False cognates 15: Deceive or ?

False cognates 15: Deceive or ?

False cognates 15:  Deceive or ?

Do you know what “decepcionar” means?  It means “to disappoint” or “to let down”.  It doesn’t mean “to deceive”.

  • decepcionar = to disappoint, to let down

Su comportamiento decepcionó a sus padres.
(Her behavior disappointed her parents.)

You can use it as self-reflective verb:  “I disappoint myself… = I am disappointed”

Me decepciono siempre cuando mi equipo de fútbol no gana el partido.
(I am disappointed whenever my soccer team doesn’t win the game.)

Me decepcioné porque mi equipo de fútbol no gana el partido.
(I was disappointed because my soccer team didn’t win the game.)

  • estar decepcionado/da = to be disappointed

Estoy decepcionado porque no puedo visitar a mis amigos en Guatemala este año.
(I am disappointed because I can’t visit my friends in Guatemala this year.)

Well, then how do you say “to deceive”?  We use the word “engañar”.

  • engañar = to deceive

Los niños engañaron a su mamá y salieron al parque sin hacer su tarea.
(The children fooled their mother and went to the park without doing their homework.)

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