False Cognates – French and Spanish

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French False Cognates (aka False Friends)

  • abus (excess/overindulgence) ≠ to abuse (d’abuser)
  • actuel (current) ≠ actual (réelles)
  • actuellement (currently) ≠ actually (en fait)
  • ancien (former) ≠ ancient (antique)
  • assister (to attend) ≠ to assist (aider)
  • attendre (to wait) ≠ to attend (assister)
  • avertissement (warning) ≠ advertisement (publicité)
  • blessure (an injury) ≠ blessing (bénédiction)
  • change (foreign currency) ≠ change (changement)
  • collège (middle school) ≠ college (l’université)
  • comédien(ne) (actor/actress) ≠ comedian (comédien)
  • déception (disappointment) ≠ deception (deception)
  • décevoir (to disappoint) ≠ deceive (tromper)
  • deputé (member of parliament) ≠ deputy (adjoint)
  • disposer (arrange/have available) ≠ to dispose of (de disposer de)
  • editeur (publisher) ≠ editor (rédacteur en chef)
  • emettre (to put back/postpone) ≠ to remit (à remettre)
  • entendre (to hear) ≠ to intend (l’intention)
  • éventuel(lement) (possible/possibly) ≠ eventual(ly) (par la suite)
  • formel (strict) ≠ formal (formelle)
  • formidable (excellent) ≠ formidable (redoutable)
  • fournitures (supplies) ≠ furniture (muebles)
  • humeur (mood) ≠ humor (humour)
  • injure (an…

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