English words with two different meanings in Spanish

if you think Spanish is the only language which words have more than one meaning, you need to read this blogs, where I mention some English words with two different meanings in Spanish.

A few weeks ago I wrote about Spanish words with two different meanings in English and a lot of you asked me if I could write a blog other way around, so English words with two different meanings in Spanish. You talked. I listened. And today that is exactly what I am talking about, so if you are ready, let’s find out some English words with double meaning in Spanish:

1-MEAN

When talking about someone that is not nice to us or something unpleasant in Spanish we use malvado o malintencionado

That you said was very mean – Eso que dijiste fue muy malintencionado.

But if we use it as a verb it can also mean significar or querer decir

What does it mean in Spanish? – ¿Qué significa eso en español?

What do you mean? – ¿Qué quieres decir?

2-BAT

When talking about the stick you use to play sports in Spanish is called bate

I need a new bat for my baseball practice – Necesito un bate nuevo para mis practicas de béisbol.

But if we refer to the animal in Spanish is murciélago

Bats can see in the dark – Los murciélagos pueden ver en la oscuridad.

3-BOOK

Again if we use it as a verb it will be reservar

Don’t forget to book a table on Saturday for Marisa’s birthday – No te olvides de reservar una mesa para el cumple de Marisa.

But if instead of a verb we are using it as something we read in Spanish is libro

I love reading, every week I start a new book- Me encanta leer, cada semana empiezo un libro nuevo.

4-BEAR

It is another word that can describe an animal, oso

Bears hibernate – Los osos invernan.

And also can be used as a verb to describe soportar

The hanger has to bear the weight of the coats – El colgador tiene que soportar el peso de los abrigos.

5-COACH

We can use it to refer the transport in which case in Spanish we use autobús

We tour around Europe by coach – Recorrimos Europa en autobús.

Or to refer a person who trains someone or a team, in which case in Spanish is entrenador

My football team has a new coach – Mi equipo de fútbol tiene un nuevo entrenador.

6-SIGN

Another word that can act as a verb, firmar

We need to sign the contract for the flat- Necesitamos firmar el contrato del piso.

But also as a noun meaning señal

I took the wrong exit because I didn’t see the sign. – Tomé la salida equivocada porque no vi la señal.

So…There you have it! 6 English words with 2 different meanings in Spanish, now it is your turn, leave a comment and let me know:

-did you know the double meaning of these English words?

-have they given you trouble before?

-do you know any other English words with two different meanings in Spanish?

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