Tricky Words Part 4

by David

Tricky Words.
Here are a few more false cognates for ya’ll. 🙂

Marido. The word marido sounds a lot like ‘married’, but it really means ‘husband’. Esposo is another way to say husband. For wife, try esposa or mujer.

Chocar. This verb has nothing to do with choking, which would be estrangular, ahogar or sofocar. Chocar means to crash. It can also be used to express disgust or dislike. “Me choca esa canción” means “I’m sick of that song”.

Sensible does not mean sensible. Sensible in English is sensato, and sensible in Spanish is sensitive in English.

Vaso. This Spanish would means glass/cup when referring to a drinking vessel. Vaso is also used for vein. Vaso sanguíneo is blood vein. The English vase is a florero.

Pariente. This is does not mean parent, it means relative as in blood relations. Parents are padres.

Sano means healthy. To talk about being sane, look up the words juicio, cuerdo, cordura and sensato.

And that’s all I can think of for now. I’ll have to sit down and see if I can come up with some more to round out this series. It seems like it should have at least 5 parts. 🙂

Tricky Words Series

  1. Tricky Words: Parte Uno
  2. Tricky Words Part 2
  3. Tricky Words Part 3
  4. Tricky Words Part 4

6 Comments  leave one »

04.May.2007 - 7:44 am

Hi David, very nice job! thanks for all of them! 😉

Can i add one? Well, i haven’t seen this one in other parts or i missed it but here is another false cognates;

Assistir – Assist 🙂

04.May.2007 - 1:56 pm

Hey Osman,

Asistir is a good one. It normally means ‘to attend’ and *not* ‘to assist’

06.May.2007 - 8:52 am

A Spanish teacher told me about a time in Mexico when she called room service to complain there was no “sopa” in the bathroom.

07.May.2007 - 12:04 pm

That’s right!!

07.May.2007 - 10:43 pm

@John– Hopefully that was before she became a Spanish teacher 🙂

14.May.2007 - 4:55 pm

Thanks for making this blog. I really like learning more and more about Spanish. Those cognates can be tricky sometimes. Hopefully most of yall already know that embarazar does NOT mean to be embarassed by now. LOL


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