The answer is yes! Those of you who are lucky to speak another Latin-derived language (I.e.: Castellano, Valenciano/Catalan, French, Rumanian) would be surprised to know this:
Nearly 60% of the English vocabulary is of Latin origin! Yeah! That is the reason why you can recognize so many words when learning English! (Incredible, uh?)

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A bit of history doesn’t hurt anyone…

Around year 1000, when everybody was thinking the world’s end was close, others saw the opportunity to expand their territories. This was the case of William, the then Duke of Normandy – a province in the north of France.

In a weak England submerged on a civil war, young and ambitious William saw the opportunity for a successful great scale invasion. Therefore, in 1066 England was invaded by a whole army of Norman warriors that conquered the whole country in a few weeks. And soon they occupied all the high political and ecclesiastical charges of England’s aristocracy.

But what language did these conquerors speak? French, of course! Apart from their families and friends, these people brought their language with them. And for more than 300 years(!!!!!) French was the official language in the Anglo-Saxon country for all important matters (royalty, court, business, etc).

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In spite of this, the plain people from the streets continued speaking English but, as said, it took 300 years for English and French to mix up, so English (with a lot of French influence) could be again the official language in the whole territory.
Still do not believe these words? Let´s test you credibility with a simple exercise:

Castellano

Valenciano/Catalan

English

Exercici

Exercise

Credibilidad

Credibility

Territorio

Territori

Llenguatge

Language

Continuaron

Continued

Importante

Important

Oficial

Official

Familias

Families

Conquistaron

Conquistaren

Aristocràcia

Aristocracy

Eclesiástico

Eclesiàstic

Ocuparen

Occupied

Invadieron

Invaded

Oportunidad

Oportunitat

Invasion

Invasion

Ambicioso

Ambitious

Sumergida

Sumergida

Provincia

Province

Caso

Case

Expandir

Expandir

Expand

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