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April 16, 2014

Learning English for Spanish speakers can seem quite simple at first because as much as 40% of English words have cognates in Spanish. Cognates are words that sound similar, have similar spelling and have the same meaning in the two languages. Examples of cognates are: teléfono-telephone; persona- person; invitar-invite.  However, there are many words called FALSE COGNATES or FALSE FRIENDS. In the case of False Friends, the English word sounds like a word in Spanish but the two words do NOT have the same meaning. Here is a list of FALSE COGNATES with translations of the words in Spanish and English:

English word Spanish Translation Spanish word English Translation
Actually En realidad Actualmente Currently
to Advertise Anunciar Advertir Warn/Caution
Advice Consejo Aviso Warning
Argument Discusión Argumento (film) Plot
to Assist Ayudar Asistir Go to, Attend
Billion Mil millones Billón Trillion
Cap Gorra Capa Layer
Career Carrera professional Carrera (universitaria) Degree
Carpet Alfombra Carpeta Folder
Cartoon Dibujos animados Cartón Cardboard
Casualty Víctima o herido Casualidad Coincidence
Collar Cuello (prendas de vestir) Collar Necklace
College Universidad, facultad Colegio School
Complexion Tono de piel Complejo Complex
Conductor Director de orquesta Conductor Driver
to be Constipated estar Estreñido estar Constipado to have a Cold
Contest Concurso Contestar Answer
Deception Engaño Decepción Disappointment
Dessert Postre Desierto Desert
Embarrassed Avergonzado Embarazada Pregnant
Exit Salida Éxito Success
Fabric Tela Fábrica Factory
Idiom Modismo Idioma Language
Intoxicated Ebrio Intoxicado Food poisoning
Jam Mermelada Jamón Ham
Large Grande Largo Long
Lentil Lenteja Lentilla Contact lens
Letter Carta, letra de abecedario Letra Lyrics
Library Biblioteca Librería Book shop
Mayor Alcalde Mayor Older
Notice Notar, aununcio Noticia piece of News
Office Oficina Oficio Job or trade
Pan Cazuela Pan Bread
Pie Tarta Pie Foot
Place Lugar Plaza Square
Prize Premio Precio Price
to Quit Abandonar Quitar Remove, take away
Quote Cita/presupuesto Cuota Fee
to Realize Darse cuenta Realizar to Do/Make
to Record Grabar Recordar Remember
Relative Pariente Relativo (adj) Relative
Remove Quitar Remover Stir
Rope Cuerda Ropa Clothes
Sane Cuerdo Sano Healthy
Sensible Sensato Sensible Sensitive
Soap Jabón Sopa Soup
Spade Pala Espada Sword
Stranger Desconocido Extranjero Foreigner
to Stretch Estirar Estrechar to become narrow
Suburb Barrio rico periférico ciudad Suburbio de casas pobres Slum
to Support Apoyar Soportar to Handle/ Put up with
Sympathetic Comprensivo Simpático Nice
Target Objetivo Tarjeta Card
Terrific Fenomenal Terrorífico Terrifying
to Translate Traducir Trasladarse to Move (house)
Vacuum Vacío Vacuna Vaccine
Spanish Translation

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March 18, 2014


Open And Closed Door Signs BoardIs the shop open? Or is it closed? Does it frustrate you that you can´t go shopping on Sunday? The liberalisation of shop opening hours has been a controversial topic in Europe and has caused debate between shop owners, business people, institutions and consumers. The legislation regarding the opening hours of shops differs between countries and it is usually left to the local governments to define.
“Sunday shopping” refers to the ability of retailers to operate stores on Sunday, a day that Christian tradition typically recognises as a “day of rest”. Rules governing Sunday shopping vary around the world but some countries continue to ban “Sunday shopping”. Continue Reading…

There are many words in the English language that cause CONFUSION to students as they are similar in meaning to other words in English or they are “false friends” (false cognates) which are pairs of words in two languages that look or sound similar, but have very different meanings. An example of a false friend is the English word ARGUMENT, which means “discusión” in Spanish, not “argumento”. Here is a sample of some of the words that Spanish speaking students most commonly confuse with examples to help clarify the different meanings. 

FUN: noun or adjective. Something FUN is something you really ENJOY. (Sustantivo: diversion; Adjetivo: divertido)
FUNNY: adjective. If something is FUNNY it makes you LAUGH. (gracioso, cómico)
The birthday party was FUN.
That clown is very FUNNY. Continue Reading…

What do you do to take care of our planet? You can help reduce the Greenhouse gases and the negative impact they are having on our environment. Here are 10 easy ways to live a “greener” life and help with this cause!
recyclable materials1. Recycle– not only will that glass bottle become a new glass bottle, but you’ll also help to reduce pollution and create jobs!
2. Reuse– wrapping paper, unbroken bags and bows for future gifts or art projects with the kids; donate clothes and toys you aren´t using to those who need them. And we can convert something that we aren´t using into something useful; for example use a shoe box to store pencils, crayons and stickers. Continue Reading…