False friends

November 14, 2018

As English and Spanish share a number of words with the same Latin root, which means it can be quite easy to understand certain words, for example:

 

Alcohol, Brutal, Chocolate, Debate, Error, General, Hotel, Informal, Kilo, Legal, Mango, Normal, Oriental, Panorama, Rural, Triple, Universal.

 

However, there are other words which look the same but in reality have a totally different meaning. These false friends can cause problems. For example, embarrassed means "vergüenza" and "pregnant" means "embarazada"!

 

Here is a list of common false friends:

 

 

 

 

 

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