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    False Friends

    Anyone who has ever been embarrassed or amused by using or hearing a "false friend" in speech (or who fears such embarrassment) might enjoy this article:
    False Friends: Diverting Traffic in the Language Classroom : Teachers at Work : Thinkmap Visual Thesaurus
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Re: False Friends

    Nice article, thanks. Embarazada meaning pregnant rather than embarassed in Spanish was one that always caused amusement when I was there

    It would be nice if more people could add examples here, as you have to be a member over there to comment

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    Re: False Friends

    The author mentioned my favorite, pretender. I often hear from my Brazilian students statements like "I pretend to be a doctor." Isnīt that a crime in the US?

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    Re: False Friends

    There are many false friend lists on the 'net. Here's one.
    False Friends - Spanish Words That Are Easily Misunderstood

    There are also false friends between dialects of English: 'fanny' comes to mind.

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    Re: False Friends

    Quote Originally Posted by alexcase View Post
    Embarazada meaning pregnant rather than embarassed in Spanish
    Embarazada means pregnant in Spanish, but thereīs a similar word that means embarrassing: embarazoso/a
    A situation / moment can be embarazosa/o.

    embarazoso - Diccionario Ingles-Espaņol WordReference.com

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    Re: False Friends

    French and English have got heaps of false friends and of right friends, which may be helpful and funny or merely embarrassing. There's a chunk of in this: http://www.learn-english-today.com/l...faux_amis.html. Here's an example of a false friend: 'attend' doesn't mean << attendre >> (meaning 'wait for'). Here's an example of a right friend: 'rendezvous' means << rendez-vous >>.
    Last edited by philadelphia; 06-Oct-2010 at 19:21.

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