False Friends (Jam or Ham?)

False Friends (Jam or Ham?)

new-badge-2-xxlConfusions for Spanish (or Latin-language) Speakers in English.

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The fact that the English language is largely derived from Latin means that we can guess thousands of words which are similar in Spanish. So anybody can speak another language just by inventing words and hoping that people understand.

Of course, life is never as easy as that! Some words are TRAITORS and that’s why we call them ‘False Friends’. DO NOT trust these words because they are the ENEMY!!

Here’s a little quiz for you. It’s easy, just decide which answer is correct: A or B.

 

1 I spoke to my mother this morning actually.

A) I spoke to my mother this morning at the moment.

B) I spoke to my mother this morning in fact.

 

2 The teacher gave us some really good advice about spelling.

A) The teacher warned us about the dangers of spelling.

B) The teacher gave us some really good tips about spelling.

 

3) Two actors had a serious argument in the film.

A) There was a heated debate between two actors in the film.

B) The story was really well written in the film and the actors had a great script.

 

4) The policewoman assisted an injured motorcylcist.

A) The policewoman appeared in front of an injured motorcylcist.

B) The policewoman helped an injured motorcylcist.

 

5) She studied for six years at university to become a doctor.

A) Her career started after finishing university.

B) Her career lasted six years.

 

6) The baby spilled his food all over the carpet.

A) The baby’s food fell on the floor.

B) The baby’s food fell on your notes for the meeting.

 

7) My grandfather is always complaining about his constipation trouble.

A) My grandfather is always suffering from a bad cold.

B) My grandfather always has problems going to the toilet.

 

8) She will never forget that embarrassing moment.

A) She felt humiliated.

B) She discovered she was pregnant.

 

9) The popstar sold one million copies of her first single.

A) It was a great success. A real hit!

B) It was a great exit.

 

10) ”Would you like some ham on your bread?”

A) ”No thanks, I’m a vegetarian”.

B) ”Yes, please. Have you got strawberry flavour?”

 

11) ”I’m going to the library this afternoon”.

A) ”Oh really. Which book are you going to buy?”

B) ”Oh really. Are you going to study for the exam tomorrow?”

 

12) They didn’t notice that the teacher was standing behind them.

A) Nobody sent them an offcial message that the teacher would be there.

B) They didn’t see the teacher behind them.

 

13) The student didn’t realise he had to do a speaking exam.

A) The student was unaware of the fact he had a speaking exam.

B) The student didn’t do the speaking exam.

 

14) Her parents came for lunch last Sunday.

A) Her mother and father came for lunch last Sunday.

B) Some relatives came for lunch last Sunday.

 

15) The excursionists packed sensible shoes in their rucksacks.

A) The weather forecast said it might rain.

B) They needed delicate shoes for the long walk.

 

16) He went to buy some soap from the supermarket.

A) He wanted it to make dinner.

B) he wanted it to wash his hands.

 

17) The President expressed his sympathy for homeless people.

A) He was wearing a red nose and making funny jokes.

B) He was understanding about the difficult situation of homeless people.

 

18) It was a really terrific film!

A) It was a brilliant film!

B) I was really scared when I watched the film!

 

ANSWERS

1 I spoke to my mother this morning actually.

B) I spoke to my mother this morning in fact.

 

2 The teacher gave us some really good advice about spelling.

B) The teacher gave us some really good tips about spelling.

 

3) Two actors had a serious argument in the film.

A) There was a heated debate between two actors in the film.

 

4) The policewoman assisted an injured motorcylcist.

B) The policewoman helped an injured motorcylcist.

 

5) She studied for six years at university to become a doctor.

A) Her career started after finishing university.

 

6) The baby spilled his food all over the carpet.

A) The baby’s food fell on the floor.

 

7) My grandfather is always complaining about his constipation trouble.

B) My grandfather always has problems going to the toilet.

 

8) She will never forget that embarrassing moment.

A) She felt humiliated.

 

9) The popstar sold one million copies of her first single.

A) It was a great success. A real hit!

 

10) ”Would you like some ham on your bread?”

A) ”No thanks, I’m a vegetarian”.

 

11) ”I’m going to the library this afternoon”.

B) ”Oh really. Are you going to study for the exam tomorrow?”

 

12) They didn’t notice that the teacher was standing behind them.

B) They didn’t see the teacher behind them.

 

13) The student didn’t realise he had to do a speaking exam.

A) The student was unaware of the fact he had a speaking exam.

 

14) Her parents came for lunch last Sunday.

A) Her mother and father came for lunch last Sunday.

 

15) The excursionists packed sensible shoes in their rucksacks.

A) The weather forecast said it might rain.

 

16) He went to buy some soap from the supermarket.

B) he wanted it to wash his hands.

 

17) The President expressed his sympathy for homeless people.

B) He was understanding about the difficult situation of homeless people.

 

18) It was a really terrific film!

A) It was a brilliant film!

 

 

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