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