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In this second instalment of False friend, faux ami, I will just make a list of the most common mistakes Spanish students of English make when two words look the same or similar but have different meaning

 

In Spanish

Is in English…

; while in English

Is in Spanish…

ACTUAL

current, present-day ACTUAL real, efectivo

ASISTIR

to attend, be present at OR to assist ASSIST

ayudar

BILLÓN

(US) trillion, (UK) billion BILLION (US)

mil millones

INTRODUCIR

insert INTRODUCE (someone)

presentar

LARGO

long LARGE

grande

LECTURA

reading LECTURE

conferencia

LIBRERÍA

bookstore LIBRARY

biblioteca

MOLESTAR

bother MOLEST

abusar (sexualmente)

REALIZAR

to come true REALIZE

darse cuenta

SOPORTAR

tolerate, put up with SUPPORT

apoyar

 

So, remember this, the next time you read “No preservatives” on your breakfast cereal box!

 

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