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    English word means different in other language

    Nice way to learn any other language is searching those words which we use in our daily life but they have different meaning in other language.

    I found a word "Brat" which actually means "Childish or Kiddish" but in Russian "Brat" means "Brother".

    Brat is sometimes found as a name as well.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    Doesn't that presuppose knowing the meaning of the word in English as well as the other language? In which case, where does the learning come in? I have know the English word brat all my life without having any idea that there was a word that was possibly related in Russian.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    Quote Originally Posted by Tdol View Post
    Doesn't that presuppose knowing the meaning of the word in English as well as the other language? In which case, where does the learning come in? I have know the English word brat all my life without having any idea that there was a word that was possibly related in Russian.

    Exactly that is what I mean, there are many words which we use in our daily conversation, but they mean something very strange in other language. Learning such words is really interesting to me. Don't you find it interesting? Well I liked it when I came across such words.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    Yes, It sounds interesting. This way we can learn same words for other language. I have also searched some. Like in German "Gift" means "Poison".

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    Quote Originally Posted by naomiwatts View Post
    A nice way to learn any other another language is searching to search for words which we use in our daily life but they have a different meaning in other languages.

    I found the word "brat", which actually means "childish or kiddish", but in Russian "brat" means "brother".

    Brat is sometimes found used as a name as well.
    Quote Originally Posted by naomiwatts View Post
    Exactly That is exactly what I mean. There are many words which we use in our daily conversation (no comma needed here) but they which mean something very strange in other languages. Learning such words is really interesting to me. Don't you find it interesting? Well, I liked like it when I came come across such words.
    Quote Originally Posted by ericchurch View Post
    Yes, it sounds interesting. This way, we can learn the same words for in other languages. I have also searched for some. Like For example, in German "Gift" means "poison".
    Please note my multiple corrections in the posts above.

    Also, note that "kiddish" does not exist and that "brat" does not mean "childish". It usually means a badly behaved child.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    Quote Originally Posted by naomiwatts View Post
    Don't you find it interesting? Well I liked it when I came across such words.
    It is indeed interesting to find familiar words in other languages.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    As a Russian I can confirm that the word "Brat" or "Брат" means "brother".
    Please, correct all my mistakes. I should know English perfectly and if you show me my mistakes I will achieve my dream a little bit faster. A lot of thanks.

    Not a teacher nor a native speaker.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    I find I can remember French words easily when they're cognates of English words but have somewhat different meanings. This works best when literally translating the French word results in the same basic meaning with a very odd construction. For example, the French phrase for (approximately) "Go ahead and sit down" is installez-vous. Translated literally, we get "install yourself"; a very odd thing to tell someone, but a strangely accurate way to express the thought.

    Humorous connections seem to lodge in my mind better than dry, factual ones.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    Cat in Lao is meow. It's an easy one to remember.

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    Re: English word means different in other language

    NOT A TEACHER

    When people have a meal at a bistro (small restaurant), they may not know this story:

    Reportedly, when Russian troops marched into Paris after the defeat of Napoleon, they demanded that food be served to them fast. So they used the Russian word for "fast": bistro.

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