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dateline: 03 May 2018

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French President Has Language Slip-Up in Australia

Pre-Listening Vocabulary

  • slip-up: a small, accidental mistake
  • delicious: having a good taste
  • hospitality: kindness in welcoming and entertaining guests
  • press conference: an event where the media asks officials questions
  • fluent: able to communicate effortlessly
  • latter: the second or last of two or more things mentioned

French President Has Language Slip-Up in Australia

France’s president, Emmanuel Macron, called the prime minister’s wife Lucy “delicious” while thanking the couple for their hospitality this week at a press conference. Macron is fluent in English, but confused a similar French and English word. In French, the word “dĂ©licieux” can mean delicious or very agreeable. The latter , which Macron meant, is not used in the same way when referring to people in English. The English word “delightful” would have been a more appropriate word choice for describing Lucy Turnbull. sounding words that can create misunderstandings in different languages are called “false friends.”

Comprehension Questions

  1. Who made the language slip-up and where?
  2. Why are the words “dĂ©licieux” and “delicious” considered false friends?
  3. What word did President Macron probably mean to use when describing Lucy Turnbull?

Discussion Question

Have you ever embarrassed yourself by using the wrong English word?

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Written by Tara Benwell for EnglishClub
Tara Benwell is a Canadian freelance writer and editor who specializes in materials and articles for the ELT industry.
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