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Unlocking French language: simple advice for avoiding faux amis

© Kala Barba-Court - Faux amis - My French Life™

Welcome to part six of our Faux Amis series. Which ones do you know, and which have left you trying to explain before?

We hope this will be useful to any French speakers looking to master the French language – beginner or more advanced. Bon courage!

Patron vs Patron

The English word patron is client in French, whereas patron means the boss.

Store vs Store

The English-American word store is simply a magasin in French, but the French word store translates in to a window blind.

Médecin vs Medicine

The English word medicine become médicament in French. A médecin is a doctor in English.

Photographe vs Photograph

The English word photograph is a photo in French, or perhaps a photographie. But le photographe becomes the photographer in English.

Misérable vs Miserable

The English word miserable translated in to French is malheureux or dépressif. The French word misérable means poor.

Do you know any other faux amis? Share in the comments box below to help others master the French language!

Illustration by Kala Barba-Court


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  1. Frederic BIBARD
    6 years ago

    Great series of article about faux amis. I really like the drawing. Catherine, do you draw it?


    • Catherine Broughton
      6 years ago

      Hello Frederic. Actually, although I am an artitst and a novelist, I have not been asked to do the drawings for this series. However, a separate series of my drawings of the French countryside will be appearing on this site shortly.


  2. Judy MacMahon
    6 years ago

    Bonjour Frederic The artist of this work is noted and linked at the base of the article – ‘Illustration by Kala Barba-Court’ [http://mybelishabeacon.com/]