Friday, May 15, 2009

Friday's False Friend

Contest v. Contesto

The word contest in English refers to a competition. ex) Bob won the swimming contest and received a medal. The word should be translated into the Italian gara or concorso.

The word contesto may look the same, but it means "context". ex) Ho spiegato il contesto in cui ho visto Franco.

Correct translation of first example: Bob ha vinto la gara di nuoto e ha ricevuto una medaglia.

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