English is a beautiful language that borrows a lot of words from other languages. But every once in awhile there are just weird, random coincidences. Sometimes an English word sounds like one in another language, but the two have nothing to do with each other. Often, they don’t even have the same origin. These kinds of words are called false friends.
Like the other kind of false friend, these words can embarrass you or get you into trouble (depending on who’s around). We’ve collected just a few here. Beware of false friends on your next Instagram-worthy vacation.