What langages other than French and English do have 'false friends' (same word, different meaning)?
- Don VertoLv 74 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.
- Anonymous5 months ago
There are many in Spanish, the most amusing being "embarazada" which means "pregnant," not "embarrassed."
- PontusLv 75 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.
- John PLv 75 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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- ZirpLv 75 months ago
It would be easier to list pairs of languages that don't have false friends....
- PyrusLv 65 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).