Spotlight: Sprachtipp - Lerntipps – false friends
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Translate the following sentences:
1. This ring is a gift from my mother.
2. Nikotin ist eigentlich eine Art Gift.
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”.
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