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

Updated: Dec 29, 2023

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.

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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