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False Friends (II): “to advise” in Spanish

False Friends (II)In today’s post, you will learn how to translate the verb “to advise” in Spanish. This is a false friend in Spanish because the meaning of “to advise” has nothing to do with “avisar”.

To advise: ‘aconsejar, asesorar’

Avisar: ‘to notify, to warn, to call’

Not the same, are they? Let’s see some examples:

– I advised him to eat before the flight.

How would you translate it into Spanish?

– Le aconsejé que comiera antes del vuelo. —–> Right! 🙂
– Le avisé que comiera antes del vuelo. —–> Wrong! 🙁

So remember, “to advise” means ‘aconsejar, asesorar’, whereas “avisar” means ‘to notify, to warn or to call’