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Appendix:Spanish false cognates and false friends with English

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This is an initial list of false cognates and false friends between Spanish and English. They therefore look similar but have different meanings. To find the actual translation, either view the "Usage Notes" section of the Spanish word or the "Translation" section of the English word.

Spanish term English term
  • Spanish translation
actual (current), actualmente (currently) actual, actually
asistir (to attend) assist
atender (to pay attention) attend
basamento (base of a column) basement
billón (trillion)
(when given on the long scale, i.e. 1,000,000,000,000)
billion
(when given on the short scale, i.e. 1,000,000,000)
bizarro (brave, noble) bizarre
boda (wedding) body
campo camp
carpeta carpet
chocar choke
complexión complexion
compromiso compromise
constiparse, constipación constipate, constipation
contestar contest
corresponder correspond (communication)
decepción, decepcionar deceive, deception
delito delightful
despertar desperate
disgusto disgust
destituido destitute
dormitorio dormitory
embarazada embarrassed
enviar envy
éxito exit
fábrica fabric
fútbol American football
fútil futile
ganga gang
inconsecuente inconsequential
introducir introduce (someone)
largo large
molestar molest
once once
pariente parent
pretender pretend
rapista rapist
realizar, realización realize, realization
recordar record
ropa rope
revolver revolver
sano sane
sensible, sensiblemente sensible, sensibly
sopa soap
soportar support
suceso success
tuna tuna
últimamente ultimately
vaso vase