Let’s learn a couple of easy false cognates today.
tuna = cactus fruit v.s. atún = tuna
“¿Te gusta tuna (Do you like ‘tuna’) ?”, my friend Carmenci asked me. “Sure.” I answered thinking she would make me delicious tuna salad. She served me a fruit which looked like a baby watermelon, green skin with red fruit inside. I found out “tuna” in Spanish is cactus fruit. It is delicious and has refreshing taste, but a little hard to eat because of its many small seeds. Tuna fish is “atún” in Spanish. So make sure you have correct word when you go to a store to get your ingredients for a “tuna sandwich” for your lunch!
Largo y Grande
The Spanish word “largo/a” sounds like the English word “large” but actually means “long”. To say “large”, you use the word “grande”. It sounds simple to remember but it can be confusing at first.
- largo, larga = long
El río amazonas es el río más largo en el mundo.
(The Amazon river is the longest river in the world.)
- grande = large, big
El lago Baikal es el lago más grande en el mundo.
(Lake Baikal is the largest lake in the world.)