#1 My name is Dan
Spain, however, takes a much different approach. While people in Spain do work hard, there is a stronger understanding of what work-life balance means. In Spain, people understand that work is only one part of their lives. While it may be nice to take pride in your job, Spaniards deeply value their time off, often spending it on slow, relaxing lunches and being with friends and family in the evenings and on the weekends.
#3 Differences between the US and Spain
#4 False Friends
During the “Who Are We” activity I have done this week, a common false friend, or false cognate, that I have corrected is the Spanish word “pacífico”. In English, the word “Pacific” refers to an ocean, and the correct English word would be “peaceful”.
In English class, you’re taught to beware of words that sound similar in both languages, but have very different meanings, also known as “false friends” or “false cognates”. While this may be a struggle for you in class, it might be amusing to know that I struggle with the same issue when speaking Spanish.
For example, when I went to see the dermatologist last year, I was trying to ask the receptionist about my insurance policy. As a native English speaker, my mind automatically went to the word “policía” instead of “póliza”. In other words, while trying to ask what was wrong with my insurance policy, I ended up asking what was wrong with the insurance police.
My goal with this article is to make you feel more confident in practicing your English. Even though you might mix up some words, you can feel comforted knowing that, at the very least, you didn’t ask a receptionist about the insurance police.