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Business English: False friends
POR RRHH Digital, 16:11 - 17 de Diciembre del 2013

The following words are often confused when translating from English to Spanish and are called False Friends.

1. to advise (reg verb) = aconsejar

The doctor advised me to rest in bed for a few days, so I’m going to work from home.

2. Agenda (noun) = Programa del Dia

The boss was glad his secretary organized his agenda, as he was incredibly busy.

3. to intend (reg verb) = previsto

We intended to reach Barcelona by noon.

4. arena (noun) = estadio

The arena was filled to its capacity. We all got corporate tickets as part of our company bonus.

5. argument (noun) = discusión

She was crying after having an argument with her colleagues.

6. card (noun) = tarjeta

Would you like to pay with your card or in cash?

7. attempt (noun) = intento

The lawyer passed her exam on the third attempt


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