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jwkelley
March 12th, 2012, 08:55
I want to do a lesson on English words in Japanese that have a different English meaning. I was wondering if any one knew some good words like smart, high tension, Reform, potato ect. ect.?

Jiggit
March 12th, 2012, 09:26
You could explain to them that not everything made with flour is bread. Good luck with that.

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:30
Hmmm...

get, convenience, energy, strike, sign, drive, handle, file, present, page, pound, point, match, model, monitor, wipe, label, uniform...

You probably can't use these two: sex, grass

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:34
taxi, cream, accessory

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:35
instant, mug, glass

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:35
service, school, test

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:36
bill, pool

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:50
mantle, claim, seal, snack, consent (this one is weird in Japanese, I have no idea why they use it the way they do)

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:54
range, box, tank, regular

word
March 12th, 2012, 09:59
fast, fan, charge, pan (why didn't I think of that one before)

Jiggit
March 12th, 2012, 10:41
consent (this one is weird in Japanese, I have no idea why they use it the way they do)

looooool

What does it mean?

mteacher80
March 12th, 2012, 10:46
Most of those have the correct "English" meaning when used in Japanese....don't they?

word
March 12th, 2012, 10:46
It refers to an electrical plug. No clue why.

word
March 12th, 2012, 10:47
Most of those have the correct "English" meaning when used in Japanese....don't they?
Yes, but they all have alternate meanings or can be used in another way. I think that's what the OP was looking for. All of these words probably aren't useful, but some of 'em may work for the lesson he had in mind, hopefully.

mteacher80
March 12th, 2012, 10:53
And consent.....comes from concentric plug. Not common engle, but not wrong!

mteacher80
March 12th, 2012, 10:54
...English

word
March 12th, 2012, 11:40
I've never actually used that word to describe a plug, but I guess it kinda makes sense.

I get that the OP might be looking for words that actually have different meanings in English than in Japanese, but there just aren't all that many. A few of those that I listed qualify, I guess.

Jiggit
March 12th, 2012, 12:32
As every student who went to my school learns at some point, good old "shoe cream" is always hilarious. By which I mean even the best students will only look politely at you and nod awkwardly when you tell them.