29. September 2016

Der Spotlight-Sprachtipp: Lerntipps – false friends 2

 

False friends can be tricky, annoying, interesting... and they can be fun.
 

formula/Formular

Translate the following sentences:

1. I’ve always had problems with this mathematical formula.

2. Zuerst müssen Sie dieses Formular ausfüllen.

 

 

Answers

1. Ich habe schon immer Probleme mit dieser mathematischen Formel gehabt.

2. First, you have to fill in this form.
 

The English “formula” also corresponds to the German Formel outside the sphere of science, as in “Formula One racing”, “a formula for success”. Note that, whereas the British fill in a form, the Americans generally speak of filling one out. (They fill in the information, but fill out the form.)

 

 

 

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