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FRN Faux Amis

A list of important false cognates

achever to finish or complete
actuel at this moment
assister to attend; to assist
un bureau desk; office
un collège middle school
confuse embarrassed
correct appropriate, polite, honest
une déception disappointment
un editeur publisher
le football soccer
grand tall person
une lecture reading
une librairie bookstore
un roman novel, book
sale dirty; soiled
sensible sensitive
large wide
marron brown
les parents parents, relatives in general
attendre to wait for; attend
location rental
louer to rent
passer to pass by
passer en examen to take a test
sauvage wild
brutal savage
visiter to visit (place)
l'école maternelle nursery school / kindergarten (2-6)
l'école primaire elementary school (grades 1-5)
le collège middle school (grades 6-9)
le lycée high school (grades 10-12)
le four oven
un pot jar
un raisin grape
le pain bread
un menu meal at a fixed price
la carte menu
une chemise shirt (man's)
un costume suit
une robe dress
une robe de chambre robe
une veste jacket, blazer
défendre to forbid
l'herbe grass
sable sand
un castor beaver
une source spring (water)
un champ field
un lecteur reader (m)
une lectrice reader (f)
une pièce theater play
les spectacteurs audience; spectators
un comédien actor
une comédienne actress
répéter to rehearse
le frontière border
la monnaie change, coins
ministre minister of government
un éditeur publicher
un rédacteur editor (m)
une rédactrice editor (f)
un journal newspaper
un meeting political rally
a cause de + noun because of + noun
a la longue eventually
actuellement at the present time
au fond basically
fondamentalement basically
avoir de bonnes manières to be well behaved
avoir de mauvaises manières to have bad manners
avoir raison to be right
beaucoup de travail a lot of work
bon right, correct
caractère personality
chemin road, route
contrairement unlike
de moins en moins less and less
décevoir to disappoint
embrasser to kiss
empêcher to prevent
emphase pomposity
en fait actually
envers (a person) toward
epouser to marry
être amoureux de to be in love with
tomber amoureux de to fall in love with
éventuellement possibly
exiger to demand
faire + infinitive to make + infinitive
faire confiance à to trust
faire semblant de/que to pretend
jouer le malade to pretend to be sick
habit outfit (clothing)
avoir mal à comprendre to have trouble understanding
Il a failli mourir. He almost died.
la tromperie deception
la veille the day before
le contraire opposite
le droit de the right to
le lendemain the day after
être mal à l'aise to be uncomfortable (for a person)
manquer to miss
mettre l'accent sur to emphasize
pareil similar
particulièrement especially
place seat (in a plane,class, etc) or public square
plutôt rather
presque almost
pretender to claim, as in to assert
prévenir to warn
procès courtroom trial
raisonable sensible
raisonnablement sensibly
realizer son but to achieve one's goal
rendre + adjective to make adjective (Elle rend Antoine plus calme)
render visite to visit a person
résumer to summarize
se render compte de/que to realize
ses ennuis his/her troubles
tromper to deceive
trouble anguish
un baiser a kiss
vers (a place) toward
Created by: kestephenson