10 Common False Friends (French-English)

French and English share a whole lot in common!

They are both Indo-European languages, both have a great deal of Latin and Greek loanwords, not to mention English has borrowed quite a bit of vocabulary from Norman French.

However, it's important to know that some words, although nearly identical in spelling, have developed different meanings in both languages.

Verbs

attendre - to wait
ex: J'attends le métro.

assister - to attend, to be at
ex: Vas-tu assister au concert?

commander - to order
ex: On veut commander de la pizza.

demander - to ask
ex: Puis-je vous demander l'heure?

Nouns

affaires (n.f) - belongings (1), business (2)
ex1: Ne touche pas à mes affaires!
ex2: Elle est partie en voyage d'affaires.

bras (n.m.) - arm
ex: Ton bras est très long.

déception (n.f.) - disappointment
ex: Quelle déception!

envie (n.f.) - desire, wish
ex: J'ai envie de danser.

coin (n.m.) - corner
ex: Je t'attends au coin de la rue.

librairie - bookstore (US), bookshop (UK)
ex: Il travaille dans une librairie.
Bibliothèque (n.f.) = library

I hope you find this list to be helpful!


Merci et à bientôt!




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Salut à tous! My name is Antoine. I can teach you French through English! Me llamo Antoine. Puedo enseñarte francés a través del español! Eu me chamo Antoine. Posso te ensinar francês a través do português! Jeg hedder Antoine. Jeg kan lære dig fransk gennem dansk! Although I was born and currently live in Montreal, Canada, I spent most of my life in Vancouver, Canada. I grew up speaking both French and English and have learned quite a few other languages, reaching proficiency in most. I am passionate about language and know what it's like to be both a learner and teacher. This gives me valuable insight and means I am patient and understanding when I teach. I am also well-travelled and enjoy learning about new cultures. I enjoy helping people, be it with languages, tourist information or finding the right language book! I studied Geography, Hispanic Studies and Translation at university and have been tutoring French since high school. I have now been teaching French for a private language school for nearly 3 years. Although I majored in translation, my true passion is teaching! À très bientôt!
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프랑스어
globe
캐나다
time
50
나의 언어:
프랑스어
원어민
,
영어
원어민
,
스페인어
C1
,
포르투갈어
B2
,
덴마크어 (Danish)
B1
,
이탈리아어
A2
,
암하라어 (Amharic)
A1
Salut à tous! My name is Antoine. I can teach you French through English! Me llamo Antoine. Puedo enseñarte francés a través del español! Eu me chamo Antoine. Posso te ensinar francês a través do português! Jeg hedder Antoine. Jeg kan lære dig fransk gennem dansk! Although I was born and currently live in Montreal, Canada, I spent most of my life in Vancouver, Canada. I grew up speaking both French and English and have learned quite a few other languages, reaching proficiency in most. I am passionate about language and know what it's like to be both a learner and teacher. This gives me valuable insight and means I am patient and understanding when I teach. I am also well-travelled and enjoy learning about new cultures. I enjoy helping people, be it with languages, tourist information or finding the right language book! I studied Geography, Hispanic Studies and Translation at university and have been tutoring French since high school. I have now been teaching French for a private language school for nearly 3 years. Although I majored in translation, my true passion is teaching! À très bientôt!
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