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Lisa's week: Quick tip of the week – “Popular” false friends – part 2

You might remember my top ten false friends from way back in the series (episode 14). Those pesky little words and phrases in English that sound the same as a word in German but actually have totally different meanings. Well, I thought I’d come back today with another set of 10 top mistaken words.


            German - English

1.         Kollege - colleague

            Hochschule - college

2.         Notiz - note

            Aushang - notice

3.         prägnant - concise

            schwanger - pregnant

4.         (Werbe)spot - commercial / advert

            Pickel - spot

5.         kontrollieren - to check / to monitor

            beherrschen / steuern - to control

6.         Mobbing / mobben - bullying / to bully

            angreifen / schikanieren - to mob

7.         konsequent - consistent

            infolgedessen - consequent(ly)

8.         Ambulanz - out-patient clinic

            Krankenwagen - ambulance

9.         Fabrik - factory

            Stoff - fabric

10.       Marke - brand

            Note (Zeugnisnote) / Fleck - mark


How many of these do you use incorrectly in your day-to-day conversations?


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

Episode 14: Quick tip of the week - "Popular" false friends

Episode 15: Pie in the sky 

Episode 16: Through the tunnel

Episode 17: Keep left!

Episode 18: Quick tip of the week - Rise vs. raise vs. arise

Episode 19: How do you say that?

Episode 20: Back to School!

Episode 21: Sweet cravings

Episode 22: Can you change a fiver?

Episode 23: Grabbing some "me time"

Episode 24: Typical Mistakes (part 1)

Episode 25: Fancy a cuppa?

Episode 26: Quip tip of the week - Fell vs. fall etc.

Episode 27: Things that go bump in the night!

Episode 28: Remember, remember the fifth of November, gunpower, treason and plot

Episode 29: What's that badge you're wearing?

Episode 30: Bless you!

Episode 31: What are you thankful for?

Episode 32: Where's the larget Christmas Market outside Germany or Austria?

Episode 33: What's behind the door?

Episode 34: The joy of a Christmas cracker!

Episode 35: Does it all fit on the table?

Episode 36: Seeing in the New Year

Episode 37: How are your resolutions going?