False Friend of the Week – Nov. 7

During 2016 we present one false friend each week.

aktuell (DE) = current(ly) (EN)

actual(ly) (EN) = tätsachlich, eigentlich, konkret (DE)

Examples – current: What’s the current situation? / We’re offering special deals on holiday packages to sunny Australia!

Examples – actual: Before we launched the product we used sales projections for the calculations. Now that we’re in the second quarter we can use the actual figures. / (to politely say that someone is incorrect) Actually, we have four offices in Germany, not two.


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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