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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.
I used to think that the Chinese spoke Spanish...I was really confused when I found out the truth.
As a child I learned some Spanish (at school) and Greek (from my Greek family), and once my Dad told me he had tried to learn Chinese but thought it was hard. So whenever I heard a language I didn't recognize, I thought it must be Chinese, and that English, Spanish, Greek, and Chinese were the only languages in the world!