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I was in the school of thought at the age of 4 that when foriegners spoke in their native toungue they were infact trying to speak english, but hadn't quite grasped it yet. I thought that eventually the whole world would just speak english and nothing else as they all learned it.
My full name is Ericka Minerva but before I came to the U.S. I was known as Minerva. Nobody had ever called me Ericka before so I wasn't even aware of this being my name. Well, when I started kindergarted, the teacher noticed that I had 2 names and wanted to know which I preferred, so she asked me, "Do you want me to call you Ericka?" I responded with "Ericka?" meaning I didn't understand what she was trying to say so she took it to mean that I wanted to be called Ericka.
So for the first few weeks I would not respond when she would call me because I wasn't aware of this being my name. She finally got frustrated and called my parents(who also didn't know that they were calling me Ericka at school) and asked them why I didn't respond to "Ericka". They finally told me that "Ericka" was also my name and to start paying attention when I heard it. Well ever since then, I have never been called Minerva anymore. Everybody knows me as Ericka and it even sounds funny when somebody calls me by my "old" name!
I also thought that people in different countries coughed, sneezed, laughed, or cried in their own language!
I ws born here in the United States but my parents are from Mexico so because of this I was taught both languages. When I was little I knew both languages fluently and being a small child, I didn't know that noth everybody spoke Spanish as well. I remember saying half
a sentence in spanish and finishing it off in english. My teachers would always get on to me because they couldn't fully understand me which was a mystery to me because I thought I was speaking only one language! I still occasionally go off in Spanish without knowing it because to me speaking English and Spanish at the same time is normal.
My father is Haitian and my mother is not. All the black people I knew when I was little were Haitian. So I used to think that all black people spoke French, and people would assume that I did because I was black.
I used to believe that people who were speaking foreighn languages were just speaking gibberish.
i used to think that when people sang in foreign languages they were just singing pretend words that they made up as they went along. i wasn't pleased, i thought i'd invented that game.
When I was six at school we had a girl from Australia join us. Being interested in animals, I wanted to know what they were called in Australian. I didn't believe her when she told me a Kangaroo was called a Kangaroo in Australian nor when she told me a Koala Bear was called a Koala Bear. I told her she was making it up and wasn't really from Australia. I am now 33.
When I was about 5 I heard someone talk French into a phone and thought that they must have some kind of special adapter for an english phone to work in french.
I used to think that foreign people coughed and sneezed in a different language.
I was so awed at meeting a real live French person who was on an exchange visit to our school that I asked him for his autograph...ouch...
I used to sing English songs in Gibberish believing that I was singing them in English...
I used to believe that you can only speak one language and didn't allow to speak another one.My language is Turkish and i worried i wouldn't have a chance to speak a foreign language.
Until the age of 7, I was convinced that everyone, despite speaking different languages, actually thought and wrote in English. When I saw a Latin inscription on one of the old Roman movies I was horrified to see that people wrote in other tongues as well. Nevermind, that must be because that was in the old days. I thus got a shock when I started French class...
At the age of four I believed I was soooo smart. I spoke TWO languages...English AND American!
I used to think that people speaking foreign languages must all be thinking in English at the same time - it never occurred to me that people could think and speak other languages without knowing a single word of English!
I used to think one word in English was another word in another language.
I.E.- cat might mean hair
I would shout random words at my sister thinking I was yelling at her in French. ::shakes head::
As a child I could never understand how kids in other countries could manage to learn their languages. I figured it must be much more difficult than Norwegian (my own language) since it sounded like gibberish.
I also wondered why not everyone could speak Norwegian, since it was clearly much easier than other languages, in addition to it being so practical since we could understand each other that way.
Later in life I attempted to study Latin. Even though I was an adult by then, I almost caught myself wondering how the hell the Romans managed to make sense of anything. I was so frustrated by the cases and lack of sentence structure, that I made up a joke theory of how the Roman empire collapsed because of confused communication.
When I was child, I used to believe that at the begining of the world, many people of each nationalitys talk together to choose a language for each one and that's because each nationalitys had their proper language.
I used to believe that if an american wants to adopt a chinese baby, he got to know how to speak Chinese, in order to communicate with the baby when it grows up.