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Stolen Words The English language borrows a lot of words from other languages, often without even changing them! But your dictionary can tell you where the word came from. For example, pasta n food made from a dough or paste of wheat flour, salt and water, such as spaghetti or macaroni. (It., pasta dough) Here, it tells us the word was taken from the Italian language.

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1. For each of the words below, say what language it came from, and what it now means. Can you find five more words to complete the table?

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