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I once asked a teacher why a song that rhymed in French and Spanish also rhymed in English. He said they all did that. I thought he meant that everything that rhymed in one language rhymed in every language...which seemed very weird.

Rick
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I always thought "amscray" was a foreign word. My Dad would use that to tell us to get out of the car and I thought it was some kind of foreign word for "get out". I was in college before I figured out it was pig latin for "scram".

julie
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When I was about 7 years old, my family and I were going to take a trip to Finland and Sweden. I knew they didn't speak English there, but, for some reason, I believed that their laughter would sound different than mine, as they would laugh in a foreign language!

Kristin G
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I once tried to convince people I could speak Chinese by talking random giberish and telling them it was Chinese

Anon
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My maternal grandparents are Russian immigrants, but we all live in an English-speaking country. They would babysit me when I was little, and they would speak Russian to me all the time. As a result, I understood both English and Russian, as does my mother. But for the first few years of my life, I didn't understand that they are different languages, and sometimes I'd talk to my father in Russian and think he was stupid for not understanding

Anon
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I used to feel bad for people who spoke in other languages. It would be so much easier for them to not have to memorize all of that jibberish.

Klayne P.
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I used to believe that everyone in the world understood english, but that people in foreign countries had to hear something in their own language first, then they translated it into english in their head... yes, I was a strange kid.

Emma B
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i used to believe that foreign languages consisted of swapping each letter of the English alphabet with another - so A in English would be F in French, etc then later I became a language teacher

yeah really

Katie
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I used to believe that everyone could speak and understand English, just some people spoke in different languages for fun.

Gesikah
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I used to believe that cats and dogs in foreign countries would bark and miaow in a different langauge, I also used to make occassional attempts to emulate the sounds they might make.

Sam B
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