False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by clawgrip » Thu 18 Oct 2018, 23:51

yangfiretiger121 wrote:
Sat 15 Sep 2018, 15:33
Sglod wrote:
Sun 10 Jan 2016, 17:23
:jpn: 顔 kao face :eng: cow
Like most, if not all, Japanee/English pairings in this topic, this is based on an (incorrect) English diphthongization of Japanese vowels. 顔 Kao should be pronounced [kä.o̞].
In a similar vein, there is an online business supplies/other things store we use frequently at work called カウネット (Kaunet) which is a combination of 買う kau "buy" and net. I like to back-translate this as 牛取り網 ushidoriami (net for catching cows).
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by All4Ɇn » Fri 02 Nov 2018, 17:52

:nld: betweter "know-it-all"
:eng: bedwetter

Both insults that look very similar but have very different meanings
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by Pabappa » Fri 02 Nov 2018, 20:31

All4Ɇn wrote:
Fri 02 Nov 2018, 17:52
:nld: betweter "know-it-all"
:eng: bedwetter

But insults that look very similar but have very different meanings
😀 I love that one! There's also a business called BedWeters that uses the second half of the pair (the word for "bed" is the same in both languages).

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😯 Oh my ... that's gonna be quite a cleanup job ...
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by alynnidalar » Mon 05 Nov 2018, 20:00

On the floor, even?? Quite the cleanup job indeed...
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by GrandPiano » Sat 10 Nov 2018, 04:25

:jpn: Ōgami Miyako anta “we, us”
:jpn: Japanese あんた anta “you”
:eng: - Native
:chn: - B2
:esp: - A2
:jpn: - A2
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by Lao Kou » Sat 10 Nov 2018, 05:26

:fra: empire empire
:fra: empire gets worse, worsens

:chn: :twn: 焙 bèi bake
:eng: bake
道可道,非常道
名可名,非常名
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by GrandPiano » Sat 10 Nov 2018, 05:38

Lao Kou wrote:
Sat 10 Nov 2018, 05:26
:chn: :twn: 焙 bèi bake
:eng: bake
Aren’t those false cognates?
:eng: - Native
:chn: - B2
:esp: - A2
:jpn: - A2
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Re: False friends and other unfortunate coincidences

Post by Lao Kou » Sat 10 Nov 2018, 06:39

Moved them.
道可道,非常道
名可名,非常名
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