If you come across a word in French that looks like an English one, it probably means the same thing, right?

Well… no not all the time.

We call these False Cognates or (Faux Amis) i.e. False Friends.

These can be the cause of some embarrassing or funny misunderstandings.

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Why is it important?

As an English speaker when you learn French, the fact that so many words look the same is a great advantage.

However, it can also be a bit dangerous at times and cause many misunderstandings.

Let’s take a closer look at them

Here are the 7 verbs that can trick you:

Verbe Looks like Actually means
1 Altérer To alter Most commonly > to falsify,  to tamper with something
2 Assister To assist, help To attend an event
3 Attendre To attend To wait for someone/something
4 Blesser To bless To hurt, to wound someone
5 Décevoir To deceive To disappoint someone
6 Prévenir To prevent To warn someone
7 Supporter To support To bear someone


What’s next?

Now that you’re aware of these 7 common verbs, the next natural step is to start thinking of using them in context.

Sometimes learners struggle to quickly put sentences together even though they have all the different individual elements.

So if YOU feel like your grammar foundations are a bit wobbly.

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