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German Art vs. English art - Tricky False Friends in German and English

Updated: Dec 27, 2023

The German "Art" and the English word "art" are false friends (or, technically, "false cognates") because even though they may look like twins their meanings have no connection whatsoever. In this post, I will explain the difference in meaning between the two nouns "art" with an upper and a lower-case a.

The German noun "die Art" translates as "kind", "sort" or "type", while the English word "art" means "die Kunst" in German. So there is no connection at all.

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