Final consonant, different meaning.

(Para ver la versión española, entra en: http://wp.me/P1rYHS-6j  )

Shall we start with a warm-up question?

How do you say ‘bricolaje’ in English?

Recently, while out shopping at a hardware / D-I-Y store in Cocentaina, a young lady was looking for a replacement light bulb.

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Other shoppers (not just ourselves) were amused to notice that she was clearly more interested in the young assistant serving her than in pronouncing her ‘anglicismos’ correctly!  From the context she was clearly talking about bulbs, even though the words she was pronouncing were “¿…y si compro el coal, es ….?”   “¿…. y el war es ….?

Remember: in English, not finishing a word can often change its meaning.
Let’s continue with this example.

Modern light bulbs are supplied in a range of ‘colour temperatures’ which are described as cold – cool – warm, on a scale like this:

Colour temperature   cold cool warm

Warm, cool and cold colours

Click for the correct pronunciation, click the links you see highlighted like this: warm

And for those of you who can’t remember what a war is, it’s an armed conflict.
A ‘war front’  in conventional warfare is where battles or fighting take place:

On the other hand, a warm front (and a cold front)  is a weather phenomenon, as you can see here:

Weather fronts

Cold and warm weather fronts

Finally, coal is a fossil fuel which we burn in ‘real’ fires – sometimes along with wood (logs), to generate heat.

Coal

A coal fire

On a cold winter’s day,
it’s nice to come home and warm your hands
in front of  a nice coal fire.

2 thoughts on “Final consonant, different meaning.

    • Great! You’re welcome.

      Most Poles I speak to have quite a good level of English – some of them (my best friend’s wife, for example) an EXCELLENT level. So, I’m sure you’ll appreciate some of the points I was making. The important point really is to finish one’s words where appropriate, a point which Mediterranean speakers sometimes “forget” – or just don’t do! 🙂

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