In 1066, the Norman invasion of England ensured that French, at least among the elite classes, would be the main language for the following three hundred years. It’s no surprise that so many French words are still used in English today although most of them are pronounced very differently.

Although there are a lot more French words used in English than this, here is a list of 20 very common French words used in English for you to start with:

  1. Croissant
  2. Boutique
  3. Coup
  4. Debris
  5. Debut
  6. Faux pas
  7. Brunette
  8. Information
  9. Communication
  10. Chauffeur
  1. Lingerie
  2. Regime
  3. Rendezvous
  4. Reservoir
  5. Salon
  6. Suite
  7. Bourgeois
  8. Bon voyage
  9. Table
  10. Cliché

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