Faux Amis


Be aware of cognates that have different meanings in English and French.

Reference: Oxford Language Dictionaries.com

http://www.oxfordlanguagedictionaries.com/Public/PublicResources.html?direction=b-fr-en&sp=S/oldo/resources/fr/Difficulties-in-French-fr.html

French faux ami English translation English look-alike French translation of look-alike
actuel current, present actual réelexact
actuellement currently, at the moment actually en fait
agenda diary agenda ordre du jour (de réunion)
allure pace, speed; appearance; style allure attraitcharme
assister à to be present at, attend assist aider
attendre to wait (for) attend assister à
avertissement warning advertisement publicité
balance scales (for weighing) balance équilibre
blesser to wound bless bénir
bribes fragments bribes pots-de-vin
car coach car voiture
cave cellar cave grotte
chair flesh chair chaisefauteuilsiège
chance luck chance hasard
coin corner coin pièce (de monnaie)
déception disappointment deception tromperieduperie
demander to ask for demand exiger
éventuellement possibly, if necessary eventually finalement
fabrique factory fabric tissu
formidable great, terrific, fantastic formidable redoutable; impressionnant
génial brilliant genial cordial
gentil kind, nice, likeable gentle doux
injures (verbal) abuse injuries blessures
journée day journey voyage
lecture reading (matter) lecture cours magistral
librairie bookshop library bibliothèque
monnaie change (coins) money argent
nouvelle piece of news; short story novel roman
patron boss patron client
préservatif condom preservative conservateur
procès trial process processus
prune plum prune pruneau
prétendre to claim pretend faire semblant
quitter to leave quit arrêtercesser
raisin grape raisin raisin sec
rester to stay rest se reposer
sensible sensitive sensible sensible = raisonnable
stage (training) course stage stade; (Theatscène
sympathique nice, pleasant sympathetic compatissantcompréhensif
tissu fabric, material tissue mouchoir en papier
veste jacket, coat US vest

maillot de corps

 

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