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Common mistakes in Spanish Words and Phrases

In all languages there are some words that lead to mistakes in writing or use due to their similarity in pronunciation. Since this problem also exists in Spanish, we have prepared a selection of 100 words that frequently present problems to help you improve your Spanish. Remember that you can also consult our data base of "Spanish Words" (word of the day) to expand your vocabulary.

Exit / éxito

"Exit" should be translated in Spanish as "salida". Éxito means success. Thus it is a false friend.

Example:
Su nuevo libro ha tenido mucho éxito.


Explotar / explosionar

Although these are synonyms according to the Royal Academy, the use of "explosionar" with the meaning "hacer explotar" is preferred.

Example:
Los artificieros explosionaron la bomba.
Los artificieros hicieron explotar la bomba.


Falsear / falsificar

Falsear: The truth or reality is falsified or distorted ("falsear").
Falsificar: Money is forged ("falsificar"). To produce something that is false.

Example:
En muchos casos la historia está falseada.
Cogieron a una banda que falsificaba billetes de 20 euros.


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