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Multilingual false friends

Postby JaneFairfax » 2007-12-30, 3:42

We have a thread for false friends between French and English in this thread, and one between Norwegian and Icelandic in this thread. What examples are there in other languages?

hieryesterday (French) / hierhere (German)
burrobutter (Italian) / burrodonkey (Spanish)
lomahillock (Spanish) / lomaholiday (Finnish)
ollasaucepan (Spanish) / ollato be (Finnish)
petofart (Italian) / petowild beast (Finnish)
mabut (Italian) / maI (Estonian)
grineto laugh (Danish) / grineto cry (Norwegian)
beerbear (Dutch) / beer – beer (English)
maidenof the countries (Finnish) / maiden – maiden (English)
malechess (Estonian) / male – male (English)
slutend (Swedish) / slut – slut (English)
hathas (German) / hatsix (Hungarian) / hat – hat (English)
comehow (Italian) / comeeats (Spanish) / come – come (English)
poispeas (French) / poisso (Portuguese) / poisaway (Finnish)
onone/we (French) / onis (Finnish) / onten (Turkish) / on – on (English)
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Postby Alejo » 2007-12-30, 4:22

love-money(Romani)/love-love(English)
kar-penis(Romani)/kar-snow(Turkish)
can-place, bed(Romani)/can-can(English)
fala-Thanks!(Romani)/fala-he, she, it speaks(Portuguese)
ger-scabies(Romani)/ger!-strain! stretch!(Turkish)
so-what?(Romani)/so-so(English)

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Postby alijsh » 2007-12-30, 5:19

Alejo wrote:kar-penis(Romani)/kar-snow(Turkish)

/kar-work (Persian)

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Re: Multilingual false friends

Postby alijsh » 2007-12-30, 5:23

JaneFairfax wrote:mabut (Italian) / maI (Estonian)

/ ma - we (Persian).

Sidenote:

Italian ma (but) is amma in Persian.
Estonian ma (I) is man in Persian.

JaneFairfax wrote:burrobutter (Italian) / burrodonkey (Spanish)

buro - go! (Afghanistani Persian. We say boro). Persain r is thrilled as in Spanish and Italian.

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Re: Multilingual false friends

Postby Alejo » 2007-12-30, 5:35

alijsh wrote:
JaneFairfax wrote:mabut (Italian) / maI (Estonian)

/ ma - we (Persian).

Sidenote:

Italian ma (but) is amma in Persian.
Estonian ma (I) is man in Persian.

JaneFairfax wrote:burrobutter (Italian) / burrodonkey (Spanish)

buro - go! (Afghanistani Persian. We say boro). Persain r is thrilled as in Spanish and Italian.


ma - me(Romani)

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Postby Lazar Taxon » 2007-12-30, 5:38

Hebrew hu (he), English who
Hebrew hi (she), English he
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Postby Alejo » 2007-12-30, 5:41

.......

/ xu-slang for vagina(Romani)

hehe ^_^

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Re: Multilingual false friends

Postby Ayiaearel » 2007-12-30, 5:45

JaneFairfax wrote:burro – butter (Italian) / burro – donkey (Spanish)

Haha, my Italian teacher has a butter dish with a donkey and the word burro on it.
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Postby pastorant » 2007-12-30, 10:06

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Postby Javier » 2007-12-30, 10:15

Kunde(h) - Fag (Persian) / Kunde - Customer (German)
Sik - Penis (Turkish) / Sick - Sick (English)
die - the fem./plural (German) / to die (English)

die Mama ! :lol:
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Postby Aleco » 2007-12-30, 12:20

male – chess (Estonian) / male – male (English) / male - (to) paint (Norwegian)
hat – has (German) / hat – six (Hungarian) / hat – hat (English) / hat - hatred, hate! (Norwegian)
:P

More:

dress - dress (English) / dress - man's suit (Norwegian)
le - smile (Swedish) / le - laugh (Norwegian)
rolig - funny (Swedish) / rolig - calm (Norwegian)
hu (/hu/) - he (Hebrew) / ho (/hu/) - she (col./dial. Norwegian)

So, I don't think the Norwegian store of Dressmann would get too popular in any (native) English-speaking country :lol:

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Re: Multilingual false friends

Postby darkina » 2007-12-30, 12:39

JaneFairfax wrote:mabut (Italian) / maI (Estonian)


And in Hungarian ma means today.

E in ungherese ma vuol dire oggi.


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Postby Nukalurk » 2007-12-30, 12:39

Just adding some for the posts above.

German: Male! (imperative singular form of malen - to paint)
French: le - the (male)
German: rollig - on heat (BE) / in heat (AE) (used for cats)
French: ma - my (female)

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Postby Dminor » 2007-12-30, 12:42

Frisian stikkie fleis "piece of meat" is pronounced exactly the same as English sticky flies.
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Postby Æxylis » 2007-12-30, 15:52

tako(japanese) octopus (english/spanish) taco
ki (japanese) spirit, energy / key (english) key
si (norwegian) to say / si (spanish) yes
dine (norwegian) yours / dine (english) to dine
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Postby kibo » 2007-12-30, 15:55

Off-topic:

Alejo wrote:love-money(Romani)
kar-penis(Romani)
fala-Thanks!(Romani)


How interesting! "lova" and "kara" are slang words for "money" and "penis" in Serbian (and "karati" means "to f*ck" as well). "Fala" means "thanks" in Serbian too, though it surely comes from the standard word "hvala".

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Postby CoBB » 2007-12-30, 16:07

Bolek wrote:How interesting! "lova" and "kara" are slang words for "money" and "penis" in Serbian (and "karati" means "to f*ck" as well).

That’s not very surprising. One of the Hungarian slang words for money is lóvé too. However, getting back to false friends, kar means ‘arm’.

Ez nem túl meglepő. A magyarban is van a pénzre olyan szlengszó, hogy „lóvé”. Viszont a hamis barátokra visszatérve a „kar” az angol arm megfelelője.
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Postby DelBoy » 2007-12-30, 16:25

cara - friend (Irish) - face (Spanish)
di - to her (Irish) - of (Italian)
idir - between (Irish) - at all (Scottish Gaelic)
air - on him (Irish) - on (Scottish Gaelic) - air (English)
sula - before (Irish) - sulla - on the (Italian)
Ciara - girl's name 'dark one' (Irish) - Chiara - girl's name 'light one' (Italian)
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Re: Multilingual false friends

Postby Kyr » 2007-12-30, 18:49

JaneFairfax wrote:onone/we (French) / onis (Finnish) / onten (Turkish) / on – on (English)


ον [on] means (the) being in Greek (like ανθρώπινο ον = human being).

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Postby darkina » 2007-12-30, 19:12

Bolek wrote:

On-topic: don't we already have a false friends topic?


I thought so too but it's about the funniest false friends, I suppose these are meant not to be that funny :hmm:
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