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When i first saw the word "Czech" somewhere, i pronounced it "siz-ETCH" in my head
Me and my brother used to think the site PolishForums was a forum site about nail polish until we clicked the link. We found out it was not about nail polish, shoe polish, furniture polish, or anything related to polishing stuff. It was confusing...
As a kid, I'd only ever heard the word "Gesundheit" used in cartoons, so I thought it was a meaningless funny-sounding word that was only ever used in cartoons. Well, one time when I was visiting my neighbor (who was German), I heard her say "Gesundheit" after I sneezed. From then on, I thought she must have liked watching cartoons a lot.
Until recently, I used to believe that the American English and the UK English were the same language.
When I was a child I used to believe that Italian was the only spoken language in the world and foreign songs were sung using invented words without meaning.
I use to believe tath the english was hard to lern
I am argentine and I speak spanish
When I was nine a boy in my class told me that "Frankenstein," mrant "Frank's monster" in German and I believed him.Later I got really mad at my sister and I thought the most insulting thinh hing to call her was a monster, and I could impress her by speaking German so I yelled "you..you stein" she was somewhat baffled but strangely my new insult caught on until a girl named Stein joined the class and the cunfused teachers put an end to "Steining" people.
I used to wonder who Mazelle was, and why she was always mad. It wasn't until we had French class I realized it's mademoiselle.
For a while I thought Anon was a name of an ancient philosopher. Probably Greek.
I knew a boy in first grade who didn't think people from England spoke English. As best I can figure it, he figured that accents qualified as other languages.
When I was like 4 or 5, I loved those Sesame Street movies where Big Bird visits other countries. I really liked learning Japanese words in "Big Bird in Japan", but unfortunately almost all the words they focused on sounded exactly like English words: "hai" (yes) sounds like "hi", "ohayou" (good morning) sounds like "Ohio", and "ichi, ni, san" (one, two, three), sounds like "itchy, knee, sun." Because of this, I thought for a time that Japanese, and probably other languages besides English, had all the same words as English, but the meanings were just switched around.
As a child I used to think that everybody speaks the same language, mine.
My first language is English, and when I was little I thought that everybody in the world could automatically speak and understand English, even though they could speak their own language as well.
I used to complain about only knowing English, that everybody else in other countries could speak it to and how boring it is having a language that everyone in the world could speak.
Then my sister finally explained the concept of languages... hahaha
When I was a kid I thought the body of a deceased person was placed on the top drawer of a large dresser and a king's crown was placed on top (in Spanish, my first language, coffin and drawer are the same word)
When I was little, I watched a lot of "Pepe Le Peu" cartoons. I was convinced that French cats meowed in French, for example: "Le meow".
I'm Chinese American and when I was a kid, I lived in the USA, in a small town with no other Chinese people except an elderly lady and her son who spoke a different Chinese dialect we didn't understand so we just spoke to them in English. No one else knew a word of Chinese. I used to believe that 1. Chinese is a rare language. 2. Each Chinese family spoke a different dialect of Chinese.
When i was little i believed that all words were the same in all languages, just that they were pronounced differently.
I used to believe that people who spoke foreign languages all translated to English in their head before speaking. It wasn't until I took a French in secondary school that I figured it out.
I used to wear hats a lot when I was little. I thought that I would look foreign.
I don't understand why either.... or why I would want to look foreign anyway.
My dad can be very silly and is always making up words and saying them over and over again. When I was little, he also used to occasionally say random words in French. Since I had never heard anyone but him say them, I assumed he made them up too.