False Friend of the Week – Dec. 26

During 2016 we present one false friend every week.

handeln (DE) = to trade (kaufen/verkaufen) / to haggle (over sth) (feilschen) (EN)

to handle sth (EN) = etw bearbeiten, für etw zuständig sein (DE)

Example – to trade: “The company trades on the DAX.” / “At the moment, the company is trading for/at EUR 25.75.”

Example – to haggle (over sth): “We haggled over the price until it was 50 per cent of what he originally said.”

Example – to handle sth (etw bearbeiten): “At the moment, my team is handling the purchase of a major competitor.”

Example – to handle sth (für etw zuständig sein): “She handles all our key accounts.”

Mindy Ehrhart Krull
About the author

Originally from the US, Mindy Ehrhart Krull holds a master's degree in journalism and has been teaching English and working as an author, editor and proofreader in Germany since 2008.

At DELS, she leads a team of several English trainers and language professionals.

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