False friend alert: study (Studium)

False friend alert: study (Studium)

A remarkable number of German native speakers, including university professors and even Nobel Prize winners, make the mistake of translating Studium into study. For example, they would write

1997-2001 Study of physics

in their CV. However, the English noun study translates into the German Studie, but not into Studium. A proper translation to English would be

1997-2001 Studies of physics

or even better

1997-2001 University degree in physics

Of course, the above is not restricted to physics. (Why not go and double-check your CV right now?)


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