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I once asked a classmate whose mother is Irish, "So, do you know how to speak Irish?".
She gave me a funny look & said, "They speak English".
Cripes! I had mixed up the Welsh & Irish!
That moment has always been one I wish had never happened.
I used to believe that everyone thought in English, so people in stores and such that could speak Spanish must be SUPER smart.
ON my first day of primary school, i came home having learnt many interesting things. My teacher had a big poster that said "Everyone Smiles in the Same Language" I thought that this meant that there were many different kinds of smiling, not just the happy one that i knew. I figured that there were different ways of smiling to show each emotion, and that anyone in the world could understand them. I went home and announced to the family (we're Welsh and my grandparents, who lived with us, didn't believe in english in the home) that we could cut down on noise and everyone would understand each other if we all just used "smilese"
I used to think that if you spoke several languages, you could only do one at a time. So, if something interesting happened when you were in French mode, you wouldn't remember it if someone asked you in English. I believed this for a very long time.
As a young child I attended a Mexican run religious pre-school. The nuns there tried to teach us our colors by song, for years I sang it with their accent, "Red, orange, jell-o, green blue purple..." My mom still laughs at that one!
When my husband applied for his first job when he was around 15 or so...
The application asked if he spoke a foreign language he put Enlgish. He got the job, I'm assuming because he made the interviewer laugh so hard when he read over the app. I asked him why he would put that. He said well I of course speak Amerian because I live in America & I took English in high-school so at the time it made sense. He also trys to play it off that he was nervous as it was his first job interview. Now when he mumbles something & I can't understand him...I'll ask him to let me know if he's speaking American or English so I can translate it as I am not bilingual.LOL!
When I was 7 our family decided to move to Dubai for afew years. I thought that I'd completely stop speaking English and I'd start speaking Arabic and Arabic would take over English and I mae my friends swear to teach me English again when I got back
my friend thought that French was pronounced like English backwards, because we live in Canada, and English is on one side of packaging, and French on the opposite side.
when 1 was 5 i went on my first holiday abroad to spain and i thought soon as i got there i could instantly talk spanish and will come back unable to speak english
when i was three, my family moved from maryland to georgia. i thought they spoke a different language in georgia and before we moved, i kept asking my mom to teach me how to speak georgian.
When we used to go to Germany my dad told me about 'oerworms' (earworms) which means wen u get a song stuck in your head. until i was 14 i used to think earworm was a real english word. now i think bout it i must have confused a lot of people.
I used to think that English was the only spoken language.One day in preschool my teacher invited a mom who who whould teach us French, when my teacher told me that I said,"I already know how to make french fries!"
As a child, I was always confused seeing anywhere "SOS" (Save Our Souls) sign, because in my language "sos" means "sauce" - I remember I often asked my mom, why the hell the sauces are so popular on the ships since they mention so often about it!
One of my brothers thought that everybody thought in English and that people who spoke different languages had to translate the words in thier heads and spoke in a different language because it sounded "cool."
I used to believe that everybody thought in English but it just came out differant.
When I was young I used to be amazed when I watched news programmes where someone was being interviewed and you could see dozens of microphones shoved in their face. I thought that each microphone automatically translated the speakers words into a different language so that everyone in the world would be able to understand it!
I used to believe that cursive handwriting was French. After all, the French are so sophisticated, and it made sense that their writing would look fancier than plain American (print) writing. However, when I finally learned how to read cursive, I was disappointed that the words weren't different.
I used to think that people that spoke different languages just made up jibberish as they went along in a converstion.
I used to think that one letter in English ment one letter in another language. So I thought that "A" would be "h" in French or something like that. I was so stupid!
I used to think that people speaking another language were really just speaking English with a really strong accent. I was convinced that I could speak those languages too by mimicking their "accent."