Misunderstandings, colloquialisms, wrong words and false friends
Many students studying English as a second language often use words from their vocabulary which, when translated, either have completely different meanings, use the wrong synonyms, or are simply using words in the wrong contexts. Many of these examples are called ‘false friends’, that is, words which look and/or sound similar in different languages, but have totally different meanings.
If I included all the false friends I knew into the book, then over a hundred pages could be added!
Among my favourites are preservatives (meaning in Polish: condoms), manifestation (a demonstration or protest), and even lunatic (in Polish, lunatyk means a sleepwalker!). And if you don't already know, you wash clothes in a washing machine, and kitchen items in a dishwasher.
Click below for examples of additional misunderstandings that are not featured in the book - but may be added in any future edition.
GERALD: I think your flat needs painting. The walls are getting very dirty. TERESA: I wish I could, but I have no occasion to do any decorating at the moment.
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