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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!)
When I was a kid, I thought there was a country where they spoke Pig Latin.
I used to be 100% positive that everyone in the world thought in English. I did, so why wouldn't everyone else, right?
So, I'm at the store with my dad one day, and we stop next to a Hispanic lady who's talking to the guy with her in Spanish. I said "You think in English, so just talk in English, duh." (I was 5 or 6 at the time)
Well, the lady did understand English, and it took my dad some serious explaining to escape that situation!! :)
When I was about 6, I had no idea what a language barrier was. I imagined it as some kind of power that foreign people had, in which they used their language to form a barrier. It never occurred to me to ask someone.
I used to believe that English was the only real language and that foreign people only spoke jibbrish so that Americans couldn't understand because they didn't trust us. I also believed that animals knew english, but didn't speak around humans for the same reason. It never occurred to me that if they spoke random words, they couldn't understand each other.
Okies dokies, when I was SUUUUPERR little, I would run out in the backyard and scream "Chinese"; which for me was "CHONG CHING!" OR something like that; and I assumed everyone in China could hear me and would shout back something in "American".
I was so cool. =]
I used to belive that african was the language they spoke in all of africa
I used to believe that all languages were just jiberish and I asked my mom why they didn't use real words.
When I was in third grade, we had these planners that we wrote down our homework in every day. There was sections for math, science, social studies. And there was one labled English/Reading. I knew what it ment, but this idiot that sat next to me named John did not. My friend Elizabeth asked me what section to write down some homework we had in, and I told her English/Reading. Then John said something like, "You wouldn't put it there! We don't live in England! We don't speak English we speak American!" He denies it to this day and I still burst out laughing whenever I think about it.
When my sister and i were younger, we both tried to impress each other and our parents by speaking chinese. Of course, neither of us knew how to speak chinese, so we both started to make strange "ching, chong, chang" sounds in an attempt to sound authentic.
i'm from mexico, so i speak spanish...
when i was a kid, I used to think that arabian was spoken like spanish, but the words were written backwards !!
I thought that people that spoke different languages had psichic powers