“He wears a casket when he plays baseball.”

CasketWhat?  It must be hard to run with that on his head!

Translation:  « Il porte un cercueil quand il joue au baseball. »

Why wrong:  Casket is a false friend. It doesn’t mean casquette.  For more help with false friends, click here.

What are “false friends?”  False friends are words from different languages which look similar but have different meanings. There are over 1,000 false friends between English Checklistand French.

Correct it:  What is meant here is cap as in “He wears a cap when he plays baseball.” 

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“I quit my job at 5:00 every day.”

Need JobWhat?  You have a different job every day?

Translation:  « Je démission de mon travail chaque jour à 17h00. »

Why wrong:  Quit is a false friend. It doesn’t always mean quitter.  For more help with false friends, click here.Problem Solved

What are “false friends?”  False friends are words from different languages which look similar but have different meanings. There are over 1,000 false friends between English and French.

Correct it:  What is meant here is leave as in “I leave my job at 5:00 every day.” 

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“In school my surname was Pizza Face.”

Pizza FaceReally? Then it’s a pleasure to meet you, Mr. Pizza Face!

Translation: « À l’école, mon nom de famille était face de pizza. »Reputation

Why wrong: Surname is a false friend. It doesn’t mean surnomFor more help with false friends, click here.   To be taken seriously…

Correct it: What is meant here is nickname. Say In school, my nickname was Pizza Face.

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“She’s happy she’s notorious.”

2013-08-07Why?  What does she do?

Translation:  « Elle est heureuse d’être mal famée. »

Why wrong:  Notorious is sometimes a false friend. It is pejorative and doesn’t always mean notoire.IMG_3043

What are “false friends?”  False friends are words from different languages which look similar but have different meanings. There are over 1,000 false friends between English and French.

Correct it:  False friends must be learned to avoid the mistakes. What is meant here is famous or well-known as in She’s happy she’s well-known. For more help with false friends, click here.

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“I didn’t mean to derange you.”

IMG_3029It’s OK because I’m already deranged!

Translation « Je ne voulais pas vous rendre fou. »

Why wrong:  Derange is a false friend. It doesn’t mean déranger.

What are false friends False friends are words from different languages which look similar but have different meanings. There are over 1,000 false friends between English and French.  To be taken Biz Group (Small)seriously…

Correct it:  False friends must be learned to avoid the mistakes. What is meant here is bother or disturb as in I didn’t mean to bother you. For more help with false friends, click here.

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