False friend: sympathetic
Sympathetic – (adjective) feeling compassionate or sorry for someone’s situation (German: teilnahmsvoll)
Does NOT mean: sympathisch, or likeable
Example: “She felt sympathetic towards him when she heard he lost his job.” in this sentence, sympathetic means she feels sorry for him, not that she is likeable.
1) His colleague is a very friendly and _______ person.
2) He was an hour late to work because his wife was sick, and he hoped that his boss would be _______ rather than angry about his reason for being late.
3) He used to have a negative opinion of his brother, but after getting to know him better, he was able to understand him and felt more ________ towards him.
Answer: 1)c. likable 2)a. sympathetic 3)a. sympathetic