What langages other than French and English do have 'false friends' (same word, different meaning)?

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  • 4 months ago

    It is a very common thing in Spanish.One word can have many meanings and uses,especially small words with or without accents.Examples are de,si,que,por.para,llama,and many more.

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  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    There are many in Spanish, the most amusing being "embarazada" which means "pregnant," not "embarrassed."

    • Don Verto
      Lv 7
      5 months agoReport

      Indeed it can also mean embarrassed.Many words in Spanish have many different meangs.

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  • Pontus
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    English and Spanish

    English and Italian

    English and Japanese (Japanese has adopted a fair number of English words, but they don't always have the same meaning they did in the original English).

    I'm sure many others.

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  • John P
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    English and German, probably many European languages. The word "slip" (as clothing) in German means what in Britian is "knickers" or "panties". In British English a "slip" is a thin undergarment between a dress and the knickers. And in German "Lust" means "joy" and "merriment" and similar. So "Lust in der Brust" means "joy in the heart", not "lust in the breast".

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  • Zirp
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    It would be easier to list pairs of languages that don't have false friends....

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  • Pyrus
    Lv 6
    5 months ago

    Many, if you think about it. It can go to as far as Arabic if you want, even Armenian. For example when you say "Charger" in Armenian, it actually means "it's not worth it". If you say "Air" to someone who speaks Arabic, they'll think you are saying "dick". There are a lot of other words as well, and don't forget that there are part of words that also make full sense in other languages. You have Spanish and Italian as well. Here is another example: If you say "****", in Arabic it means "Unscrew, or Dismantle" (by using a screwdriver usually).

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