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German Meinung vs. English meaning- Tricky False Friends in German and English

In part fourteen of our blog series on tricky false friends between German and English we will discuss the difference between two nouns- the German “Meinung” and the English “meaning”. Even though their spelling is very similar indeed, their translations are quite different. The last thirteen entries of our blog series on tricky false friends in German and English clarified the German brav and the English brave, 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.

Even though both nouns are derived from “meinen” (to mean), the German word “die Meinung” translates as “opinion”, while the English “meaning” is equivalent to “die Bedeutung” in German. So watch out; not least because we all know that in our 'digital age' we are being bombarded with a lot of opinions but they don't necessarily have any real meaning. Leaving you with that deep thought ;).

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