Freak in English does not mean the same as Friki in Spanish! Nerd, geek, freak.

kimgriffithsenglish.com blog for teaching English - helpful to know the difference between the English word Freak and the Spanish word Freaki. They do not mean the same! Check out the post!

I often hear and correct my English learning students misusing freak and they think that it means the same as freaki / friki in Spanish which basically means geek.

Today I saw these wonderful explanations in images from Vaughan English @GrupoVaughan on Twitter, and I had to share them with you!

I recommend visiting their account! Click  here to visit their twitter account.

 

 

 

Freak

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Freak comes from Freak show, the terrible part of old time circus shows where they showed people who were deformed or who were not accepted as normal people. Today if we call someone a freak it is very insulting and offensive, like calling someone a freak of nature – un-natural. It doesn’t have the same meaning at all as friki in Spanish.

 

This is an image taken from the movie Freak Show. It was about a group of unusual people (some physically disabled, others mentally disabled, with genetic disorders etc) who were used as exhibits in a circus - like animals. As you can see freak in English is not a light thing to call someone.
This is an image taken from the movie Freak Show. It was about a group of unusual people (some physically disabled, others mentally disabled, with genetic disorders etc) who were used as exhibits in a circus – like animals. Freak in English is not a light thing to call someone, it implies they are not as good as others and that there is something wrong with them. The people from this movie and in those old Freak shows would nowadays be part of society and accepted, with treatment for mental problems or help for physical challenges. But of course, there would still be someone now who stares at people on the street.

 

 

Geek

Geeks, generally, refers to people who love video games, science fiction, fantasy books and films, technology, and have watched all the series of Star Trek etc.  I am a bit of a geek 🤓

So geek could be the translation of friki.

Sheldon Cooper from the series, The Big Bang Theory. A classic geek and quite nerdy too!
Sheldon Cooper from the series The Big Band Theory, a stereotypical geek. With a nerd interest in studies!

 

 

Nerd

Nerd is like geek but is putting more emphasis on the fact that the person studies a lot. They have the best marks in class and often don’t worry so much about their image and style.

Steve Urkel, the character from the tv series, is basically a nerd. Loves studying, uses long words and doesn't concentrate on his clothes and style too much.
Steve Urkel, the character from the tv series Family Matters, is basically a nerd. Loves studying, uses long words and doesn’t concentrate on his clothes and style too much.

 

 

A few tiny (little) differences  between geeks and nerds

Geek and nerd traits, from Kirby Satterfield.
Image credit – Kirby Satterfield, http://www.dailyinfographic.com/geek-traits-vs-nerd-traits-infographic

Click  here to visit the page this came from.

 

 

Don’t forget! If you call someone a freak in English it is a strong insult and offensive.

Are you a language nerd? Or a sci-fi fan geek? Tell me in the comments 🤓

Have a great week!

hugs, Kim

P.S. Click  Here to watch a short video Nerds rule the world on YouTube.



 

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About Kim Griffiths

I'm interested in kindness, creativity, positivity and learning new things. I teach English, write about English, sing jazz, paint and make things.

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