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when 1 was 5 i went on my first holiday abroad to spain and i thought soon as i got there i could instantly talk spanish and will come back unable to speak english

joey.k
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When I was little, I remember asking my dad why people that spoke other languages didn't just "learn how to speak normal" like we did. I thought English was the regular way to speak and other languages were just made up nonsense.

Victoria
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When I was about 5, I thought that English was the reverse reading of Turkish.

sel
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I grew up in the South of Germany, so we watched a lot of Austrian TV. Most of the time the reception was very bad, and I figured out that the different accent of the TV speakers was not due to their Austrian dialect but some result of the bad TV reception.

Stefan, Germany
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I used to believe opera singing was a language all its own.

Rachel
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When I was young I used to believe that people who spoke different languages only understood each other because they had different brains which heard the words in English

Anon
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When i was little i thought that people could laugh in different languages

Lauren
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I'm from south west wales, and here we learn and speak welsh on a par with english. Because of the interuse of both languages i would some times get confused.
For instance the word "moron" in Welsh just means a carot, so i could never understand how calling somebody a type of vegetable was insulting.

moron
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My mother once told me that Latin was just when someone in old times would stand up and blabber things that no one else understood.

Anon
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I am from Norway, and when i was a kid I used to believe thet gay people talked swedish!

Norway-Girl
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I used to believe that if an american wants to adopt a chinese baby, he got to know how to speak Chinese, in order to communicate with the baby when it grows up.

hee
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In Spanish Class in kindergarten, the Spanish teacher taught us a song about "Up and Down". The lyrics were simply "ariba... abajo...", but when he said "abajo", I thought he was saying "a bottle". I raised my hand and told the teacher that my little brother drank from a bottle. He ignored my remark, clearly having no idea what I was talking about.

Megan
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For a while I thought Anon was a name of an ancient philosopher. Probably Greek.

zeforeigner
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I use to beleive that because oui (which sounds exactly like wee) mean yes in french, that poo meant no.

Toby
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When I was younger, my parents somehow convinced me that when you felt like you had already done something before, you were having a ménage à trois, instead of experiencing déjà vu.

Haley
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I used to believe that foreigners' ears translated English words to their own language

Anon
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When I was young my uncle told me that "the Japanese read backwards" (Meaning actually that they read from right to left.) I took this to mean that to speak Japanese I just had to learn to speak backwards. Like, sdrawkcab is Japanese for backwards... I practiced for a while, then met a Japanese kid who said that's not how it works. I don't trust my uncle very much anymore. ;-)

T.J.
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I used to bekeive philosiphy was a language, because my mom tought spanish and my dad taught philosiphy, and I would ask him things like "Say (so and so) in philosiphy.

Anon
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Our French teacher always reminded us that "poisson" (meaning fish) had 2 "s"s. If we only put one "s", it was "poison". I took her literally, in that I thought if I spelled the word with one "s", the word would somehow turn poisonous. I never worked out the logistics on that.

Poisson d'Avril
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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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