Quiz about Misunderstandings Between French and English
Quiz about Misunderstandings Between French and English

Misunderstandings Between French and English Quiz


Native speakers of French often give the meaning they are familiar with to an English 'look-alike'. See if you know these double-faced words. Solutions require completely spelled-out word, not just the filled-in blanks. Don't use any capitals or articles

A multiple-choice quiz by flem-ish. Estimated time: 6 mins.
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Author
flem-ish
Time
6 mins
Type
Multiple Choice
Quiz #
65,370
Updated
Dec 03 21
# Qns
10
Difficulty
Average
Avg Score
7 / 10
Plays
2783
Last 3 plays: Guest 198 (9/10), Guest 99 (8/10), Guest 204 (5/10).
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Scroll down to the bottom for the answer key.
1. What to an English-speaker is just a type of witty, light amusement, may be misunderstood as a kind of night-club. Seven-letter word beginning in c ?

Answer: (One Word)
2. For an English speaker a brassiere has since long ago become a bra. The Frenchies still know the word brassiere in its older form. What is it for them? Hint

baby clothes
a bracelet as worn by officials at a mass-event
what a chef wears in his restaurant kitchen
distinctive badge on the sleeve of a military uniform

3. What for an English speaker are the 'feelers' of an insect, will look to a Frenchman as the aerials of his TV-set or radio. Seven letters, first letter "a".

Answer: (Don't give plural. There is a Latin and an English one.)
4. For English speakers a sharp point, for Frenchies a beard. English: four letters first of which is b.

Answer: (Think of wire)
5. For the English speaker it is the commemoration of an important event, for the French speaker it is just his birthday. Eleven letters, the first of which is "a".

Answer: (A bicentennial is when you celebrate the 200th _______________)
6. Director of an orchestra for the Anglophones, for Francophones a driver. Has nine letters first of which is a c.

Answer: (Latin 'ducere' means to lead (along))
7. A man-made waterway for the English-speaker, a Frenchman believes it is a TV-channel (with a "+" symbol after the name). Five letters, first of which is a c?

Answer: (Think of Amsterdam and Venice.)
8. For the Englishman the word refers to the one who's the boss in the kitchen of the restaurant , for the Frenchman it can be the headcook too, but he will also use the word for anyone who is the boss in any other domain. Four letters first of which is a c.

Answer: (The word literally means 'head' from Latin 'caput'.)
9. For a Frenchman it is a man's suit. For an Englishman it is what actors wear when they disguise themselves as somebody else, especially if there is the suggestion of another historic period. Seven letters, first of which is a c.

Answer: (You would also need one for carnival - one word)
10. For the Frenchies it is also 'lover' of something. English-speakers only think of his or her non-professionalism. The word has 7 letters and the first is the vowel A.

Answer: (Think of Ovid's 'Ars Amandi'.)

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Quiz Answer Key and Fun Facts
1. What to an English-speaker is just a type of witty, light amusement, may be misunderstood as a kind of night-club. Seven-letter word beginning in c ?

Answer: cabaret

Napoleon gave numbers to the types of cabaret. The more indecent got the number 12 : cabaret douze. Sometimes misunderstood by the French as cabaret doux. Some kind of sweeties' club ?
2. For an English speaker a brassiere has since long ago become a bra. The Frenchies still know the word brassiere in its older form. What is it for them?

Answer: baby clothes

Such an official wears 'un brassard'. The sportsmen themselves usually have 'un dossard'.
3. What for an English speaker are the 'feelers' of an insect, will look to a Frenchman as the aerials of his TV-set or radio. Seven letters, first letter "a".

Answer: antenna

4. For English speakers a sharp point, for Frenchies a beard. English: four letters first of which is b.

Answer: barb

5. For the English speaker it is the commemoration of an important event, for the French speaker it is just his birthday. Eleven letters, the first of which is "a".

Answer: anniversary

6. Director of an orchestra for the Anglophones, for Francophones a driver. Has nine letters first of which is a c.

Answer: conductor

7. A man-made waterway for the English-speaker, a Frenchman believes it is a TV-channel (with a "+" symbol after the name). Five letters, first of which is a c?

Answer: canal

The full name of the TV channel is Canal+.
8. For the Englishman the word refers to the one who's the boss in the kitchen of the restaurant , for the Frenchman it can be the headcook too, but he will also use the word for anyone who is the boss in any other domain. Four letters first of which is a c.

Answer: chef

9. For a Frenchman it is a man's suit. For an Englishman it is what actors wear when they disguise themselves as somebody else, especially if there is the suggestion of another historic period. Seven letters, first of which is a c.

Answer: costume

10. For the Frenchies it is also 'lover' of something. English-speakers only think of his or her non-professionalism. The word has 7 letters and the first is the vowel A.

Answer: amateur

Source: Author flem-ish

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