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 English Vocabulary for ESL learners 


FAUX AMIS  -  FALSE FRIENDS - page 2

(French-English)



Faux amis or 'false friends' are words that appear to be the same in French and in English, but have a different meaning.
(Les faux amis sont des mots qui se ressemblent en francais et en anglais mais n'ont pas le meme sens.)


FRENCH ENGLISH
Incorrect Correct
EXAMPLE
Inconvenant Inconvenient Improper Improper behaviour will not be tolerated.
Injure Injure Insult Please don't take that as an insult.
Large Large Wide The Champs Elysées is a very wide avenue.
Lecture Lecture Reading Anne likes reading.
Librairie Library Bookshop A bookshop is where you buy
Location Location Rental/to rent
Lease/to let
Property rental is expensive in the city.
They signed a 2-year lease.
The house was let for two years.
Monnaie Money Currency
Change
I need change for the parking meter.
What currency is used in Norway?
Nuisance Nuisance Harm
Damage
Pollution
Noise is a form of pollution that can be harmful.
Organisme Organism Organisation
Agency
A relief agency is providing food and shelter.
Piece Piece Room
A play (theatre)
How many rooms are there in the house?
We saw a good play at the theatre.
Prevenir Prevent Warn He shouted to warn people of the danger.
Propre Proper Clean
Own
The kitchen is clean.
Emily has her own car.
Propriete Propriety Property The property belongs to the rich family.
Realize Realiser Accomplish
Carry out
Come true (a dream)
He accomplished the task without difficulty.
I hope all your dreams will come true.
Regarder Regard Look at Let's look at the pictures.
Resumer Resume Summarize/-ise
Sum up
The report summarises the main points.
Reunion Reunion Meeting A meeting was held to discuss the problem.
Sensible Sensible Sensitive A baby's skin is very sensitive.
Situation
(geographique)
Situation Location/located
Situated
The offices are in a good location/
are well located/well situated.
Store Store Blind We have blinds on our windows.
Supporter Support Put up with Teachers have to put up with noisy children.
Sympathique Sympathetic Nice
Friendly
Likeable
Our new neighbours are very nice Jack is a very likeable guy.
Tentative Tentative Attempt He made an attempt/
He attempted to escape.

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