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i used to belive that a german sheperd dog could only understand german and , chows could only understant chinese. so you could imagine my confusion when we got a mixed bread dog(german sheperd?chow). i cried and was upset for about a month thinking that my dog would never understand what i said to him.i soon got over this when i told him to sit down and he did.(then again i also thought that i had just invented a new language.
One day, a teacher of mine told the class that she overheard a couple with a newborn talking about the baby.
She told us the mother said, "I'm glad we're not Chinese."
The father goes "Why?"
The mother says, "Because if we were, we would have to teach the baby Chinese."
The father believed the mother.
Wow. That. Is. Sad.
I used to tell my brother I spoke this foreing language which was very hard (I made it up as I went) and he actually believed me for a long time!
when i was real young and stupid, i used to think that the only reason people spoke different languages is because they couldn't say all of the english words right.
When i was a little girl , my mother asked me if i wanted to go on holday to france. i was very excited because i thought i knew the language because we had french place mats at the table. However i was hugely mistaken when i got to france and ordered an ice cream my mother said "well say thank you dear" not knowing what to say i replied "thankqwaa" . My mother was morified..the french man laughed lol.
When me and my brother were little we sometimes used to pretend we were foreign and speak random gobbledegook to each other - usually in the middle of a shopping centre or other public place. Our mum must have been so embarrassed!
Just this past summer I was visiting my father for acouple nights . We were at his girlfriends house and i was swimming with her children (Jamie 11 and Luke 9 ) (Im 13 by the way)...I told Jamie that my friend Amanda could speak swahili she was amazed and asked how I knew this .I told her that my friend had taught me some and asked if she wanted to know how to say something . She said yes immediatley and so i told her that mwa-haggi meant hello . She believed me and still does ( I never told her I was joking ) lol
When I was young and I saw a sign with the words "Newly Wed" I didn't understood what it was saying.
In sweden we call it "Ny-gifta". "Ny is like the english word "new", but the other part "-gifta" is not like the english word "married". In Sweden "gift" is the same as poison.
So when I saw these signs of "Newly Wed" I thougt that somebody have spread poison all over the area infront of the sign.
As a child, I believed that foreign languages were just random babble, like baby-talk, that some adults spoke in because they had never learned to speak properly. I remember feeling sorry for them, never learning such basic stuff. I figured that maybe they were just "mentally challenged" or something. It always confused me, then, that they seemed to understand each other perfectly. Maybe they had telepathy or something to compensate for their defective speech patterns. I thought that this sounded pretty cool, and envied them in this aspect. I was an odd kid.
When I started learning to speak German (it was the only foreign language offered at our high school bvesides Spanish) I got a book from the library the summer before, so I could learn a few words. I told one of my friends, and we decided to tease our other(very gullible) friend. For some reason we started called her 'kugelschreiber' (ball-point pen) and for several weeks she believed that it was some kind of obscenity.
When I was a child I couldn't understand how a radio made in Japan could play songs in portuguese ou english. If they are made in Japan, so they should just be able to play japanese songs
Ok. When I was 3 or 4 I used to believe I could speak Indian when I moved my head to right and left with a lot of rrarrbrrnrr
My brother took french all through high school and at a local university in the summers. One time at the end of one of the summer classes they were going to have a class party and everone was asked to bring one item. They asked my brother to bring some baguettes. He replied "bag-ettes of what?" Luckily, he says, they thought he was just joking, so he laughed along with them and asked our mom what they were later.
i used to believe all foriegn languages were greek if you learned greek you could speak them all
I used to believe that all foreign languages are actually German, just pronounced backwards...wow.
When I was really little, just learning to write letters and read I used to think I was very very privelaged. This was because I always saw people of other colors or cultures talking other languages and I thought they were too stupid to speak English. I used to pride myself in being smarter than the foreign people that only spoke gibberish.
My father started to teach me English when I was about four or five years old. I could already read and write Finnish - my first language - and I was picking up English quite fast - in the speaking department, that is.
When my father wasn't watching, I tried to write down some English words. I just didn't realize that in English words aren't spelled the way they are spoken (as opposed to Finnish). This is the way I jotted down some of the words:
A bird = ö bööd
A cat = ö khät
A girl = ö gööl
When me and my sister were younger my mom told us that people that lived in the Bahamas spoke Bahamanese. She also told us that fish from China because they were slanted eyed.
My family speaks German, and as a child I didn't grasp the concept of foreign languages. So when I first heard my aunt's husband, who was from Hungary, say a German word (as opposed to some Gibberish I couldn't understand), I exclaimed: "Look! Uncle Georg can speak!"
I still hear this regularly from my relatives.
When I was a little girl, all of the older members of my family spoke the language of their home country. I used to think that when you got old, you automatically knew how to speak Yiddish.