather 

typhoon, tsunami

Religion

Zen, Shinto 

Clothing

kimono, obi

Food 

sushi, satsuma, miso, tempura, saki

Oxford English Dictionary editor, John Simpson, explains here how Japanese words entered English in three distinct historical phases 



A version of this post is included in the English FAQ Teaching Pack  Download for only £1.99

No comments:

Speak Your Mind

Powered By Blogger · Designed By ESOL Extras