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15 surprising cognates that come from Spanish

Words often move from one language to another. When words sound similar between languages, they are called cognates. As languages develop and change, new words often transfer from one language to the next. Some words also get slightly distorted and become altered in their transition. English shares words with languages from all over the world and many of them originate in Spanish.

Here are a few words that you may not have realized come from Spanish. Click on each image for a description:

Cognates are part of the reason that learning another language can be so easy. You’ll be surprised at how many words you’ll already know as you begin learning Spanish. Click here to find out more about starting classes.