Over 500 French words have an Arabic origin

Did you know: Plenty of everyday French words have Arabic origins, including that most typically ‘French’ of drinks, coffee

French is not only a Latin based language, it also has many words with Arabic origins. Professor Jean Pruvost who teaches lexicography at the University of Cergy-Pontoise has just published a book which places Arabic as the third influence on the French language after English and Italian.

As soon as you wake up, words with Arabic origins will come to mind as you drink a tasse (arab word) of ...

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