Saturday, 7 November 2009

False Friends

Actual (not "atual" which means current; present) - to really exist.

Ingenious (not "ingênuo" which means naive) - good at solving problems, inventive, creative.

Recipient (not "recipiente" which means container) - a person who receives something.
E.g.: This latest cut in government spending will affect income support recipients and their families.

Push (not "puxar" which means pull) - to press upon or against (a thing) with force in order to move it away.

Resume (not "resumir" which means summarize) - an activity resumes when it starts again after a pause.
E.g.: Normal services will be resumed in the spring.

Improve (not "improvisar" which means improvise) - to make something better.

Misery (not "miséria" which means poverty) - great unhappiness.

Intimacy (not "intimação" which means subpoena) - a close friendship or sexual relationship with someone.

Fake (not "faca" which means knife) - not genuine.

Pasta (not "pasta" which means briefcase) - food made from flour, eggs and water, hard when dry and soft when cooked.

Lend (not "lenda" which means legend) - to give something to somebody or allow somebody to use something temporarily.

Legend (not "legenda", which means subtitle) - a story from the past that may or may not be true.

Comprehensive (not "compreensivo" which means understanding) - that includes everything or nearly everything.

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