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I did French Immersion (half day English, half day French) all through elementary school, and remember thinking that French was pretty much like English except with a different pronunciation. So art was art, science was science, musique was music, hygiene was health (it was just a more flowery term.) It took me awhile to accept that I was just learning plain old spelling and not the ancient and revered discipline of orthography.
i thought i could speak my own language because when i spoke in this language to my friend he wud talk bak the same i thought id invented a language until i tried speaking to my dad like that and he didnt replay.
i used to believe that you could learn foreign languages by subsituting foreign letters with english letters. For example bonjour = good day, so ... b=g, o=o, j=d ...
When I was a kid, a newspaper published the Russian Alphabet. I thought I was very clever in substituting the letters of English words with the Russian equivalent.... to this day, I blush when I am reminded of it, as I told everyone I could now speak/write Russian!
I used to believe that "Hazchem" was a German word meaning "danger" (hence the signs up at factories etc).
I was 21 before I figured out, all by myself at least, that it was an abbreviation for "hazardous chemicals".
I used to think that saying "I can't speak Spanish" meant that you literally couldn't make the words come out of your mouth (something like how Jim Carrey couldn't lie in the movie Liar Liar.) I pictured people like grabbing their throats and trying to choke the words out.
I used to believe speaking other languages than english we just because people were to stupid to speak english.
I took Spanish in elementary and I got the idea in my head that Spanish people laughed in Spanish.
Woah, too many 'Spanish's.
When i was 10 i believed door mats that said welcome, meant i will eat you in latin , So iwould run away in fright the end.
I used to believe that people who spoke other languages thought in English, hence in Germany a guy would say to another guy "Guten tag" and the other guy would think "Okay, um, Guten Tag means Good day."
Filipino people here often mix English with their Tagalog. So I came to the conclusion that Filipino people only created half a language and got lazy, so they took English to fill the rest.
I used to believe that English and Farsi (my native language) were the only languges that exsisted and people that spoke a different language were stupid and they were just speaking jibberish
When i was about 4 i was on a boat in a childrens play room and there was a a girl there talking french. I tryed copying what i thought she was doing, talking giberish once i was done she slaped me. I have a feeling i actualy said something, but it wasnt very nice though.
For the longest time I thought Pig Latin was an actual language that they spoke in a part of Europe.
my best friend and i would sit in the front lawn with a fold out table and read from the phone book trying to speak spanish but we didn't know how so we just talked giberish and it was are own klanuage and when people wal;ked by we would say like hello but hello was wekatakkimomo or something
When I was maybe four, I believed that English was THE real language, and people who didnt speak it were just speaking some secondary language.
When I was about 3 or 4,I used to think that people would laugh and cry differently depending on their languages. It confused me whenmy mother would burst out laughing everytime I asked how you cried in spanish.
When I was about 10 I thought all other people in the world that you could not see or hear, spoke in some other sort of alien language. Wierd eh!
I used to think that people in mexico spoke mexican and only people from spain spoke spanish.
I am German and when I was about 6 or 7 I learned a few English words like mom and dad (my first complete sentence was daddy go to bed)-well besides the point. For a very long time I believed that German was the only correct way of saying anything and foreign languages were just for people who were to stupid to learn German...I gave up that believe when I told my dad about a week after I first had that though....he actually kinda got mad at me.