29. September 2016

Spotlight: Sprachtipp - Lerntipps – false friends


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

gift/Gift

Translate the following sentences:

1. This ring is a gift from my mother.

2. Nikotin ist eigentlich eine Art Gift.

 


Answers

1. Dieser Ring ist ein Geschenk von meiner Mutter.

2. Nicotine is actually a kind of poison.
 

These two words are derived from the etymologically related verbs “give”/geben, but only in English has the original meaning been retained (in Old High German, the word was a synonym of Gabe). The English noun/verb “poison” comes from an Old French word that goes back to the Latin verb potare, which means “to drink”.

 


Owen

I hope you found today’s tip useful.

Best wishes,
Owen Connors
Audio Editor, Spotlight

 

 

 

 

 

Mehr zum Thema: