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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
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.
When I was about 5, I thought that English was the reverse reading of Turkish.
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.
I used to believe opera singing was a language all its own.
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
When i was little i thought that people could laugh in different languages
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.
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.
I am from Norway, and when i was a kid I used to believe thet gay people talked swedish!
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.
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.
For a while I thought Anon was a name of an ancient philosopher. Probably Greek.
I use to beleive that because oui (which sounds exactly like wee) mean yes in french, that poo meant no.
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.
I used to believe that foreigners' ears translated English words to their own language
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. ;-)
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.
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.
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 !!