Sale vs Sale
is an adjective - dirty. Saler
means to salt.
Sale is the noun for vente
refers to the stage as well as all senses of scene.
Scene means scène
is a semi-false cognate; in addition to the English sense of secret,
the French word can mean reserved or reticent: Il est secret - He
Secret refers to something that
is not public knowledge.
means safety as well as security.
Security can refer to une caution
or guarantie in addition to la sécurité.
the number sixteen.
Seize is the verb saisir.
sensitive or even nervous, as in pas recommandé aux sensibles
- not recommended for people of a nervous disposition.
Sensible means to show good
sense, e.g., in making decisions: sensé, raisonnable,
is a semi-false cognate. It can mean plain, one-way (as
in a street or a plane ticket), or singles (as in tennis).
Simple is equivalent to its French
is a semi-false cognate. In addition to situation, it can refer
to location or position.
Situation refers to situation
a semi-false cognate. In addition to the English sense, it often refers
to the world of industrial or labor relations: partenaires sociaux
- management and labor.
Social describes someone/something
that enjoys the company of others: a social creature - une créature
Son vs Son
the third person singular possessive adjective as well as the French
noun for sound.
Son is the English word for fils.
Sortir means to go out or
Sort as a verb means classer,
trier, or séparer, while the noun means genre
is a semi-false cognate. In addition to source, it can refer
to a spring (source of water).
Source is une source
or une origine.
is a semi-false cognate. In addition to the English sense, it is
the French verb "to remember" as well as a noun for memory,
recollection, and remembrance.
Souvenir is a keepsake or memento.
is a semi-false cognate. In addition to special, it can mean strange:
Elle est très spéciale - She is very peculiar.
Special refers to something out
of the ordinary: a special event - un événement spécial.
refers to any sort of exhibition: un spectacle de danse - a dance
performance or to something that others can watch: le spectacle
de la rue - the bustle on the street.
Spectacle is a semi-false cognate.
It can mean an exhibition, but is usually used with a negative connotation:
you made a spectacle of yourself - tu t'es donné en spectacle.
Spectacles is the British English
word for lunettes.
refers to something related to sports: un journal sportif - a sports
magazine or someone who is fond of sports: un homme sportif - an
Sportive means playful or merry
- folâtre, badin.
means stable, steady, or unmoving.
Stable is a semi-false cognate.
In addition to meaning the adjective stable, it can be the
an internship or training period.
Stage is une scène,
le théâtre, un estrade, or une étape.
refers to a blind, shade, or awning.
Store is any sort of magasin or provision as
well as the verb mettre en réserve or conserver.
from the verb suivre - to follow.
Suit can be a noun - costume,
tailleur, tenue, etc. or a verb - convenir à.
is the verb to beseech or implore.
Supplier is a noun for one who supplies
means to support or hold up, as well as to endure or put up with
Support means all of these things,
but in the sense of enduring something, soutenir is the more
The is the definite article
le, la, or les.
means to pull.
Tire as a verb means fatiguer
or lasser, as a noun it means un pneu.
Trépasser vs Trespass
Trépasser means to pass away.
Trespass means to invade another's
property: s'introduire sans permission.
Truc vs Truck
to an unnamed or unknown object: thing, trick, thingamajig.
Truck is a heavy motor vehicle for
carrying things: un camion.
Truculent means vivid, colorful, racy, larger than life,
Truculent describes someone who
is aggressive or predisposed to fight: brutal, aggressif.
Ultérieur vs Ulterior
Ultérieur means later or subsequent: la séance est
reportée à une date ultérieure - the meeting
is postponed to a later date.
Ulterior is followed by motive,
meaning a hidden or secret purpose: he had an ulterior motive - il
avait un motif secret.
Usuel vs Usual
Usuel means ordinary, everyday, or common.
Usual is slightly different:
it leans more toward typical or normal - habituel or courant.
Vent vs Vent
is the noun wind.
Vent can refer to any of the following: un orifice,
un conduit, un tuyau, une cheminée,
un trou, une fente.
hurt, upset, or offended, while Vexed
means angry - fâché.
Vie vs Vie
the French word for life: C'est la vie - That's life.
Vie means to struggle or fight:
I struggled with him for the gun - J'ai lutté avec lui pour
and Volatile vs Volatile
means volatile when referring to a chemical. It can also mean fleeting:
une valeur volatile - a fleeting value. Une volatile
is a bird or other winged creature.
Volatile can only be translated
by volatil(e) in the chemistry lab. A
volatile situation - une situation explosive. A volatile person
- une personne versatile.