Unlocking French language: simple advice for avoiding faux amis
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