No kidding, Orlando was in Mexico City one time and saw a man in Chapultepec Park who was selling helados esquisitos. Why would anyone want to buy ‘weird’ ice cream? Turns out, in Spanish esquisito means exquisite, and Mexicans actually like to have their helado esquisito! It’s a positive thing. In Portuguese, esquisito means strange or weird. OK, that’s what we mean by false cognates. Although many words between Spanish and Portuguese are similar, there are others that trick you because the meaning isn’t what you expect.
Culturally, we talk about getting a driver’s license. Unlike the United States where generally people can get their driver’s license when they are 16, in Brazil people need to be 18 years of age.
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