False friends – 05: sollicitant vs solicitor



Transcript of the video lesson – sollicitant vs solicitor:

Hi, welcome to learndutch.org’s false friends.

Words from different languages that sound or look the same, but with a different meaning. Today the Dutch word: “sollicitant”, and the english “solicitor”. Both have something to do with professions, but not the same. They are false friends!

“solicitor” in English, is what we call “een advocaat” in Dutch.

But, “een sollicitant” in Dutch, is this. It is what we call “job applicant” in English. To apply for a job, is in Dutch the verb: “solliciteren”.

een sollicitant voor de functie van advocaat

a job applicant for the position of solicitor

So now you understand the difference, the Dutch “sollicitant” and and the English “solicitor” are false friends!

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