If you come across a word in French that looks like an English one, it probably means the same thing, right?
Well… no not all the time.
We call these False Cognates or (Faux Amis) i.e. False Friends.
These can be the cause of some embarrassing or funny misunderstandings.
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Why is it important?
As an English speaker when you learn French, the fact that so many words look the same is a great advantage.
However, it can also be a bit dangerous at times and cause many misunderstandings.
Let’s take a closer look at them
Here are the 7 verbs that can trick you:
|Verbe||Looks like||Actually means|
|1||Altérer||To alter||Most commonly > to falsify, to tamper with something|
|2||Assister||To assist, help||To attend an event|
|3||Attendre||To attend||To wait for someone/something|
|4||Blesser||To bless||To hurt, to wound someone|
|5||Décevoir||To deceive||To disappoint someone|
|6||Prévenir||To prevent||To warn someone|
|7||Supporter||To support||To bear someone|
Now that you’re aware of these 7 common verbs, the next natural step is to start thinking of using them in context.
Sometimes learners struggle to quickly put sentences together even though they have all the different individual elements.
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