False Friends: German Translation

translating from german to english

False friends are words that look similar in different languages but actually have totally different meanings. Not being aware of these tricky words can lead to problems when creating a fluent German translation. One such example is the harmless enough word “gift”. While in English most people would happily receive a gift from a friend, in German you might think twice as it translates as poison. Next time you’re in Berlin it might be worth looking a few ‘gift’ horses in the mouth.

Another example is ‘mist’. While we might stroll through the morning mist in English you might not have a smile on you face in Germany; mist in German would leave you walking through manure or rubbish.

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