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I used to believe that once you learned a foreign language that when you heard it, it would translate into english. For anyone who didn't know the language it would just sound like weird words.
When I was little i used to belive that other languages have to have the same mouth movements as english and rhyme and stuff. so when we were at the mall one day I overheard a woman speaking in spanish to her husband, I said "i know what you are saying" in "spanish" but it came out as "y go but poo far playing" sadly they could speak english 2. oopsies
I used to think it was really cool, after visiting France when I was younger, that they all spoke in code (French) so suggested to my cousin that we make our own up! He was 4 years older than me and I think he realised it was French but he still played along, we still use it today- about 15 years later!
I'm bilingual, and i can speak english and spanish because my mum always spoke to me in spanish. i couldn't actually speak english for the first few years of my life, and my mum always had to translate what i was saying to my dad. i was quite frustrated that i couldn't speak to my dad so i spoke to him in what i thought was english, but it was just spanish in an english accent!! (my godmother loves telling anyone who'd listen about this story!!)
My friend convinced me he was American and i used to bug him every day - "Go on, say something in American" and he'd make up some random gibberish and I really thought he was speaking American. We're both English. I believed all the cop shows like Kojak were set in London and those were London accents.
My mother is Dutch and when I was little she would occasionally teach me words. For some reason, I was convinced she had told me that "perpendicular" was Dutch for dinosaur. I even had my own little song for it.
I used to believe, that I am able to speak every foreign language only by learning "their" alphabet.
I used to believe that a foreign language just had a different alphabet, so that all you had to do was learn the new alphabet and translate it from english one letter at a time...
when I was little, I thought that all the states were different Islands or countries. I thought that countries had differnt languages. One day, I heard about New Jersey, For a while i was thinkins what language people spoke in New Jersey
When I was five, everytime I played "karate" with my little brother we would always speak in mock-Chinese. We really thought that was how they speak it. So on the first day of school I was delighted to find a Chinese person in my class. I went up to him and started speaking in mock-Chinese. This went on for days and I thought I was making progress - until it came to a point where he was so fed up that he just walked away and ignored me for the rest of the year.
I remember when I was about 6 or 7, my older sister was in the process of committing the United States' capitals to memory for school. She asked my dad if he would help her, and so I watched and listened as they listed off what sounded like far and distant lands. I believe it was when they came to Raleigh, the capital of... one of the Carolinas?... when I asked, "Dad, what language do they speak in Raleigh?"
When I was about 5, My mom and dad took me to my grandmother's house (she only speaks spanish), So I asked my mom "How do you laugh in spanish?"
I was an exchange student in America from Germany, and in Germany they taught us that the word you use for an eraser was also called a rubber. So you can imagine my surprise when I found out another meaning for a rubber when I asked the boy behind me in my math class if I could borrow his!
When i was little, I was so jealous of people who could speak a different language. Even though i had enough with my own, I decided i was going to learn one. However, after watching tv and not being able to follow along with people and not far enough along to read sub-titles, I decided I was going to find a language most people didnt know and pretend i could speak it. I still think this is a clever idea even though i did make one mistake. I waited to hear a languge on tv and then went to my mom and said, "Mommy, I can speak ENGLISH!" Of course, she laughed and said, "I know." I kept insisting she didnt until finally i broke out in jibber jabber then saying, "There. See? There's english!"
I used to believe that to speak Spanish all you had to do was a an "o" to the end of each word.
I used to think that even people who spoke something other than English, thought in English
When I was young I thought that people from foreign countries that spoke a different language still thought in English.
i used to think that if i just said random sounds of letters to make jubberish words that i was speaking spanish. i went up to a spanish lady one time and started talking like that, thinking she would understand me, and she gave me a strange look and walked away. i thought she didnt like what i said!
My aunts and uncles used to find it hilarious that I assumed because I had grew up in Ireland that I spoke Irish. So at family parties or just in front of their mates they would ask me to "speak English" at which point I would launch into gibberish, their laughter only convinced me that I was gettting better at it!
I used to believe that if I spoke with whatever accent a language was in, I was speaking that language...