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22 French faux amis ready to trip you up

PUBLISHED: 09:55 05 July 2017 | UPDATED: 10:25 21 February 2018

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Save yourself from embarrassment and confusion next time you speak French by learning these common false friends

Librairie

What you think it means: Library

What it actually means: Bookshop

A better French word to use: Bibliothèque

Joli

What you think it means: Jolly

What it actually means: Pretty/Attractive

A better French word to use: Enjoué

Chair

What you think it means: Chair

What it actually means: Flesh

A better French word to use: Chaise

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Blanquette

What you think it means: Blanket

What it actually means: Meat stew

A better French word to use: Couverture

Piles

What you think it means: Pills (as in for a headache)

What it actually means: Batteries

A better French word to use: Aspirine

Excité

What you think it means: Excited

What it actually means: Aroused

A better French word to use: Enthousiaste

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Sensible

What you think it means: Sensible

What it actually means: Sensitive

A better French word to use: Raisonnable

Acompte

What you think it means: Account

What it actually means: Deposit or Down Payment

A better French word to use: Compte

Assister

What you think it means: Help/ Assist

What it actually means: Attend an event

A better French word to use: Aider

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Achèvement

What you think it means: Achievement

What it actually means: Completion/Culmination of something

A better French word to use: Accomplissement

Demander

What you think it means: Demand

What it actually means: Ask

A better French word to use: Exiger

Monnaie

What you think it means: Money

What it actually means: Change / Loose coins

A better French word to use: L’argent

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Actuellement

What you think it means: Actually

What it actually means: Currently

A better French word to use: En fait

Agenda

What you think it means: Agenda

What it actually means: Diary

A better French word to use: Programme du jour

Procès

What you think it means: Process

What it actually means: Trial

A better French word to use: Processsus

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Déception

What you think it means: Deception

What it actually means: Disappointment

A better French word to use: Tromperie

Coin

What you think it means: Coin

What it actually means: Corner/In the local area

A better French word to use: Pièce de monnaie

Journée

What you think it means: Journey

What it actually means: Day

A better French word to use: Voyage

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Rester

What you think it means: Rest

What it actually means: Stay

A better word to use: Se reposer

Tissu

What you think it means: Tissue

What it actually means: Fabric/Material

A better word to use: Mouchoir

Veste

What you think it means: Vest

What it actually means: Jacket

A better word to use: Maillot de corps

Cave

What you think it means: Cave

What it actually means: Wine cellar

A better word to use: Grotte

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