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i used to believe that american was an enitrely different language than english. I'm from wales and speak both english and welsh, and i always assumed that this was because england is right next to wales, and the language had kind of "leaked". When i was 10 (i can hear you laughing) a boy from the U.S. came to my school. Everyone thought his accent was totally cool and i said "wow, you already speak perfect english. can you teach me some american?"
i thought that (when i was little) the French used numbers instead of letters to spell things!!!!!!!!!!! CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!
Janine was getting ready to study abroad in France and her friend was very concerned that all Janine's e-mails would be written in French automatically.
When i was small i didn't know what french kissing was so i asked my sister. she simply responded "it's kissing a while speaking french" so i was like "o let me try!" i grabbed my doll and started to speak the lil french i knew a while kissing it. my mom walked by when i was "french kissing it"....she later told me the truth...
I used to believe that a person who blows on the french horn would suddenly say words in French out of the horn.
when i asked my parents what a foriegn word meant, and they told me the english translation, i used to be so utterly conflused as to why they didn't just say what they meant rather than creating a new "foreign" word
When I was little I always thought that when my mom made fun of the chinese language that she was actully speaking chinese. So I would talk "chinese" to her.
My dad was teaching me how to count to 10 in spanish. Well, I kept on getting confused. I would say --by the way i have no idea how to spell in spanish--"uno, dose, threse, quatro, cese(which is 6), ciete, nueve, cinco(which is 5), diese!" and I would clap for myself afterwards. I was so proud!
I used to believe that "Pig Latin" was an actual language that was very rude--hence the name. I thought people only spoke "Pig Latin" when they wanted to insult somebody.
When I was ten we were in NJ visiting family and my cousin taught me pig Latin. I thought it was so cool! I later told my Mom that I wished we'd never moved from NJ because they got to learn a foreign language in grade school. When I told her what that language was, she said, "Pig Latin isn't a REAL language." and started laughing hysterically. I'd been feeling very superior to my Ohio friends and was very disappointed to learn the truth.
i used to live in chile, south america and only spoke spanish so whenever my parents would try to talk to eachother in a way that i couldnt understand they spoke in English (which i didnt no til i was like 9) so i thought that evreyone could understand those words..i was so surprised when i moved to Washington, USA.
When I was in elementary school kids were offered an after school program to learn Spanish as a second language. But because they just said they had Spanish after school, I thought Spanish was like an extra help class to learn something like math.
when one of my friends was little, she just could not understand why people spoke different languages. she thought everyone thought in english and translated in their heads! how crazy! hee hee
When I was 4 or 5 I read or was told that Adam gave all the animals their names (elephant, monkey, etc.), way back when in the garden of Eden. Then when I realized that other people speak different languages and don't use the same words we do in English, I wondered where they got their animal names from-- since they didn't speak English, they wouldn't use the "official" names that Adam had invented!
i used to belive that when people would speak a different language it was cursing. one time i was walking with my mom and i hear some women speaking in another language i really thought they were going to get in a fight, i was scared.
When I was little I used to think that people who spoke a different language, were actually talking in our language, but since they were from a different country that it came out in a code.
As a kid I didn't understand English at all (I'm French Canadian). So when that little English girl asked me something (I was 4-5) my answer looked like "Aw chaw cho no wo err loo."
I really believed she would understand since it sounded English to me.
Until I saw her puzzled face...
Would be cool if it were that easy, wouldn't it? :o)
Until I saw her puzzled face...
I'm Irish when I was little I used to think I was living in England because everyone spoke English and that we had to learn Irish in school because Ireland had taken over the world, oh what a fool I was.
I was about 6 or 7 and was given a book of simple French words. I spent ages trying to work out the code which governed the translation, e.g. if hello was merci, then h=m, e=e, l=r etc. depending on where the letters were in the word. I used to make up my own languages on this basis.
I still do have too much fascination with words - I study linguistics.
It wasn't me but my grandmother used to believe that everybody spoke Catalan and Sapnish. And thus she would say things like: How intelligent the Brittish children are, they are so little and they already speak English!