Many words in French and English are similar or look similar. That’s lucky because it helps with learning vocabulary faster. However, these words sometimes means something very different in the two languages! In this case, they are called “faux amis”, false friends, or false cognates. Here’s a list of 10 common false friends so you don’t make the mistake!
False friends, part 1: Episode 85- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast85
False friends, part 2: Episode 103- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast103
False friends, part 3: Episode 118 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast118
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Une caméra =a movie/film camera
Un appareil photo = a camera
Un délai = a deadline
Un retard = a delay
Un député = a Member of Parliament
Un adjoint = a deputy
La politique = politics ; a policy
la politique étrangère – foreign policy
la politique budgétaire = budget policy
la politique de l’autruche = ostrich-like approach
un agenda = a diary
l’ordre du jour (nm) = the agenda (of a meeting)
énergétique = energetic (eg resources); energy-driving (eg drink)
énergique = energique, vigorous, dynamic
Expérimenté,e (adj) = experienced, confirmé, chevronné
To be experienced in (sth) = avoir de l’expérience dans [qch]
assumer = to take on (responsibility), to accept (a situation)
supposer, partir du principe que = to assume
assumption = une supposition, une hypothèse
la lecture = reading
une conférence (public talk); un cours magistral (university) = a lecture
LINKS and RESOURCES
- False friends, part 1: Episode 85- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast85
- False friends, part 2: Episode 103- www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast103
- False friends, part 3: Episode 118 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast118
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