Tag: false friends
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On this week’s Word Watch, we to present you another theme for our notable and newsworthy lexemes. We’ll call it ‘(Not so) lost in translation’. Delicious We begin with an incident of international – and translational – proportions. Kicking off his state visit in Sydney, French President Emmanuel Macron said to Australian Prime Minister Malcolm […]more
Building a bridge between two languages is a very demanding undertaking, and ‘false friends’ make it harder still. False friends are more commonly known as ‘false cognates’, or words that are similar or identical in both languages but which convey a different meaning. They give us a false sense of security before leading us astray. […]more
As an English speaker learning French, it is always a relief to come across a familiar word and to be able to guess its meaning without having to trawl through a bilingual dictionary: restaurant, hôtel, accompagnement. The English equivalents haven’t strayed too far from the French words they derived from, so it’s simple to work […]more