By Saul H. Rosenthal
Faux amis (or "false friends") are French phrases that glance and sound like English phrases yet have completely assorted meanings than what you are expecting, inflicting power misunderstandings and awkward situations.
French pretend Amis: The mixed Book might help you steer clear of those embarrassing misunderstandings. it is written in conversational language and it is simple and enjoyable to learn. you are going to find out how every one French note differs from the English one and spot it used adequately in instance sentences. and you will find that you will research almost all these fake amis with no need to consciously memorize them, just because they're so interesting.
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To translate the English expression “to provide an opinion” into French, use exprimer l’avis or donner l’avis. un slip – a slip Un slip isn't a slip, certainly not. Un slip is a couple of bikini sort underpants, for both males or girls, or the bikini backside of a woman’s piece bathing go well with. Quand je suis entré, elle était en soutien-gorge et en slip – while I got here in she used to be in bra and panties. Il a fourré quelques chaussettes et quelques slips dans sa valise – He filled a few socks and underpants into his valise. Elle portait le slip de son maillot de bain sans le haut – She was once donning her bathing swimsuit backside yet no most sensible. To translate the English be aware slip into French the experience of garments, it’s une combinaison. To translate the English observe part slip into French, the proper notice is un jupon. (As an engaging apart, observe skirt is une jupe, “on” is a diminutive finishing in French (chat / chaton, etc), as a result un jupon, or “little skirt”, for a part slip. ) part observe: In English, “a slip” may have a number of different meanings. To translate those, test the various following: a slip on ice, (une glissade), a slip of the tongue (un lapsus, une erreur, ma langue a fourché), a slip in costs (une chute), a slip-up (une erreur, un pretend pas), it slipped my brain (cela m’est sorti de l. a. tête) or a slip of paper (une feuille de papier, un bordereau). simply as you cannot use un slip for a woman’s slip, you can't use un slip for any of those different meanings both. (You can use le slip for a ship slip, notwithstanding. it truly is indexed within the dictionary as un anglicisme. ) facet observe 2: ultimately, a man’s looser underpants, that we might name boxer shorts, are referred to as un caleçon. los angeles promiscuité – the promiscuity It’s effortless to imagine that phrases which seem so exact suggest an analogous factor, yet they don’t. In English, promiscuity often refers to licentiousness: particularly to having many sexual relationships with out discrimination or to having a number of sexual companions. Her widespread adjustments of boyfriends is not anything yet promiscuity in conceal. In French, even though, the standard that means of promiscuité has not anything to do with a number of sexual companions. Promiscuité refers to an uncongenial country of getting too many pals who're too shut, in different phrases: overcrowding. Je n’aime pas los angeles promiscuité de l. a. côte pendant l’été – I don’t just like the overcrowding on the coast throughout the summer season. Je ne supporte pas l. a. promiscuité dans les magasins avant Noël – I can’t stand the overcrowding that can be purchased ahead of Christmas. old notice: long ago, either promiscuity and promiscuité have been used to explain a mix of assorted parts mingled jointly with no discrimination. This moment which means is now out of date in either languages, however it good illustrates the typical starting place of those phrases that have drifted to date aside in present utilization. le procureur – procurer l. a. procuration Le procureur and the procurer are phrases you certainly don’t are looking to confuse. In English, a procurer is mostly an individual who procures ladies for prostitution.