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False Friends

Post by Martín M on Sun May 10, 2015 8:44 pm

False friends are pairs of words or phrases in two languages or dialects (or letters in two alphabets) that look or sound similar, but differ significantly in meaning.
Task
1) Look up 5 false friends (English - Spanish)
2) Post the five words with their real meaning and the word in Spanish that may create confusion.

Eg.
English                      Spanish

Carpet (alfombra)        Carpeta

See you next time!

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Re: False Friends

Post by ana noemi furio on Fri May 15, 2015 4:16 pm

English Spanish

Arm (brazo) arma (weapon)
Conductor (director) conductor (auto) (driver)
exit (salida) éxito(success)
Library (biblioteca) librería (bookshop)
Horn ( cuerno) horno (oven)

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Re: False Friends

Post by FernandoIerino on Fri May 15, 2015 7:43 pm

English Spanish
sea (mar) sea (del verbo ser)
horn (bocina) horno
table (mesa) tabla
red (rojo) red
floor (piso) flor
file (archivo) fila

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Re: False Friends

Post by sofiag on Fri May 15, 2015 10:21 pm

English Spanish
Once (una vez) 11
Sole (suela) Sol
Bark (ladrar) Barco
ant (hormiga) Antes
Mirror (espejo) mirar

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Re: False Friends

Post by Martín M on Fri May 15, 2015 11:42 pm

They are all very nice false friends. Well done, good job! I just have one comment on one of Ana's words. "Arm" can also mean weapon in English, so it's not really a friend. For a word to be a false friend, it needs to have a completely different meaning than the wordd in the other language. If it has a secondary meaning or a similar meaning, then it's not considered a false friend anymore. Other than that, very well done.

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