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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.

kim
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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.

Sickling
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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!

Clare
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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

Alanna
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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.

Asa Andersson
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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.

Confused about foreigners
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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.

Anon
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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

Daniel, from Brazil
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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

ejee_110_220
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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.

Carol K
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i used to believe all foriegn languages were greek if you learned greek you could speak them all

pappy 6 27 35
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I used to believe that all foreign languages are actually German, just pronounced backwards...wow.

Kat
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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.

Emily
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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

Minna Pöntinen
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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.

Amanda
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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.

ase
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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.

Sherry
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In Belgium, when a public holiday falls on a Thursday or Tuesday, some companies try to allocate an extra day off on Friday or Monday, thus bridging the public holiday and the weekend making an extra long weekend.
Literally translated you would hear people ask and tell each other :
"We build a bridge on Friday, do you?"
Imagine my excitement when I thought my parents were building bridges all over the country! My friends were all in awe as well!

Dominik
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Up until kindergarten I believed that English was a foreign language and that the language I spoke had no name. Once we sang a song in English then sang the translation in Spanish. After the Spanish version I announced to the teachers/class that I wanted to sing in English. When they said we already had I became very angry and started to argue. I said that I already knew what Spanish, French, and German sounded like and that no one had ever spoke to me in English. I became very concerned that people were trying to "hide" English from me for some reason. It took a few more weeks before someone figured out what I was thinking.

Catherine
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I used to believe that Latin was spoken in Latin America.

C.C.
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