I used to believe that people who don’t understand English can’t talk.
Assuming that the word fraud has German origins, I used to get it confused with Freud, and wondered how it made a connection together. Maybe a scientific bank crime, to be imaginative?
I used to think that when you got a foreign language option for something, like if a list of instructions were written in English, French, Polish, and German, for instance, then the foreign ones besides English were just there randomly, rather than being languages that people would be speaking if they were using the product!
I used to believe that the words Angliphile and Francophile were related to the word paedophiles.
I thought that Japanese and Chinese both had Kawaii....
BONUS: I thought that Japanese and Chinese languages were just symbols!
This is sad because I have Scottish ancestry from my paternal grandfather’s side. I used to believe Scottish was a language. I didn’t think British, Kiwi, Aussie or Canadian English were languages though.
I used to think Russians had surnames ending with ski because of the skiing they do in Siberia.
This is a rather stupid one lol, but I used to think that foreign schoolkids, like ones from Kosovo or somewhere like that, would have to have 'special lessons' with speaking English. You get the idea.
I used to believe that "foofa" was the F-word in Spanish.
When I was little I believed that people who spoke a foreign language were translating to and from English in their minds.
I used to believe that all singers had to write their own lyrics and that if their language skills were not perfect, the mistakes would remain in the song.
English is not my mother tongue, and growing up I learned a lot of English from songs. But I was always a bit wary of songs by non-native English groups and singers. I was afraid that they had made mistakes (not knowing English perfectly) and that I'd acquire their mistakes.
I'm from a country that speaks Spanish, so as a little kid I didn't understand English much. So one day during summer when a was 6 and visiting the U.S.A I was in the car with my mother, grandmother, cousin, and sisters, we made a stop to a McDonald's with a play place, so they let us play in the play place. I wanted to know how to communicate with the American kids while playing with them, so I went like "AAAAAA NO FHSJSJSJDISMNEJM" because that apparently sounded English to me. I left several of them confused.
I used to believe that "paparazzi" was a Italian word that chefs said when they were making pizza. I stopped believing when my mother and my sister were talking about paparazzis. I asked what it meant, and they said that it is a photographer who takes pictures of famous people.
I used to think that Russian was just English backwards
I thought there were only 3 languages in the entire world - English, Spanish, and Chinese
I used to think that people from Australia spoke Australian and that people from Austria spoke Austrian
I thought that Korean and Japanese sounded the same.
Since Germans speak German, I thought Jewish people spoke Jewish.
I used to think that the word "Germanic" had something to do with being sick
I once thought english was the only real language and the others were just made up