and welcome to a new episode of False Friends Explained, this time with a look at
spenden vs to spend
And those two are actually not THAT far apart. Still, there’s a lot of room for confusion.
- I spend 150 Dollars on Sushi every day.
- Ich spende jeden Tag 150 Dollar für Sushi.
Because while the English sentence makes you sound like a rich snob who is completely out of touch with the reality of the common man, the German sentence makes you sound like… uhm… a generous rich snob. Who is totally out of touch with the reality of the common man. I mean, seriously… donating 150 bucks for Sushi. Come on.
But yeah, that’s what spenden is…
and welcome to a new episode of False Friends Explained, this time with a look at the words
sensible and sensibel
This pair can lead to serious misunderstandings when it comes to describing people and their character.
If your coworker tells you your new boss is extremely sensible, that’s great news. I mean… who wouldn’t want a sensible boss. This is great news, right?
If your German coworker tells you the new boss is “extrem sensibel” … well… you might want to bring some tissues to the meeting.
and welcome to a new episode of False Friends Explained. As usual, we’ll take a pair of false friends, see what went wrong with their friendship and then, in an epic, tear-ridden finale we’ll reconcile them.
Meh… okay, I guess we can’t make them friends again. But it’s definitely gonna be super epic because today, we’ll look art, old and contemporary, English and German. Ladies and gentlemen, get ready for
art vs (die) Art
A famous man once said
A poem, a fart,
everything is art.
In English, this statement is controversial. In German not so much. Continue reading
November 16, 2016
Posted in A -Level, Audio Examples, False Friends, Must have words, Quick Reads
Tagged art art false friends, art german, die Art meaning, kunst meaning, species German, Tierart
and welcome to a new episode of False Friends Explained – the series that’s all about false friends. Like Steve. Come on man, I thought we were buds!! You freaking knew I had a crush on her and yet you couldn’t help it but, … anyway, sorry guys… I just feel a bit lonely right now.
So, false friends special. And today we’ll talk about
craft vs. die Kraft
Craft is at its heart about skill. Carpentry can be a craft, or pottery, or writing. A craft beer is a beer that was brewed using hand work, skill and experience, and a crafty person is someone who is very smart and cunning.
Kraft on the other hand is not as refined.