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I am from The Netherlands and I thought all babies were born speaking dutch, so it was extra hard for babies outside The Netherlands to learn to speak, because they would have to learn a different language. I felt sorry for them!
I used to believe "In A Gadda Davida" was In the Garden of Eden. Actually, I still don't know what In a gadda Davida means or if I'm even spelling it right!
My daughter thought that the Spanish Christmas song, Feliz Navidad was Denise, La di da!
Until about 2nd grade, I thought they spoke Spanish in China.
I used to believe that I HAD to make up my own language and teach it to everyone. I was soo weird.
I used to believe that "trois" was spelled "twa."
I used to believe that the whole world spoke the same language- English.
When I was about two or three, I used to believe that EVERY country in the world had its own language, that one language, and everyone in the country knew no other language...unless of course, they learned another one in school.
So one day, I was watching something on TV about England, and my dad asked me if I'd ever want to go to England, and I declined. He asked me why, and I replied, "Because I don't know the language!" As a toddler, though, I didn't exactly make the connection that "England" and "English" sounded alike.
I thought that the word 'chicanery' was a racist slur against Mexicans until I heard it pronounced. Then I looked it up and realized it was a French word.
I thought that people who spoke a different languages were aliens.
This one is not me,but someone else who was not at all literate in the French language.He went to a city where French was spoken.He was trying to inquire about ownership of certain fixed assets.But the answer he got from passers by was always,"je ne sais pas" (I don't know).
He concluded that Mr. "je ne sais pas" must be the wealthiest man ever.He owned everything from cars to hotels to to every home he saw.
He really used to believe that.
My son who is 5 thinks that any other language other than english is spanish, i was getting a peticure and the lady who was giving it to me was speaking chinese, my son loudly advised me that the lady is speaking spanish. She asked him how old he was and he looks at me and said can you tell that lady i do not know spanish. But to impress her he started counting to 10 in spanish lol.
When I was a kid, I used to believe that if you knew a language, it would sound like English if you heard it. IE, whenever I heard people speak another language, I thought to them it sounded like English.
When I was about 5 years old, I used to think that I can speak English simply because I spoke French with a thick English accent (or well as it could have sound in my ears at the time) Since my mother tongue is French I was really proud to say I could also speak English...
I used to believe my nieghboor jose invented the language spanish and he got rich and bought cars
i used to believe that cursive writing was a secret language that only grown-ups could understand.
When I was little (1-5), I had a babysitter who would always write in these squiggly lines (now I know it to be cursive). I always thought that she wrote in her own different language, and was astounded when other people could read her writing.
I used to think that in every language other than english, there was a key. like, "a" was "e" in spanish, "a" was "o" in chinese, and so on. so i always wondered why i had to learn the language while i could just print out the sheet with the key on it. i didnt notice that in some languages words were longer than in english.
When I was little I always thought when Asian people spoke their language I always though they added more to the sentence than it actually was.
When I was young, my mom would make "au gratin" potatoes. I always thought she was saying "og rotten" potatoes. I always wondered why something rotten tasted so good.
When I was little, my mother convinced me that putting 'el' in front of a word made it Spanish. (El I el was el easiy el fooled!)