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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.

Shannon
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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 !!

mr. L
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I thought that people that spoke different languages had psichic powers

Micah
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When i was about seven i invented my own language and said it ws from the planet Barbie (i loved dolls) I imagined this pink planet with craters everywhere and i told people that where i was from. I only remember one phrase from the Barbie language, Acaribada meaning "Where's my football" I dont know why i added that phrase to my language, i never liked football....

Mary
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I used to believe that when the commercial said "batteries not included" it was the commercial recited again in spanish.

britt
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As a child, I thought everyone else in the world was so special, because they spoke more than one language, and that english was just a made-up language having only bits and parts of other languages in it...

English, the chili of all languages.

Andreas Harris
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My parents always read the bible in english (the Authorised Version). I knew that jewish people spoke another language when they read their bible, but I used to wonder why they didn't talk like Moses, King David, or Jesus when they read.

I tried asking my dad and mum about it, but I misunderstood, and for all the years that I couldn't read, I thought my parents were reading in hebrew and greek with their eyes, but saying it in english!

Andreas Harris
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When I was young, I thought all fathers spoke german, and all mothers spoke english, but I thought they were the same language, because I understood both... one just sounded meaner! :)

Andreas Harris
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I used to think everyon ein the world spoke english in their head, i couldn't imagine anyone thinking in another language
I thought people who spoke another language (french, german etc) had to translate everything they wanted to say in their heads from english
I never understood why everyone couldn't speak english

Anon
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Never could understand, as a kid, why learning foreign languages was such a big deal. All you had to do was to work out how other people arranged their alphabets.

For instance ABC in English might be UMJ in Italian. So an English 'cab' was an Italian 'jum'. Simple!

Neil

neilmarr
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i used to think that the language in cartoons was gibrish (it was English) but it wasnt the spoken language in my country.One day i had an arguement with a boy in my class cause he told me they speak in english(HE was American)and i called him a liar.

Yossi
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i used to think that to speak spanish all you had to do was say the word with an 'm' in front of it. so to say "pizza" you would just say "mizza". if the word started with an 'm', you said it with a 'b'. where i came up with this i have no idea...

not a spanish speaker
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There is a Jordanian who owns a local restaurant/grocery close to where I live. I speak Arabic, so I like to speak it with him. He is Muslim, so I usually throw out an "As Salaam Alaikum" when I enter his store. 2 days ago, I was in a rush, so I yelled out the Arabic equivalent of "How are you?" to him instead, on my way to the back of his store. An older American couple, were in the store.

When I got up to the counter with my items, my friend said "That couple just apologized for your rudeness, & assured me that all Americans were not as intolerant as you." I laughed so hard that I cried.
The phonetic Arabic for "How are you" is "Eh, fuhkoo."

Taylor
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when i was in school i learned about the 5 romance languages, and of course i didn't pick up on why they were really called romance languages, i thought (for quite some time) that they were called that because all of those languages sounded really romantic when spoken, and of course it made sense because everybody always said that when someone spoke French, it sounded really sexy!

Kelly
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My son once told me. "Dad, I can speak spinash!". To it I replied "I speak carrot".

Anon
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When I was little, I used to believe that all the people on Earth really knew English, but invented all the different languages because everybody speaking English all the time would be boring.

Molly V.
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When I was in second grade the teacher asked everybody if they knew a foreign language. Having learned both French and Japanese as foreign languages but not knowing there was any difference between them, I spoke up and said I knew French and proceeded to count in Japanese. The teacher, who actually knew French said it was a lie, disregarded me and it hurts me to this day.

Hallie
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When I was like 5 and "got" a Mexican cousin, I thought that his tongue would actually be only able to pronounce in Spanish, but that he was in fact thinking in French (which I speak), because the one real language was French.

Mariane
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When I was younger I used to think that cities, towns, states, provinces, territories, etc. were all just different words for countries. Also, if you lived in a different country, you spoke a different language. No one knew any other languages but their own, and that's just how it was. While we were driving to visit my aunt and uncle in a nearby town I asked my dad why Aunyie Mary and Uncle Dennis didn't speak another language, them being from a different country and all. He just kind of looked at me strangely and told me that they were still in the same country as us, just in a different town. I just kind of ignored what he told me because, of course they're in a different country, and they speak a different language. I thought that since they spoke english, they were doing it illegally, so that's why I never told anyone about it again, trying to protexct them from being arrested.

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my mother tongue is not english. and at home my parents spoke this language amonst each other. me and my brother did not have a clue what was going on, but we picked it up slowly. when we didnt know how to speak it, and when we used to play mommy and daddy, we made up our own gobbledygook version and pretended that we knew what it meant and spoke it infront of our parents so they would get jealous!!

Mommy&Daddy Games
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