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Any traveler who’s been around the world picks up habits from the places they visit, and the English language is no different. English has mixed with other languages for centuries, and there’s a lot of evidence of that influence in the English vocabulary.

English has adopted lots of words from other languages. One example is ‘mosquito’, which comes from Spanish and Portuguese words meaning ‘little fly’. The same is true for ‘vodka’ -meaning ‘little water’ in Polish and Russian. There are countless others. Below is a list of five English words, and the languages they were borrowed from. Post your answer as a comment, telling us where you think each word comes from.

Words: coffee, shampoo, penguin, stove, ski,

Language of origin: Dutch, Welsh, Arabic, Norwegian, Hindi