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Lisa's week: Quick tip of the week – “Popular” false friends

False friends – those words in German that have a very similar word in English but a totally different meaning – are part of my everyday.

Some days I could even play “False Friend Bingo” I hear them so often!

And of course, when I’m speaking German, I have to be careful not to fall into the trap of using them incorrectly the other way around too, although I’m sure I do from time to time.

So here's my Top 10!

 

German

 

English

bekommen

to get

werden

to become

 

 

sensibel

sensitive

vernünftig

sensible

 

 

aktuell

Current

tatsächlich / eigentlich

Actually

 

 

spenden

to donate

etwas ausgeben z. B Geld

to spend something e.g. money

 

 

Gift

poison

Geschenk

gift

 

 

Menü

set meal

Speisekarte

menu

 

 

Billion

trillion

Milliarde

billion

 

 

Peperoni

chilli pepper

Salami

peperoni

 

 

Marmelade

jam

Orangenmarmelade

marmalade

 

 

Chef

boss/manager

Koch (Restaurant) / Chefkoch

chef

 

 


What is Lisa's week?

"We’ve (hopefully) been entertaining you so far with the meaning and background of a weekly English idiom and now we’ve decided to expand that a little to give me the chance to share some details that come my way in my daily life as a Business English teacher. I hope to find weekly tidbits of information and experience to tell you about such as British traditions that I (or we) celebrate, or typical mistakes made when speaking English, or even some of the funny things I come across in my daily life. We hope that you’ll enjoy the insight into the life of a Brit in Germany!"

 

Episode 1: The Queen's 90th birthday

Episode 2: What did you do last Sunday?

Episode 3: What's the best way to answer?

Episode 4: The sound of London

Episode 5: Not just a last resort

Episode 6: Quick tip of the week: advice vs. advise

Episode 7: Title talk

Episode 8: The Union Jack

Episode 9: Why Thursday?

Episode 10: Quick tip of the week - Are you watching or just looking?

Episode 11: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness

Episode 12: Don't forget to take you handy to the public viewing!

Episode 13: Up in the Highlands

28.07.2016