In French the word I'd use is mes connaissances. But this word also (and mainly) means the things I know, and then the traduction I find is: my knowledges.

Is this double meaning exists in English and what should I say to talk about people I know and who know me without being my friends?

Edit (an example of context):

This software is very popular, if you have any problem with it just ask to your connaissances, I think that somebody could help you.

  • I'm not familiar with my knowledges. Also, what you want to ask? You want to refer people whom you know?
    – Maulik V
    Mar 13, 2014 at 9:31
  • @MaulikV Yes, but not necessarily my friends. Mar 13, 2014 at 9:43
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    the word is acquaintances.
    – Maulik V
    Mar 13, 2014 at 9:44
  • Can you share an example sentence? And exactly who are these people? I ask because "acquaintance" sounds very formal, and depending on the context there may be a better phrasing -- for instance, a word that describes how you know them (colleagues, for instance.)
    – relaxing
    Mar 13, 2014 at 17:47
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    I wouldn't use acquaintance there. It makes sense, but wouldn't be used in everyday speech. You could definitely use "friend", as you'd have to be on somewhat friendly terms with someone to bug them with software questions :) I would use "someone/somebody" and let the reader infer "someone you know." Or if you have a specific audience, say "colleague/classmate/etc..." My phrasing: "This software is very popular. If you have any problems with it, just ask someone for help."
    – relaxing
    Mar 14, 2014 at 14:36

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When I typed and translated mes connaissances in Google, it showed my knowledge.

Firstly, it cannot be my knowledges as it's not a countable noun. If you want to refer to those known to you, the word is acquaintance or known.

my acquaintances (derived from acquaintance) -example #3 there.

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    Right, let’s get acquainted! Mar 13, 2014 at 10:54
  • @LucianSava sure ;) This is a good question.
    – Maulik V
    Mar 13, 2014 at 10:54

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