13 November

The Igel has landed

The Igel has landed

  Picture the following situation: Maria walks up to the coffee machine where her colleague Gabi is standing with the new Italian Sales Manager, Stefano. Gabi makes the introductions. And Maria says “Yes, we met on the floor yesterday.” Stefano looks confused and a bit embarrassed. Gabi grins and says “I think you mean you […]

7 May

Don’t call it a beamer!

The German word Beamer may sound pretty English, but in fact it’s a classic false friend (a word which looks or sounds the same in both languages, but actually has completely different meanings). The English word for Beamer is projector. The word Beemer (with double e) is used to talk about a BMW. False friends […]

24 April

Can I become a beefsteak?

I suppose we’ve all heard about the man sitting in a restaurant and asking the waiter “Can I become a beefsteak?” And of course you’d never say that, would you? Would you??!! Become means werden, of course, and not bekommen. It’s a false friend. And there are many others out there waiting to trip you […]