The WSU-CI has been working on a video series spotlighting Chinese cognates --words borrowed from English or other foreign languages and adapted to Chinese. Cognates, of course, are especially easy to incorporate into one's target language, since learners are already familiar with these words in their native language. While cognates are plentiful between languages with common roots or between languages where populations are open to borrowing or incorporating foreign words, such foreign words are comparatively rare in Chinese. Nevertheless, we have discovered over 100 instances where Chinese has incorporated words from English and other Western languages in areas ranging from food and drink to music, the arts, clothing, and scientific words. The words may not always seem recognizable at first, but once understood, will help learners of Chinese to augment their vocabulary quickly.

Below are links to Chinese Cognates videos available on Youtube and Youku:

 

 

 Video LinksPPT Links
  Cognates #1: Foodhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1lky1FPMtmYm4y-nQUKpW_OqIrnh_Irth/view?usp=sharing
  Cognates #2: Beverageshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1QrSSk_ipcE_OcqaFJPc6INnpbNQFMoAL
  Cognates #3: Dessertshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1jKwkc6mMftnq9EIgCgSZm7u5PMpm0chm
  Cognates #4: Medicine & Drugshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1RG5NqVePKUjSvuYN70vUMHDdhlLYDy5K
  Cognates #5: Measurementshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1kQ9pcKi1bnDXS3lLkNVaLXNl_mGAZ1ZU
  Cognates #6: Scientific Wordshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1DoEgkvqeA581dOjoXncL0USBtcsjdgmN
  Cognates #7: Western Inventionshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1clDaJZ0D4UrD9HQxuANdPEqtljdLhGOg
  Cognates #8: Sports & Recreationhttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1jmcz9Wunrn3KWCAMn10YTpli7dRl2hWL
  Cognates #9:  Clothing and Materialshttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1i680-qY0oC3y2PNTT12iZB3f2Qnx4DWt
  Cognates #10: Music & Dancehttps://drive.google.com/open?id=1I-LEEDaUq6id30Hx0sdpvaTRh7tKDZUk 

 


 

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