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In the childrens show "Tots TV", i didnt know what language the girl spoke (it was french). So as i kid, i thought she was just really stupid and blurted out random nonsense.
When I was young, my father convinced me that kids in France were smarter than American kids because they learned French.
I used to believe that Latin was spoken in Latin America.
i used to think that french was english backwards!
I thought all poems in all languages were written so that they would rhyme when they were translated into English.
I used to believe that when the commercial said "batteries not included" it was the commercial recited again in spanish.
When I was younger (8 or 9), I used to believe that only people who spoke English could write songs or poetry because when you translated the English words into any other language they didn't rhyme anymore.
My friend Alex went on exchange to America (from England where we live), and upon arrival in the US, he was asked by one of the students, who knew where he was from, "Do you speak English?"
Hmm.. English... England... no connection there?! Obviously not.
I used to wonder who Mazelle was, and why she was always mad. It wasn't until we had French class I realized it's mademoiselle.
i used to think that the language pig latin was called pig latin because it was used by pigs
I used to think that people who spoke a different language really had some sort of device in their ears to translate what they were saying into english.
When I was little, we had one of those potty-training books that tells the story of a little girl or boy that gets potty trained, gets their own potty, etc. The book's choice of words often confused me when I would read it because it used the word "urine" to refer to pee. I had never heard the word before, but I could tell that it referred to pee somehow. When my little sister asked me to read the book to her, she stopped me and asked what "urine" meant. I confidently told her that it was the Spanish word for pee. What a dope.
When I was 5 or 6, at my bedtime my German babysitter would play the acoustic guitar and sing a song with German lyrics.
I believed that she was just singing made up words since the only languages i knew were English and Spanish. I thought that one lyric "Schloff kindlein schloff"(not sure how to spell it) was "sloff killine sloff" and it just sounded like made up words.
When my mom was putting me to bed, I asked her if she could sing the "Slop killmine slop"(how i pronounced it) song and she was confused and had no idea what i was talking about! She thought i was just babbling nonsense!
I am russian and I moved to US not a very long time ago. But when I was little my parents tryied to teach me how to speak english and I didn't understand why they did that. I couldn't understand how someone can't speak russian because it was so easy. I thougth that people had to translate their thougth from russian to english before they spoke.
When I was small I believed that there was a secret trick to turn English into any new language, as with Pig Latin. Perhaps a more complex trick with a few new sounds, but a pattern that could be easily learned. Then I began French lessons. The first week we were told about an important "irregular" verb (etre - to be), but that most were regular. So I still expected to learn the secret trick the next week. When I discovered I would have to learn every single french word, I was surprised and immensely disappointed.
I used to think we spoke german at home because it was our own made-up language. In school we spoke english, the normal language, and other families had different languages that they had invented.
I thought all you had to do to speak Russian was add -ski to the end of every word!
I never knew until i was about 12 that African people born in England would have an English accent, or that a Spanish person could have a Chinese accent. heh
I used to think that saying "I can't speak Spanish" meant that you literally couldn't make the words come out of your mouth (something like how Jim Carrey couldn't lie in the movie Liar Liar.) I pictured people like grabbing their throats and trying to choke the words out.
Until i was in high school I always thought that sign-language was a language that was spoken (or signed) in a country some where, and that's what all spoke (signed). I always wondered how they got the attention of people that weren't looking.