Today’s word is basket. This is a simple word, yet it is also what we call a false friend. I sometimes hear the word baskets used in English to mean sneakers. Sneakers are running shoes, baskets are things you use to carry objects, like clothes, picnics, groceries, etc. In French, you can say les baskets to mean sneakers. But if you say: I got some great new baskets today, in English, people will look at you funny; I mean, who gets excited about a basket? Well, I suppose you could, if it’s an especially cool one 🙂 .
So, suffice it to say, a basket is very useful, but not footwear.
Can you think of any false friends between English and your language? Are they funny? Let us know in the comments below!