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I used to believe that different languages just swapped letters round, like these for example:
English = French
B = D
H = R
i thought that (when i was little) the French used numbers instead of letters to spell things!!!!!!!!!!! CRAZY!!!!!!!!!!!
I speak French and my sweet little sister, always trying to impress me, announced proudly that she could also speak French and spoke for the rest of the day in English but with an outrageous French accent, insisting that this was proof she was fluent.
When my husband applied for his first job when he was around 15 or so...
The application asked if he spoke a foreign language he put Enlgish. He got the job, I'm assuming because he made the interviewer laugh so hard when he read over the app. I asked him why he would put that. He said well I of course speak Amerian because I live in America & I took English in high-school so at the time it made sense. He also trys to play it off that he was nervous as it was his first job interview. Now when he mumbles something & I can't understand him...I'll ask him to let me know if he's speaking American or English so I can translate it as I am not bilingual.LOL!
I used to believe that all languages were just jiberish and I asked my mom why they didn't use real words.
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 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 used to believe that people from foreign country laugh in foreign language. As well as German dogs bark in German language.
When I was younger, I used to think there was only so much space in your brain, and once you'd learnt too much of one language, you'd forget another language. (I grew up learning both English and Norwegian and was afraid of learning too much, cos then I'd start forgetting things) I used to think the brain couldn't fit more than two languages at most.
Imagine my surprise when I went on to learn three new languages and realised neither English nor Norwegian were squeezed out of my brain.
since I live in CANADA i used to think that every country had two offical languages and that every primary school student had to lear both of them like I had to learn french and english.
When I was about 7 or 8, I thought I could speak every language in the world...and I told my parents this and I thought that they believed that I could...I would pick up the phone and talk different languages to the dial tone, thinking people could here me and they would talk back...Now I was extremely shy at this age, so whevever we went to a foriegn resturant my dad would threaten to tell the waiter that I could speak his language...so after about 2 months of that, I stopped. Parents ruin everything...
one day me and my big sister were trying to act all superior to my little sister. we told her "well WE know english and you dont!" my younger sister replied "yeah i do! ludigong lsuivnd ghusd hfhfu ljkdg. see?"
when i asked my parents what a foriegn word meant, and they told me the english translation, i used to be so utterly conflused as to why they didn't just say what they meant rather than creating a new "foreign" word
I am German and when I was about 6 or 7 I learned a few English words like mom and dad (my first complete sentence was daddy go to bed)-well besides the point. For a very long time I believed that German was the only correct way of saying anything and foreign languages were just for people who were to stupid to learn German...I gave up that believe when I told my dad about a week after I first had that though....he actually kinda got mad at me.
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.
I used to believe that everyone in the world thought in English, some people were just able to identify with other languages as well.
I used to believe that english was the only real language and all the others were just made up after.
i used to think that if i just said random sounds of letters to make jubberish words that i was speaking spanish. i went up to a spanish lady one time and started talking like that, thinking she would understand me, and she gave me a strange look and walked away. i thought she didnt like what i said!
I used to believe, that I am able to speak every foreign language only by learning "their" alphabet.
When I was at kindergarten age I used to believe that my native language (Bulgarian) was the chief one from all, because expressions from any other language could be translated in my motherly. That was patriotic... :)