Spanish and English have many cognates, or words with the same origin. These words often mean essentially the same thing in Spanish and English. For example:
However, there are many Spanish and English words that appear to be cognates, but in fact mean very different things in each language. These are called false cognates, or false friends.
Below you'll find an extensive list of false cognates you should watch out for.
- The first and third columns of each table show the Spanish and English false cognates, respectively.
- The second column shows the English translation of the Spanish false cognate.
- The fourth column shows the Spanish translation of the English false cognate.