Foreign Words And Their Usage In English

Not sure how to use some foreign words in English? We often use different foreign words in our regular language because they sound cool and add an exotic feel to regular conversations.

Not sure how to use some foreign words in English? We often use different foreign words in our regular language because they sound cool and add an exotic feel to regular conversations. At times, we use these words and phrases because the foreign words fit perfectly in the situation and there is no English equivalent. Either way, seldom we know for sure exactly what the foreign word or phrase we are using actually means. So, put your confusions to rest.

1. Déjà Vu– (DE-JAA-VOO)- French Language
Translation: Already Seen
Usage in English: Refers to the feeling of having experienced an exact situation in the past too.

2. Espresso– (ESS-PRESS-O)- Italian Language
Translation: Pressed Out
Usage in English: Described as a strong black coffee made by pressing steam through ground coffee beans.

3. Laissez-Faire– (LAIS-SE-FAIR)- French Language
Translation: Let Do
Usage in English: Refers to the act of letting things take their own course without interference.

4. Voilà– (VOA-LA)- French Language
Translation: See There
Usage in English: Used when showing to other people something that you have just made or got and are pleased with

5. Per Se– (PER-SAY)- Latin
Translation: By Itself
Usage in English: Used as, in itself or oneself or themselves

6. Modus Operandi– (MODUS-OPERANDI)- Latin
Translation- Mode of operating
Usage in English: A particular way or method of doing something.

7. Quid Pro Quo– (KWID-PRO-KWO)- Latin
Translation- Something for Something
Usage in English- Used usually as an equal exchange for something done.

8. Status Quo– (STATUS-KWO)- Latin
Translation- Existing Condition
Usage in English- Used to define current or existing state of something

9. Alias– (AILEUS)- Latin
Translation- Also known as
Usage in English- used to indicate that a named person is also known or more familiar under another specified name.

10. R.S.V.P- Répondez S’il Vous Plaît– French Language
Translation- Respond if you please
Usage in English- A French acronym, used in invitation cards to designate the person that should be responded to, in the case of any query.

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