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When i was younger i used to believe that when people spoke a foriegn language it was just like they were speaking english to each other, and that if we had subtittles for a forieng language the n they would too...cause they were talking in english to each other...

Anon
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My sister and her friend used to believe that there was no such thing as the language 'English', they thought they spoke 'American' and 'English' was some kind of gibberish.

Maddy
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When I was a toddler, I had lots of toddler friends who were non-English speakers, but I had no concept of different languages and just thought that they had their own words for things. We all just spoke our own language and listened in eachother's languages. I understood "pass the red crayon" in three languages and had no idea I had language skills.

anon
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i used to think "Es Cahr Gho" (or howevery you spell it) Meant The Car Goes.... Since I had heard my siblings learning spanish, some of the words sounded like ours... so putting two and two together ... ah whatever you know what i mean

uh
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When I was 5 years old, a new girl joined my class from Germany, I had no idea she was from another country until later on when I was riding in the car with her and her mother and they began speaking to one another in German. I thought all foreign people must look different to me, and because they looked the same as me, it never crossed my mind that they might be from another place, actually I don't think I'd heard of foreign languages existing at all. I spent the entire car journey listening really hard and panicking because I couldn't understand why their words made no sense to me. I really thought I was going mad. You can imagine my relief when I discovered my brain was working again when I met up with my mother at the end of the journey.

Layla
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I used to think that all languages were written the same, just spoken differently. I even asked my mother this, and she said that was true! It took me a while to figure out languages.

Emily
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I used to believe that until I was 6 that all people, no matter what language they spook or read, spook and thought words in English in their head. I remember looking at a Spanish picture book, and thought "Silly people, why don't they just speak English instead of speaking this stuff. It would be a lot easier."

Anon
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Once I told the teacher "I'm almost done!" Thinking I had just let her know I was as finished as I can be, I was quite confused to hear her say" Well go and finish it up then, Suzie." I learned quickly what "almost" meant. This was in kindergarten, I was still kind of new to English--even though strangely teachers had no idea it was my 2nd language--I heard a kid using the word "almsot" and I liked it.

Soo
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When I was baout 4 I didn't know the English word for "grass". I used to call all ordinary grass "hashish". I had no idea what that really referred to...lol

Soo
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my parents use to talk in chinese (my 2nd language) and subsequently hakka and teochew (their dilects) when they didnt want me or my sister to know what they were talking about. i use to think that i was a code they made up in the middle of the night and that it wasnt a real language at all.

caris
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I used to believe that if someone from japan wrote something in japanese, It would look english to japanese people but japanese to everyone else

Jake
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Coming to the states when I was four, I thought English was jibberish. So people always talked "jibbierish" so I joined in. Man I must have looked dumb.

wadawadabingbnag
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I used to think that people who spoke a different language really had some sort of device in their ears to translate what they were saying into english.

Timred
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I used to believe that to speak spanish, you would have to add an O to the end of every english word. (Hi!=Hio!, I'm bored=I'mo boredo)

LiLTiger
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When i was little, i watched sesame street alot, and they would do a number song in spanish. Well, i must have miss understood them, because for the longest time i would sing, Uno, dos, tres, CUATHRO... my mom tried to correct me but i argues with her because thats what i thought i heard!

Diane
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I used to believe that if you would go to an other country and talk about music you would have to translate the band's name into that native language. (i.e. The Doors = Las Puertas)

Cassandra
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When I was young, I thought everyone in the world understood English.

Tia
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when I was little, I thought that each foreign language was just a 'code', + you could learn it by finding out which letters represented which. The only foreign word I knew was 'oui', so I had a starting point for learning French:
Y=O
E=U
S=I
I was dying to find something writen in French so I could crack more of the code...

Nin
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I used to believe that when someone was born, no matter what country they lived in, automatically spoke English, and that their parents would have to teach them their native language.

deborah
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I used to belive that everyone spoke the same language. i thought the people talking in different languages were just talkng jibberish.

Andrew
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