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 5 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
False friends, part 4: Episode 133 – www.frenchyourway.com.au/podcast133
Vocabulary and Spelling of the French Words mentioned in this episode
Une injure = an insult; an offense
Injurier (qn) = to insult (sb)
Une blessure = an injury
Il a une blessure au genou.
Balancer = to sway
Une balançoire = a swing
Equilibrer = to balance
Un régime équilibré = a balanced diet
Joindre = to get hold of (sb) ; to attach / enclose (a doc.)
Une pièce jointe = an attached file/document
To join (socially) = retrouver
To join (to connect) = assembler, attacher
I’ll join you later = Je vous retrouve plus tard
Se joindre (à qn) = to join (sb)
Je peux me joindre à vous ? Can I join you ?
Adherer a, s’inscrire a, devenir membre de (un club, une association, etc.)
Un,e adhérent,e = un,e membre
Local, locaux (nm) = premises
Un bâtiment, les lieux (masc plur.)
George a été congédié et on lui a demandé de quitter immédiatement les locaux (or: les lieux). = George was fired and asked to leave the premises immediately.
prémisse (nf) = reason, underlying cause
Les mauvaises conditions climatiques sont les prémisses de ces accidents.
Phrase (nf) = a sentence
Expression (nf), locution (nf) = a phrase
LINKS and RESOURCES!
- False friends, part 1: Episode 85- frenchyourway.com.au/podcast85
- False friends, part 2: Episode 103- frenchyourway.com.au/podcast103
- False friends, part 3: Episode 118 – frenchyourway.com.au/podcast118
- False friends, part 4: Episode 133 – frenchyourway.com.au/podcast133
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