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More Faux Amis Posted by on Apr 10, 2017

We’ve gone over faux amis, or false cognates, on the Transparent Language blog before (here and here). But faux amis are one of the most likely vocabulary issues to trip up new French learners…so it is always worth going over again!   For a quick recap, les faux amis are words that seem to be the same in…

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Part 2: Line by Line Lesson: “Le droit à l’erreur” by Amel Bent Posted by on Mar 17, 2016

La semaine dernière (last week), I posted microlessons from the first 12 lines of Amel Bent’s Le droit à l’erreur (The Right to be Mistaken). The previous lessons focused on indefinite expressions, multiple word meanings, the 5 senses, negations, le passé composé vs. l’imparfait, the past infinitive, intensifiers, the uses of the word tout,  coordinating…

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5 Faux Amis to Watch Out For Posted by on Apr 20, 2015

Les faux amis, or false friends, are words or phrases that look the same or very similar in one language, but differ greatly in meaning. These are also known, more technically, as false cognates. Les faux amis can be tricky for many levels of French learners and are made even trickier by the fact that…

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French Language – Faux Amis Posted by on Mar 30, 2009

When you’re learning French and especially, when you’re trying to speak French, you can get easily confused or confuse others with these deceitful false friends or false cognates.  Faux amis, as they are called in French, are pairs of words that seem to be similar in two different languages, but in fact, are not.  I’ll…

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