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Old 2nd May 2007, 07:23 PM   #1
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Default Notes in Spanish Intermediate 29 - Falsos Amigos

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OK, let's start a list, do you know any more falsos amigos?

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Old 2nd May 2007, 09:27 PM   #2
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OK, let's start a list, do you know any more falsos amigos?
REALIZAR - to carry out
DAR SE CUENTA - to realize

CALIDAD - quality (as in measure of worth)
CUALIDAD - characteristic of a person or thing

SOPORTAR - to put up with, tolerate
APOYAR - to support

EL RECUERDO - the memory (as in rememberance)
LA MEMORÍA -the memory (as in capacity to remember)

ASISTIR - to attend, to help
ATENDER - to pay attention, to take care of someone or something

ACTUALMENTE - currently
DE HECHO - actually
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Old 3rd May 2007, 04:08 AM   #3
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estar embarazado - to be pregnant
tener verguenza - to be embarrassed

exito - success
salida - exit

real - royal
verdadero - real

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Old 3rd May 2007, 12:17 PM   #4
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Sensible - sensitive

Sensato - sensible
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Old 3rd May 2007, 01:47 PM   #5
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grabar - to record
recordar - to remember
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Old 3rd May 2007, 06:34 PM   #6
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Solicitar - El proceso que empiezas cuando quieres un trabajo nuevo.

Aplicar - La aplicación de algo - p.ej. una crema en la piel.
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molestar- to bug/annoy
contestar- to answer
equivocarse- to be mistaken...to make a mistake
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Rape - Monkfish (causes a bit of confusion on menus...)
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presentar - to introduce (person)
introducir - to insert, introduce (thing)
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roer ENGLISH: verb: to gnaw, nibble DUTCH: noun: rudder (boat)

ruin ENGLISH: adj.: mean, stingy, despicable DUTCH: noun: gelding (horse)
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Old 3rd May 2007, 09:59 PM   #11
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haha..well I guess since we're using multiple languages now..here are some similar or actually shared words by Spanish and Arabic:
almojada: pillow in both languages
pato: duck in span. bata: in arabic (very similar pronounciation though)
torro: bull= same in both
alcazar= castle
moketa= carpet in span. moket= carpet arabic.
azul=azraq (sort of similar...lol)
alfombra=alfarsha= throw rug (once again..sort of)
camisa=camisa=shirt
alhambra=red (cuz it was built from red clay or stones or something on the outside)
freza=frez
azucar=sucar
aseita(don't know how to spell oil)= zeit
arroz= roz
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Old 3rd May 2007, 10:00 PM   #12
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Rape - Monkfish (causes a bit of confusion on menus...)
that's hilarious! I can imagine the look on a tourists face when reading that on a menu..lol!
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Old 3rd May 2007, 10:02 PM   #13
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I've even seen it as the name of a restaurant as well... imagine a huge billboard on the front of a building saying Rape !
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Old 3rd May 2007, 10:11 PM   #14
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I've even seen it as the name of a restaurant as well... imagine a huge billboard on the front of a building saying Rape !
OMG, that would be soooo hilarious and embarrasing if someone thought it actually meant rape..haha..but then again molesta= to bug and it sounds like molester and basta= enough...and well, I'm sure you know what it sounds like..lol
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carpeta = folder
carpet
= alfombra

ganga
= bargain
gang
= pandillo, grupo de personas

lectura
= reading
lecture
= conferencia, charla

ropa = clothing
rope
= cuerda, soga

once = eleven
once = una vez
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Old 4th May 2007, 01:49 PM   #16
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Pajaro (i know it should have a stress but I'm on a PC and dont know how)
Pajero

Look it up - always causes hilarity as spanish classes for beginners
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Jeje.

I made the same mistake once at evening classes. The teach laughed and got a little embarrassed.

Not forgetting Mitsubishi, who brought out the Mitsubishi Pajero, in the uk i think its called Shogun. Funny as they called it Mitsubishi Pajero for the South American market.
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Jeje.

I made the same mistake once at evening classes. The teach laughed and got a little embarrassed.

Not forgetting Mitsubishi, who brought out the Mitsubishi Pajero, in the uk i think its called Shogun. Funny as they called it Mitsubishi Pajero for the South American market.
It's called Montero in Spain. I remember someone we met, he kept on about his Pajero, but when I told him the meaning in mainland Spain, he was gutted!
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haha..well I guess since we're using multiple languages now..here are some similar or actually shared words by Spanish and Arabic:
almojada: pillow in both languages
pato: duck in span. bata: in arabic (very similar pronounciation though)
torro: bull= same in both
alcazar= castle
moketa= carpet in span. moket= carpet arabic.
azul=azraq (sort of similar...lol)
alfombra=alfarsha= throw rug (once again..sort of)
camisa=camisa=shirt
alhambra=red (cuz it was built from red clay or stones or something on the outside)
freza=frez
azucar=sucar
aseita(don't know how to spell oil)= zeit
arroz= roz
But some of these words are not really false friends, they are actually loan words from Arabic. Many if not most Spanish words beginning with al- have Arabic roots. And the word 'camisa' may be a Spanish loan word in Arabic:

camisa.

(Del celtolat. camisĭa).

Since your second native language is Arabic, you can eat your heart out here! This list has got more than 1200 words in it...

http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Spa...bic_words.html

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Old 4th May 2007, 02:55 PM   #20
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Tremendo is the Spanish equivalent of 'tremendous' but it also means 'horrible' or 'the limit' (= el colmo): tu marido es tremendo, siempre se olvida de los cumpleaños: your husband is the limit, he always forgets birthdays.
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