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There are some words which are spelled the same in English and in German, but have completely different meanings. Even though the words are spelled the same, they are usually pronounced completely differently. It can sometimes be dangerous to use these words (for both native English speakers and native German speakers.) Think of that, next time someone wants to give you a " Gift" or opens a door and says " After you!"

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Note: This list contains some items of etymological (http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/etymology) interest. For example, the transformation of the consonant 't' in German to 'd' in English in word pairs like Bart->Beard, Bett->Bed, Gut->Good, Hart->Hard, Rot->Red, and Not->Need. Word German meaning (in English) Englische Bedeutung (auf Deutsch) Anus Spter, Nachher thus auch Fishing Rod Engel Striking Abgesondert, Abseits Poor Arm Kind, sort, species Kunst, Knstlichkeit Ace Esel, Dumpfbacke, Knallkopf, Arsch (vulg.) Bath

After

also

Angel

Apart

Arm

Art

Ass

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Bad

Bath Schlecht, Schlimm Excavator Angesteller im Supermarkt der die Einkufe in Tten packt Soon Unbehaart, Kahlkpfig Afraid Knall, Krach, Schall in Cash, Pure Stab (see also: Stab), Kneipe Beard Name eines Mannes asked politely, requested (past tense) Fledermaus Flower bed Zuckerruebe, rote Ruebe to ask politely, request gebissen Shiny, Shining Unbeschriftet, Unausgefllt Sheet metal Ausdruck des Ekels to Twist, Form, Bend (past tense) Sumpf, Torfmoor Fire Markenprodukt Diamond, prchtig, herrlich Blendend, Geistvoll Front of a boat or plane Laus, Insekt, Strung Thanks

Bagger

bald

bang

bar

Bart

bat

Beet

bitten

blank

Blech

bog

Brand Brilliant, brillant Bug

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Feucht

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Danke

Feucht Thick

dick

Schnffler, Schwanz, der steife Penis Eleven, (coll. soccer team) Elfe, Kobold If, in case Wasserflle Catch, to catch, to capture (imperative) Reizahn Unfortunate Verhngnisvoll, Unheilvoll, Tdlich Almost, Nearly Schnell Fast Befestigen Fairy Preise, Gebhr Coat (animal) fllen Far away, Distant Farnkraut Ridge Zuerst Flew Peitschen, Auspeitschen Away, Off, Gone Festung, Kastell Radio Drckeberger, Musik von 1970's Walk, Gait, Way Gruppe, Bande, Trupp
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Elf

falls

Fang, fang

fatal

fast

fasten

Fee

Fell

fern

First

flog

fort

Funk

Gang

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Gruppe, Bande, Trupp Gift Poison Gabe, Geschenk Grave Aufgreifen, Ergreifen Degree (temperature) einen akademischen Grad erlangen dug (past tense) Futter Good Darm (Schnecke und Kette) ground meal, hash Heib, Kerbe, Zerhacken Helped (past tense) Halb Cell Phone Praktisch, Passend, Handlich Slope, Inclination Hngen, Henken Bit, Morsel Zufllig Geschehen, Vorkommen, Passieren Hard Hirsch Back of a car, boat or plane Was zum Teufel? (What the Heck?) Hero Gehalten Bright Hlle Cooker, Oven, Range Herde
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Grab

Grad

grub

gut

Hack

half

Handy

Hang

Happen

hart

Heck

Held

hell

Herd

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Hose

Pants Schlauch Throw, Lob, Swing (see also: Lob), (past tense of) to lift Wickelkern, Nabe Lobster Jemand der summt Hat Htte child Art, Sorte Laboratory Arbeit Varnish Knappheit, Mangel Lay zurueckbleiben, zoegern Load, Burden, Weight Zuletzt Song Gelogen Left Verknpfung, Verbindungen Cunning Schlagseite Praise Werf, Hub (see also: Hub) Lied Block, Klotz Plumb (line) Pazille, die Menge, die Masse To feel like doing something, desire (this can has the English meaning, depending on the

Hub, hub

Hummer

Hut

Kind

Labor

Lack

lag

Last

Lied

links

List

Lob

log

Lot

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Lust

situation)

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Lust

situation) Sinnliche Begierde Maggot Hergestellt, Gemacht

Made

Maul

Mouth (animal) der Schlegel, Beschdigen, Durchprgeln Manure, Trash leichter Nebel distress, need Nicht Grade (in school), musical note bemerken, aufschreiben, kleiner Brief Now die Schwester (im Kloster), Nonne Plague Nervensge Rank Geklingelt, Geklungen Wheel Ausdruck der Bewunderung (wie Geil) Advice die Ratte Shelves Majesttisch, Kniglich, Hoheitsvoll Beef, Cattle Schwarte, Schale Skirt Stein, Fels Novel der Rmer Red

Mist

Not

Note

nun

Pest

Rang

Rad

Rat

Regal

Rind

Rock

Roman

Rot

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Rot Sage

Verrotten, Verwesung History, Myth Weise, Klug, Gescheit Lake Siehe Scythe Wahrnehmung, Bedeutung, Verstand, Sinn New Year's Eve Name eines Mannes Bacon Fleck

See

Sense

Silvester Speck

Spur

Trace, Tracks, Lane Schiffsschnabel, Sporn, Ansporn (see also: Spore) Rod, Pole, Baton, Bar (see also: Bar) Erstechen Starlings anstarren Strong Vllig, Gnzlich Star Ernst, das Heck Day Markierstelle, Kennzeichnung Seaweed Amerikanisches Orangengetrnk Key (as in keyboard) Kostprobe, Geschmackssinn Great! Super! Zollabgabe, Straenbenutzungsgebhr Death, Dead Name eines Mannes
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Stab

Stare

stark

Stern

Tag

Tang

Taste

toll

Tod

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Name eines Mannes Ton Clay, a Sound die Tonne Dead kleines Kind, kleiner Knirps Wade calf (of the leg) waten Wall der Zauberstab Was (see also: Was) Krieg What? wurde/war (see also: War) World Quaddel, Beule Weather Nasser Against, Contrary to Weiter, Breiter Wants Wille

Tot

Wand

war

was

Welt

Wetter

wider

will

Although not spelled identically in both languages, beginners are often confused by the similarity of the German "bekommen" and English "to become". bekommen => to receive, to get werden => to become

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