Multilingual false friends 2

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Re: Multilingual false friends 2

Postby vijayjohn » 2018-07-30, 22:55

Spanish (es) loco - crazy
Hawaiian (haw) loko - interior of an island, inland, small lake
Esperanto (eo)Ido (art-ido) loko - place
Romani (rom) loko - light, gentle

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Re: Multilingual false friends 2

Postby Olinguito » 2018-07-31, 12:29

French (fr) peu – few, little
Catalan (ca) peu – foot


vijayjohn wrote:Spanish (es) loco - crazy
Hawaiian (haw) loko - interior of an island, inland, small lake
Esperanto (eo)Ido (art-ido) loko - place
Romani (rom) loko - light, gentle
Latin (la) locō – place (dative/ablative singular of locum)
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Re: Multilingual false friends 2

Postby linguoboy » 2019-04-22, 15:20

I'm reading a novel by Yoel Hoffmann (an Israeli writer of Austro-Hungarian origin) in English translation and at one point he takes advantage of the chance resemblance between German komm and Arabic فم qum. An Ashkenazic boy raised bilingually in Hebrew and German is found wandering by a Bedouin and given a bed for the night. When the old man wakes him the next morning, he says فم ("Get up!"), which the child hears as Komm! ("Come!") and thinks at first it's his German-speaking uncle.
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Re: Multilingual false friends 2

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-04-22, 15:27

Isn't فم fam 'mouth'? Qum 'get up!' AFAIK is قم. EDIT: Unless maybe you're using Maghrebi style? :P

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Re: Multilingual false friends 2

Postby Olinguito » 2019-05-18, 10:52

English (en) in time
French (fr) intime – intimate

French (fr) superflu – superfluous
English (en) superflu – a killer disease :silly:
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Re: Multilingual false friends 2

Postby vijayjohn » 2019-05-19, 0:05

Hebrew (he) שולחן shulkhan - table, desk
German (de) Schule - school

Idk it helps me remember them. :P


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