False cognates 11: Tuna! Tuna! Tuna?

False cognates 11: Tuna! Tuna! Tuna?

False cognates 11:  Tuna!  Tuna!  Tuna?

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.)

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