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Language Exercises with false friends

False friends are words in English that look or sound the same as a word in your language but mean something different in English.
For example: the word sympathetic in English means feeling sorry for someone.  It doesn't mean friendly or nice.
The word smoking in English is the -ing form of the verb – not a kind of jacket!

False friends depend on your first language family.  If a word is a false friend in Spanish, it's probably one in Italian, Portuguese and French as well.  If it's a false friend in German, it's probably the same in Dutch or Danish and so on.  To do an exercise on some of these, click on your first language:

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