Similar Spanish & English Words With Absolutely Different Meanings

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Growing up in Australia but speaking Spanish in the family home had me living within 2 cultures and not exactly feeling like I was fully 100% Aussie nor Uruguayan.  I felt more like a hybrid.

The two languages were confusing at times, especially when similar sounding Spanish words to English had completely different meanings. I remember attempting to tell my mother that I was embarrassed, but the similar Spanish word I used actually means ‘pregnant!’  As you can imagine this was not received well in the ’70’s.

Here is a list of 12 Spanish words with their English meanings that I had to learn to be mindful of!

Exito
Similar to the English word ‘exit’
Spanish meaning = success
Spanish word for Exit = Salida

Sensible (pronounced ‘sensibleh’)
Similar to the English word ‘sensible’
The Spanish meaning = sensitive
Spanish word for sensible = Sensato

Embarazada
Similar to the English word ‘Embarrassed’
Spanish Meaning = pregnant
Spanish word for embarassed = Avergonzado

Campo
Similar to the English word ‘camp’
Spanish meaning = field
Spanish word for camp = Acampar

Fabrica
Similar to the English word ‘fabric’
Spanish meaning = factory
Spanish word for fabric = Tela

Ropa
similar to the English word ‘rope’
Spanish meaning = clothes
Spanish word for rope = Cuerda

Bigote
Similar to the English word ‘bigot’
Spanish meaning = mustache
Spanish word for bigot = Fanatico

Arena
Similar to the English word ‘arena’
Spanish meaning = sand
Spanish word for arena = Pista

Molesta
Similar to the English word ‘molester’
Spanish meaning = upset
Spanish word for molester = Molestador

Divertido
Similar to the English word ‘diverted’
Spanish meaning = fun
Spanish word for diverted = Desviado

Sin
Similar to the English word ‘sin’
Spanish meaning = without
Spanish word for sin = Pecado

Disgusto
Similar to the English word ‘disgust’
Spanish meaning = annoyance
Spanish word for disgust = Asco

Groseria
Similar to the English word ‘grocery’
Spanish meaning = vulgarity
Spanish word for grocery = comestibles

Compromiso
Similar to the English word ‘compromise’
Spanish meaning = commitment
Spanish word for compromise = comprometer

Carpeta
Similar to the English word ‘carpet’
Spanish meaning = folder
Spanish words for carpet = alfombra

  • Carpeta – suggested by La Rosi.  Thanks!

It’s no wonder that some Spanish speaking people find the English language somewhat difficult to master.

By Sandra Ciminelli 2016

Author: Pen With A View

Blogger at: www.penwithaview.com

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