False Friends

False Friends are words in two (or more) languages that sounds similar but differ significantly in meaning.
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Be careful Italian, Spanish and French English learners! Café does not mean coffee. ☕

Be careful Italian, Spanish and French English learners! Café does not mean coffee. ☕

This week's False Friend Friday image can be confusing for Italian learners because the Italian word 'RUMORE' means noisy and loud in English.  As you can see - RUMOUR in English is very different :)    Note:  Rumour could be translated in Italian as la diceria.

This week's False Friend Friday image can be confusing for Italian learners because the Italian word 'RUMORE' means noisy and loud in English. As you can see - RUMOUR in English is very different :) Note: Rumour could be translated in Italian as la diceria.

This can be confusing for Italian learners because 'pace' (pronounced PAHchay) means peace in Italian.

This can be confusing for Italian learners because 'pace' (pronounced PAHchay) means peace in Italian.

CARTOON is confusing for Italians because it sounds like 'cartone' and 'cartone' in Italian means 'cardboard' in English.  The translation for the English word CARTOON is #FUMETTO or #CARTONEANIMATO

CARTOON is confusing for Italians because it sounds like 'cartone' and 'cartone' in Italian means 'cardboard' in English. The translation for the English word CARTOON is #FUMETTO or #CARTONEANIMATO

#falsefriendfriday  • • The confusion with PARENTS is that 'parenti' means 'relatives/family' in Italian.  Lots of my students use the word 'parents' to talk about aunt, uncle, cousins etc.  Example: "I went to my parents house with my mom and dad last weekend."  • This can be quite confusing for the listener. • As you can see from my example and explanation in the picture, PARENTS = MOM & DAD (e basta). • Do you have a similar false friend in your language?  Comment below!

#falsefriendfriday • • The confusion with PARENTS is that 'parenti' means 'relatives/family' in Italian. Lots of my students use the word 'parents' to talk about aunt, uncle, cousins etc. Example: "I went to my parents house with my mom and dad last weekend." • This can be quite confusing for the listener. • As you can see from my example and explanation in the picture, PARENTS = MOM & DAD (e basta). • Do you have a similar false friend in your language? Comment below!

It's #FalseFriendFriday , ladies!  ••• This week's #FalseFriend is confusing for Italian learners because the Italian words 'annoiare/annoiato' are related with boredom (boring/bored/bore etc.) As you can see from my picture, 'annoy/annoying/annoyed' are used very differently in English!

It's #FalseFriendFriday , ladies! ••• This week's #FalseFriend is confusing for Italian learners because the Italian words 'annoiare/annoiato' are related with boredom (boring/bored/bore etc.) As you can see from my picture, 'annoy/annoying/annoyed' are used very differently in English!

This false friend is confusing because the Italian word 'NOIOSO' means boring.

This false friend is confusing because the Italian word 'NOIOSO' means boring.

This false friend is similar to the Italian word: 'magazzino', which in Italian means: Warehouse/industrial storage facility.

This false friend is similar to the Italian word: 'magazzino', which in Italian means: Warehouse/industrial storage facility.

The confusion is with the Italian noun 'riunione', which is actually 'meeting' in English.    Lots of my Italian students use this form:  "I have a work reunion today", which is incorrect.   In English, we use 'reunion' to mean a social gathering, and most commonly between distant family members who are getting together after a length of time, or between old classmates who come together every 10 years.

The confusion is with the Italian noun 'riunione', which is actually 'meeting' in English. Lots of my Italian students use this form: "I have a work reunion today", which is incorrect. In English, we use 'reunion' to mean a social gathering, and most commonly between distant family members who are getting together after a length of time, or between old classmates who come together every 10 years.


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