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Question for non-native speakers

Discussion in 'General Discussion' started by RayofLight, Apr 18, 2021.

  1. RayofLight

    RayofLight They/Them

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    What is a word in your language that sounds like one thing to english speakers but means something totally different?Or a word in english that sound like it means something else in your language?I know for instance in Spanish embarazada means pregnant not embarrassed.
     
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    Fun fact, these are called false cognates.
     
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  3. RayofLight

    RayofLight They/Them

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    I forgot that's what they were called...cool
     
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    In Tok Pisin (pidjin, which I somewhat learnt while living in Papua New Guinea), pis is fish. And taking a wee is pis pis.

    My juvenile sense of humour found that chuckle worthy.
     
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    We have a lot of false friends in German.
    We call our cell phones "Handy".
    "Prägnant" (sounds like pregnant) means concise.
    A "Student" is someone attending university. (Though that seems to be an American English thing. In proper English people visiting schools are called pupils.)
     
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    S O C K S means the same thing , kind wonder how that happened
     
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    I know I'm native English, but something came across my mind when I had spoken spanish with someone years ago. I came across the word "pues si" (well, yes)... as in Pues si, yo quiero este sandwhich (or well yes, I want that sandwhich)...

    but, well, pues si didn't go to well when I used it.
     
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    Unveiled Artist You are safe

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    Espero, wait not "a sparrow"
     
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    Also in German, gift means poison. Likewise a pickle is a pimple.
     
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    I like how Tok Pisin, sounds like "talk pidgin" (accented).
     
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    Yup. Because that's exactly what it means...lol
    It's basically a trade language (PNG has 800 distinct languages for a population of 4 million, so even trading amongst villages requires some common words).
    You'll get pieces of English, Indonesian, German (Lutheran missionaries) and lots of other things, but it's not uncommon to have words which sound similar to an English base.

    If something is broken, in Tok Pisin 'em buggered up'.
     
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  12. The Hammer

    The Hammer White Wolf - kvite ulfh
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    We discussed the language-scape of PNG in a few linguistics/anthropology courses, I took. It's pretty unique in it's diversity.
     
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    Such a lot. So many words in English are derived from French, and so many also that sound the same but are completely different.

    Journée is day not journey.

    Affaire is business matters

    Cave is cellar

    Blanquette is veal stew

    Sale is dirty

    Coin is corner

    Pain is bread

    Main is hand

    Face is opposite/across from

    Entrée is the starter of a meal

    Preservatif is condom

    Introduire is insert, not introduce

    And chat always has me friend in stitches it means cat
     
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    Yeah, that's fun.
    "handy" in German means a cell phone instead of practical.
     
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    Marcion Self-realisation and Service to the Universe

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    A 'burger' is Dutch for citizen, nothing to do with meat.
    Dutch 'boom' is not 'beam' but a tree.
    Dutch 'dik' means fat or obese.
    Dutch 'jij kunt' does not mean 'you ****' but 'you can'.
    A Dutch 'lul' has nothing to do with a windless period but with a certain part of the male body.
    Dutch 'prik' means a jab or injection.
    Dutch 'kok' means a cook.
    Dutch 'een lijf' does not mean 'a life' but 'a body'.
    Dutch 'wijf' does not mean 'wife' but a crude woman.
    Dutch 'schort' is not 'short' but 'apron'.
     
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