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German brav vs. English brave- Tricky False Friends in German and English

Even though only one letter separates the two adjectives, but the German “brav” and the English “brave” have nothing in common but their spelling. The last twelve entries of our blog series on tricky false friends in German and English clarified the difference between the German Bad and the English bad, the German Chef and the English chef, revealed that there is no relation between the German Art and the English art, German fast and the English fast, German blenden and the English blend, the difference between become and bekommen, the surprising meaning of a German Gift, English also and its meaning in German, the English "bald" vs. the German "bald", the difference between “brand” vs ”Brand”, showed that "spenden" in German is not what you might think it is, and explained why schmuck wouldn't be considered as an insult by a German native speaker. In this post, I will explain the difference in meaning between the German brav and the English word.

While the German “brav” translates into English as “well-behaved” or “obedient”, the English “brave” means “mutig” or “tapfer” in German.

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