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What is the English translation of the Spanish "embarazada"?

What is the meaning of the English word "sensible"?

Joe bought a ________ to hold all his documents.

What does the Spanish word "compromiso" translate to in English?

When Martin asked his wife which movie she wanted to see, she ________, "I don't mind. You choose."

If you want to _______ the boss, try to finish this project by the end of today.

When you shower, you use _______ to make sure you are clean.

In English, "tuna" is a kind of:

Cindy is a fashion lover. She loves to shop for _______.

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87 Comments on “False Friends: English mistakes that Spanish speakers make”

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Hi Ronnie!! Hope doing well! I watched this full video. I just want let you know, in my personal opinion, there are two small mistakes about two words (I’m Spanish speaker, from Mexico)

Friday, July 14th 2017

    which words?

    Friday, December 7th 2018

Hi Ronnie. It’s always a pleasure watching videos you make. I’ve learnt a lot of english. Thanks so much. I enjoy it. And you are funny.:-)

Friday, July 14th 2017

Hello Ronnie. How are you?

Friday, July 14th 2017

First one, COMPROMISO, in Spanish it means, “Whit promes to doing something.” Basically it’s when you have or must accomplish a promes you made by moral obligation.

Second one, GROSERIA, that it’s easy, it means “bad words” other words it’s using rudeness or vulgarity.

Thanks a lot your helping.

Friday, July 14th 2017

    It´s true, compromiso and groseria have a meaning totally different in spanish. the rest it is ok, thanks for the video. Ronni your pronunciation in spanish is very well

    Monday, July 17th 2017

      I agree

      Saturday, July 22nd 2017

It was funny…groseria, it doesn’t mean a store to buy groceries…..Groceria means a bad word, something rud, offensive or vulgar. Your videos are amazing, thanks!!

Friday, July 14th 2017

Hahahaha I´d never laughed so much with an EngVid lesson before!!!
All Spanish people have made some of these mistakes sometime, specially sensible-sensitive.
But I also learned a Spanish word: “grosería”. For Spanish speakers, “grosería” means rude word, impolite word, and “tuna” in Spanish is also a student music group that plays on the street XD
Only one more to add to the list: Fabric in English means cloth, and we have “fábrica”, which means factory.
Thanks a lot for this video. I really love your Spanish accent. All EngVid followers from Spain hope to see a second part of this video :)

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Hi, Ronnie. Could you make a video “Top 10 English mistakes Russian speakers make in English’? Lol

Saturday, July 15th 2017

thanks Ronnie

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Dear Valery teacher, you can watch many materials in the You Tube where Russian people are trying to speak English. Their pronunciation is horrible. But one word came to English that’s siloviki. They can’t give to the world no kind. Thanks Ronine for interesting lesson.

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Sorry correct is Ronnie.

Saturday, July 15th 2017

How to start, I want to learn English

Saturday, July 15th 2017

oops I mean come some of the people don’t speak Espanol I mean Spanish didn’t the see they title of Ronnie vid anyway.

Saturday, July 15th 2017

    francis, please make one long comment instead of many short ones! Take a moment to read over your comment before you post, and you won’t have to go back and correct yourself.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

how do they know spanish

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Thanks a lot Ronnie. Your videos are so funny and I would like to be your friend too

Saturday, July 15th 2017

I just wanted to say thanks

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Hi! I’m afraid there are two mistakes about the meaning of compromise and grosería. At least, in Argentina, we use these words with similar sense. Thanks for a lot of usefull lessons and the best wishes to the Engvid team.

Saturday, July 15th 2017

THank you Ronnie…!!!


Saturday, July 15th 2017

Hello dear Ronnie.I am really glad to listen and watch your lessons.I have question.NEITHER,NOT ALL,NONE OF,NO.What are the difference among these negative verb?Are there other negative words as these words.I hope that you will understand what I mean.Thanks in advance)

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Hi Ronnie, since a watched your first video in Youtube I can’t stop to see you. It’s very important for me this website thank you so much and hope more lessons like this.

Saturday, July 15th 2017

Thank you for informative lesson! I used to study Spanish at school but I am so bad at it.

Sunday, July 16th 2017

Thank U Ronnie!

Sunday, July 16th 2017

Hey, Ronnie… Your classes are very interesting always. Thank you for this video. Some words are similar in spanish and portuguese… we also have false friends, here called “falsos cognatos”. See you.

Sunday, July 16th 2017

Really, really curious topic, false friends or cognates, how many times have we had the same form with different meanings? I can count them and I wouldn’t finish them because of they are so long that I would need so much time to remember so many words similar in each one language. Spanish vs English would mean “Spanglish”, a new form to communicate in a hybrid language. Jokes apart, isn’t it? Anyway, thanks a lot, teacher Ronnie, you explain to us how to understand better the difficulties of the English language, also compared with another language, not only Spanish.

Sunday, July 16th 2017

If anyone wants to learn Spanish I can teach

Sunday, July 16th 2017

Hello Ronnie.

This is Olman Mencía from Honduras in Central America. I’m a Spanish native speaker.

Your video is really nice and I really like it, but there is a little issue with the word ‘Grosería’ that means ‘Rudeness’ in English.

Some Spanish speakers when they are learning English confuse the meaning with the English word ‘grocery’ that as a noun means: ‘a grocer’s store or business’.

The meaning for ‘grocery’ in Spanish is: ‘Tienda de comestibles’, we have other translations like: ‘Almacen’ or ‘Tienda de abarrotes’ as well.


Olman Mencía B.

Sunday, July 16th 2017

Hi Ronnie! I really like & enjoy so much your videos. I like your teaching way, it’s too fruitful for me.
But in this video you made a mistake about the word “grosería”, because its mean is not “STORE TO BUY FOOD”, it mean “BAD WORD” or “BAD TREATMENT TO SOMEONE”
I hope don’t make me wrong, and if I made a mistake in this comment, please excuse me, I’m just an english beginner

Monday, July 17th 2017

    Sorry!! I made a mistake, it’s not “BAD WORD” it is “RUDE WORD”.

    Monday, July 17th 2017

Very good, Ronnie! I’ll be waiting for the “False Friends Portuguese Edition”. Bye!

Monday, July 17th 2017

Hi Ronnie! You made me searched the word grosería in the dictionary hahaha, anyway, thanks for the lesson.

Monday, July 17th 2017

Ronnie I love youuuu!!!

Monday, July 17th 2017

Hi, very good lesson. Something about “groserìa”, it mean: do something not polite, ok. Thanks to Envid, you are wonderful.

Monday, July 17th 2017

Hi mam. Iam vinod from india i want know difference b/w drink and take. Confusions – (i take tea or i drink tea,juice, milk etc)

Tuesday, July 18th 2017

Thanks Ronnie. Despite the lesson to be just to Spanish speaksers, We also could use it a bit for Portuguese speakers, there are some words, that it is not write equal, but it’s similar. Cheers

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

YES, I´m waiting for the PORTUGUESE EDITION

Wednesday, July 19th 2017

Thanks Ronnie, great lesson

Thursday, July 20th 2017

I like to your English

Friday, July 21st 2017

Hi Ronie I loved it, see you next video.

Friday, July 21st 2017

Hi everybody

Friday, July 21st 2017

I liked very much this lesson, I love study english tanks Ronnie!

Sunday, July 23rd 2017

Ronnie, I’m amazed at you, you’re so funny and I really enjoy learning with your lessons. Hope you upload more and more videos.

Monday, July 24th 2017

I enjoyed and learn a lot from Ronnie video it is very useful and this is the best approach to Teach English as a foreign language.

Thank you

Monday, July 24th 2017

Hi Ronnie . I am from Iraq . And i love you sooooooo much . I like your style in teaching . And i hope be beter in English Language by your lessons. All i wish to speak to you directly . Really i told all my family about your kindness in theaching . Thank you so much again.

Monday, July 24th 2017

I got 9 of 9, Very funny Ronnie!

Wednesday, July 26th 2017

I got it.

Thursday, July 27th 2017

Hi Ronnie .im vinod. I have confusion in two sentences. Look at front and look in front can you please explain me.

Sunday, July 30th 2017

thank you!

Monday, July 31st 2017

thanks a lot

Monday, July 31st 2017

thanks Ronnie

Tuesday, August 1st 2017

Hi Ronnie! False friends are really confusing but you helped us to understand one more time. Thank you very much!

Tuesday, August 1st 2017

Hi Ronnie,
I still don’t understand about use auxiliaries verbs and verb TO BE. I want you to explain me about this.
-When we use auxiliaries (Do) in sentences as question form?
-When we use verb TO BE ( am, is ,and are) in sentences as question form?

Wednesday, August 2nd 2017

Hi Ronnie!
I love your way to teaching, you are very smart and I love you.
I wanna tell you that you are wrong with the word “GROSERIA” I am a Spanish speaker and it means a “BAD WORD” “AN INSULT”.
That’s all.
love; me♥

Saturday, August 5th 2017

Thank you very much,Ronnie

Wednesday, August 9th 2017

Hi Ronnie…thank you very mach.

Saturday, August 12th 2017

Hi Ronnie! Thank you very much. I love your videos and I’m waiting for the Portuguese edition.
what about to make a video with words like retired and retarded? Once I said “I was retarded instead retired!kkk

Thursday, August 24th 2017

Thank you very much,Ronnie, From Perú

Friday, August 25th 2017

hi!, Ronnie have a good day.. excelent words!

Tuesday, August 29th 2017

Ty so much for the explanation…

Wednesday, August 30th 2017

tq ronnie.you the best ever teacher

Sunday, September 3rd 2017

Hi Ronnie, in Spanish we have the word ‘asalto’ whish sounds quite similar to ‘assault’, but they have a very different meaning, ‘asalto’ means robbery, ‘assault’ means attack or a violent action.

Monday, September 4th 2017

Ronnie you are a great teacher! so funny ^-^

Friday, September 8th 2017

Thank’s Ronnie you the best

Sunday, September 10th 2017


Tuesday, September 19th 2017

Hello , I want to know how to talk with the reception ( in different places like hotel office hospital etc.)and how to start conversation with them?

Monday, September 25th 2017

Sorry. It wasn’t easy for me.😞

Wednesday, October 4th 2017

Very good lesson.Thanks.

Friday, October 6th 2017

Thanks a lot Ronnie, your video is really interesting.

Monday, October 16th 2017

in my country, another false friend is ‘Librería’ which means ‘bookstore and/or desktop items store’, whereas ‘Library’ means in Spanish ‘Biblioteca’ as an institution where there are books to read, study, or borrow them under special conditions.
Thank you Ronnie.

Monday, October 16th 2017

Compromiso would be more like Commitment.

Thursday, October 26th 2017

and the spanish word despacito

Sunday, November 19th 2017

thanks Ronnie

Monday, November 20th 2017

I always enjoy your videos Ronnie.
A brief observation though: ‘grosería’ would not be a store, but it’d be a cuz word or a rude behavior.

Have an amazing day :D

Wednesday, January 3rd 2018

Thanks a lot.

Thursday, February 8th 2018

Hi Ronnie! The video has some mistakes, tuna is also the same fish,you can say atun too. Groseria is a bad word and in my country compromiso is something important you have to do related to an event you’ve said you’ll go or a meeting, is also when you give your word for someone, I did a copromiso” with her to go therapy/ to take care of the kids.

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Thats why some Spanish speakers are confused with compromise because in some situations is like an agreement too

Saturday, February 10th 2018

Thanks Ronnie you’re the best.

Tuesday, March 13th 2018

Thanks Ronnie

Saturday, March 17th 2018

Hi Ronnie
I wanna tell you that you are wrong with the word “GROSERIA”in Colombia it means a “AN INSULT”.

Wednesday, July 25th 2018

Thanks, Dear Ronnie! I’m a beginner for learning English, I choose your lessons from the whole of them. Today, I have got another sentence, “baby, please don’t pick your nose, it’s so disgusting!” My kids like to play this game now,I don’t why. I have made a plan that leaving a comment after listening to your lesson. I believe my English will improve.

Tuesday, October 16th 2018

i loved this lesson

Thursday, October 25th 2018

Thanks Ronnie. This was just I needed. In fact I’m making a list of confusing words for Spanish people like “actually”, “realize”, “clue”,” terrific” an so on. But I think “compromiso” also means agreement . And “Tuna” ,in Spain, is called “higo chumbo” when we are speaking about fruit. Tuna also means a musical group from University who sings popular songs like ” Clavelitos”

Thursday, May 16th 2019

Are you the best Roney, but groseria in Spanich is more used to a bad word,groceria is like to liquor store.
thank you for your classes

Tuesday, April 7th 2020

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