20 Spanish-English False Friends

Actualizado: mar 19

False friends are words in different languages that sound similar, but have different meanings. Spanish and English share a lot of words with Latin roots which can be confusing.


Here are some of the most common Spanish-English false friends to help you!



Carpeta / Carpet

carpeta = folder alfombra = carpet



Lectura / Lecture

Lectura = reading

conferencia = lecture



Enviar / Envy

enviar = send

envidia = envy



Colegio / College

Colegio = school

universidad = university, collage



Sensible / Sensible

sensible = sensitive razonable = sensible



Embarazada / Embarrassed

embarazada = pregnant avergonzado = embarrassed



Éxito / Exit

éxito = success salida = exit



Empressa / Empress

empressa = company

emperatríz = empress



Sano / Sane

sano = healthy

cuerdo = sane



Ropa / Rope

ropa = clothes cuerda = rope



Realizar / Realize

realizar = carry out, achieve, accomplish darse cuenta = realize



Sopa / Soap

sopa = soup

jabón = soap



Suceso / Success

suceso = event

éxito = success



Librería / Library

librería = bookstore biblioteca = library



Parada / Parade

parada = stop, e.g. bus stop

desfile = parade



Vaso / Vase

Vaso = drinking glass

jarrón = Vase



Fábrica / Fabric

fábrica = factory

fabric = tela



Preocupado / Preoccupied

preocupado = worried ocupado = busy, preoccupied



Introducir / Introduce

introducir = insert presentar = introduce



Molestar / Molest

molestar = disturb, annoy violar = molest




I hope you learned some new Spanish - English false friends. If you can think of anymore please leave them in the comments!



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