French English Confusing Words - Faux Amis

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Plenty of French words are in English, but many are faux amis which confuse language learners. English also has its own confusing words which trouble learners. Do you know how to use these confusing words correctly?

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French English Confusing Words - Faux Amis

  1. 1. businessenglishace.com businessenglishace.com by: Professor H. E. Colby French and English Confusing Words
  2. 2. AGENDA •Why French / English Confusing Pairs •3 Faux Amis – French/English Confusing Pairs •Why English Confusing Word Pairs •3 English Confusing Word Pairs •Learn more English Confusing Pairs businessenglishace.com
  3. 3. French and English Curious Past •French mixes with and then replaces English as language of royal court after 1066, Norman invasion of England. •French was language of English Parliament until 1363! •Historical mix of French with English produced rich body of French words in modern English – some faux amis or false friends. businessenglishace.com
  4. 4. 3 Types Confusing French / English Pairs •Words with common roots, but whose definition has evolved during time. (actuel-actual) •Words without a common root, but still look alike (pain-pain) •Words with a common root, some meanings in common, but still whose meanings have changed (partial faux amis). businessenglishace.com
  5. 5. Faux Amis between French and English/1 Get Top 65 Commonly Confused English Word Pairs businessenglishace.com French Faux Ami ACTUEL English Translation current, present ACTUEL - ACTUAL English Look Alike ACTUAL French Translation réel, exact
  6. 6. Faux Amis between French and English/2 Get Top 65 Commonly Confused English Word Pairs businessenglishace.com French Faux Ami MONNAIE English Translation change (coins) MONNAIE - MONEY English Look Alike MONEY French Translation argent
  7. 7. Faux Amis between French and English/3 Get Top 65 Commonly Confused English Word Pairs businessenglishace.com French Faux Ami RAISIN English Translation grape RAISIN - RAISIN English Look Alike RAISIN French Translation raisin sec
  8. 8. 4 Types Confusing English Pairs/1 •Homographs: same spelling as another word, but different sound and meaning. (bass (loud, deep sound)– bass (fish) •Homonym: sounds like another word, same or different spelling. (pair (fruit) – pair (couple) / fair (county fair) – fair (just) businessenglishace.com
  9. 9. 4 Types Confusing English Pairs/2 •Heteronym: different sound, but same spelling as another word. (tear (in eye) – tear (to rip, like paper) •Homophone: sounds like another word, but different spelling. (pair (fruit) – pair (couple) businessenglishace.com
  10. 10. English Confusing Pairs/1 Get Top 65 Commonly Confused English Word Pairs businessenglishace.com ALLOWED Gave permission (to do something) ALLOWED- ALOUD ALOUD Spoken
  11. 11. English Confusing Pairs/2 Get Top 65 Commonly Confused English Word Pairs businessenglishace.com EMIGRATE To exit one country to live in another EMIGRATE- IMMIGRATE IMMIGRATE To enter a new country to live
  12. 12. English Confusing Pairs/3 Get Top 65 Commonly Confused English Word Pairs businessenglishace.com LEAN Not fatty; To incline LEAN- LIEN LIEN A claim on property to secure payment of debt
  13. 13. businessenglishace.com Clear up Confusing English Word Pairs Today! •Learn the difference between key confusing English word pairs. •Use the word correctly the first time! •Includes exercises to test your learning. •Check out now!

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