When I was in the Navy, the Master Chief used to say, „if you want sympathy, you can find it in the dictionary…right between shit and syphillis“. This was good advice, but it doesn’t help when a Czech word has an almost opposite meaning from English. A great example of this is „host“. A host in English is the person who provides accomodation for a guest. In Czech, the word host means guest. Similarly, in English sympathy is something you get for being a pathetic loser. Here, being sympathetic is more akin to attractiveness or likeability. So when someone says you are sympathetic, it means you look good instead of act kindly. So a sympathetic host in Australia may be willing to hear your hard-luck story and give you a discount off your night’s stay. Here, it’s just a good looking lodger.