Sunday, 9 January 2011

FALSE FRIENDS, English - German

Have you ever heard this joke before? 

A German-speaking tourist went into a restuarant in New York and asked for a hamburger. After having waited for more than half an hour, he got impatient and shouted to the waiter: "When do I become a hamburger, Sir?" Whereupon the waiter immediately answered: "I hope never, Sir!"

So beware of these words that sound the same in English and German, but which mean completely different things, like e.g become - werden and bekommen - get

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