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English Words of Asian Origin

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Ninja

Ninja

Japanese martial artists and secret agents

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Samurai

Samurai

Japanese military nobility

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Tsunami

Tsunami

Tidal wave

18

Go

Go

Japanese strategic board game for two players (also known as Igo, and as wéiqí in China, and as baduk in Korea)

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Tycoon

Tycoon

A dominating business figure, from the Japanese word for 'great lord'

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Tea

Tea

Because of the many merchants who sailed to the East and the Pacific islands, we now use "tea" (Mandarin word for energy) as part of the English language.

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chi

chi

Mandarin for energy

3

cheongsam

cheongsam

Chinese dress discovered by the Western world through colonization of Asian countries.

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Wushu

Wushu

Type of martial arts

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Tai-chi

Tai-chi

A form of martial arts

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Feng-shui

Feng-shui

Chinese system usually used in structures and dwellings to ensure positive energy flow.

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Tofu

Tofu

bean curd

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bok choy

bok choy

Cantonese word for the Chinese cabbage

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chopseuy

chopseuy

Cantonese dish of various vegetables, because it literally translates to “mixed pieces”

10

chow

chow

from the Cantonese word that translates to “stir fry”

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Chow Mein

Chow Mein

from Taishanese, which is a stir fried noodle

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lychee

lychee

a fruit; word of Cantonese origin

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gung-ho

gung-ho

meaning “to be extremely enthusiastic about something” from Mandarin

14

Mahjong

Mahjong

a kind of tile game