Wednesday, October 12, 2011

*** False Friend : a word that is the same in two languages, but means two different things.

In Chamorro, the picture above is a franelaFranela is a Spanish word, but it usually doesn't mean T-shirt.

In most of the Spanish-speaking world, the picture above is a camiseta.  To most Spanish-speaking people, franela means "flannel."  Or, a vest.  Or, a sweatshirt.  In a few Spanish-speaking places, if you ask for a franela, you will get a T-shirtBut it isn't their normal word for it.

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