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Meet Some French Faux Amis

Here are several useful lists of faux amis: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6

They are words that look the same in English and French. However, they are considered "faux amis" because they don't mean the same thing in both languages.

For example: The French word attendre meaning to wait vs its English meaning to be present at.

After the holidays, I'll create some tinycards for as many as I can find. Suggestions welcomed!

December 4, 2018

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/EmmaLouGiroux

Actuellement is the one that always gets me.

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Librairie = bookshop vs bibliothèque = library is one that I found confusing at first.

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Carmen807459

YES! Luckily, the first time I used "«actuallement» in conversation with a francophone, the word " currently" could be used as well. Phew.

December 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Lemniscatarum

Another one is assister. You would guess it means to help someone, but its main meaning is to attend an event.

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Yes, that's a confusing one. It's one of the first ones I learned. I found out about it and the concept of faux amis, by reading Easy French Reader. All the audio and flashcards for the book can be found in the free McGraw Hill Language Lab.

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December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanna-Louise

Merci encore une fois!

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanna-Louise

yes, this is a very cool example..

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Giovanna-Louise

Bonjour, thanks for posting this link, sooo useful and so tricky,

Very important to know those and not to find yourself in a confusing situation Merci bien :-))

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Bonjour, I'm glad you like it.

The google image search has a lot of useful summary French grammar sheets. With a touch screen, it's easy to enlarge them.

December 4, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Ken482461

Merci beaucoup; voici quelques lingots!

December 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

Il n’y a pas de quoi. J’étais heureux de le faire. Merci beaucoup pour les lingots.

December 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/SarahBurt8

"attendre" kind of works though, because an "attendant" is someone who waits on their patron... that's how it helps me remember anyway!

December 5, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/01LearnFrench01

It's great that you thought of a memorization technique to link attendre with waiting.

December 6, 2018
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