If you've studied language before, then you are probably familiar with the term "cognate". A cognate is a word that sounds the same in two different languages and also has the same meaning. An example of a Russian cognate with English is телефон, which means telephone.
There are also things called "false cognates". False cognates are words that sound the same, but have different meanings (and that makes them confusing). Our list of 13 confusing Russian words is full of Russian false cognates. So, make sure you know what these words really mean to avoid a lot of confusion and misunderstanding.
Sounds like: "Smelly"
Sounds like: "Fucked"
Sounds like: "Piano"
Sounds like: "Normal"
Sounds like: "Band"
Means: Gang (but it also sometimes used about a band of musicians)
Sounds like: "Fabric"
Sounds like: "Insult"
Means: Stroke (paralyzation of a body part)
Sounds like: "Hooey"
Sounds like: "Climax"
Sounds like: "Cabinet"
Means: Office or Study (or a group of governmental officials)
Sounds like: "Accurate"
Sounds like: "Parole"
Sounds like: "Marsh"
Means: March (a special way of walking, for example how soldiers walk)
If you learn the meanings of these Russian words, then you're less likely to get confused or be subject to serious misunderstandings. So, try to remember them!
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