Cultures interact and influence each other all the time. Language is often at the forefront of this cultural interaction.

Many native English speakers find Chinese extremely difficult to learn. This is understandable given the apparent difference between the two language systems: Chinese is ideographic while English is phonetic.

Despite the huge differences, many Chinese words actually originated from English. This is because of the intensive engagement between China and various English-speaking countries in the past century.

Here is a list of Chinese words that originated from English that may surprise you.



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Kenan Gu

Kenan Gu is a student majoring in Political Science at NYU. Born and raised in Mainland China, He hopes to enhance mutual understanding and cooperative relationships between China and the West with his expertise.