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"There are 200 - 300 words in English and German that look alike but don't mean the same. These are the famous "False Friends". I've picked out a few, so here we go ..."
15 Points Per Correct Answer - No time limit
The most famous one: "bekommen" in German does not mean "to become". What does it mean?
to order, to command
to get, to receive, to have
to check, to control
to see, to perceive
Also a very popular one: "sensibel" does not mean "sensible" but what?
Another example: "sympathisch" is *not* the German word for "sympathetic". Which, then, is the correct word for the English?
German "Formular" and English "formula" are also likely to be mixed up. What is the correct German word for "formula"?
A rather morbid one that has often caused much confusion is the difference between German "Unternehmer" and English "undertaker". What is an undertaker known as in German?
Some people falsely translate "gültig" as "guilty". But that's not correct ... What is the correct word for "gültig"?
"Eventuell" and "eventually" - mixing these two is very popular. They don't mean the same. What is the correct English word for "eventuell"?
There's a "Gymnasium" in German and a "gymnasium" in English. Yet these two are different things. What is a German "Gymnasium"?
high school, grammar school
"Aktuell" is not "actual". How would the English word 'actual' be translated into German?
"My meaning is the following..." - that's what a German native speaker might say to his boss. Of course, what he wanted to say was something different. Which German word did he falsely translate as "meaning"?
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