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When I was a kid, I used to think that every single person in the world spoke English...since that's how it was on television. I was flabbergasted when refugees from central America started pouring into my school and started speaking English with an impenetrable accent. Turns out they were speaking Spanish ;-)
I used to think that foreign people coughed and sneezed in a different language.
In Brazil the word "twins" is gemeos, same word for horoscope too. I saw in the newspaper I was gemeos and argue with my mom what she made with my other brother.
The Chinese language just had three words: ching, chang, and chong.
When I was about 3 or 4,I used to think that people would laugh and cry differently depending on their languages. It confused me whenmy mother would burst out laughing everytime I asked how you cried in spanish.
When I was about 5 my family went to Puerto Rico where they speak Spanish. I saw these signs that said "No Fumes" everywhere. I though this was short for perfumes and women there weren't allowed to wear it.
It wasn't until I learned Spanish that I realized it was simply Spanish for "No smoking"(pronounced no foo-mace)
My young son (now 23) when asked what language they spoke in Turkey, stated most seriously "Gobblish" (gobble, gobble)
I´m portuguese and at the age of 6, when my teenage aunt was listenning to the BEE GEES, i used to believe that Howdeepisyourlove was one single word in english, that would mean something, who knows?!
Later on ,when my english skills improved, i felt very foolish. I still laugh whenever i hear that song. By the age of 12, although my english was better, i still couldn't capture what Frank Sinatra meant by I get a kick out of you.
Many years later in our twenty's, my sister's boyfriend (not quite as good in the english department as ourselves) thought she was breaking up with him, when she wrote that in a postcard ...
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.
When i first saw the word "Czech" somewhere, i pronounced it "siz-ETCH" in my head
I was in the school of thought at the age of 4 that when foriegners spoke in their native toungue they were infact trying to speak english, but hadn't quite grasped it yet. I thought that eventually the whole world would just speak english and nothing else as they all learned it.
i used to belive that when people would speak a different language it was cursing. one time i was walking with my mom and i hear some women speaking in another language i really thought they were going to get in a fight, i was scared.
I used to believe that "Pig Latin" was an actual language that was very rude--hence the name. I thought people only spoke "Pig Latin" when they wanted to insult somebody.
when i was three, my family moved from maryland to georgia. i thought they spoke a different language in georgia and before we moved, i kept asking my mom to teach me how to speak georgian.
I used to think that if you spoke several languages, you could only do one at a time. So, if something interesting happened when you were in French mode, you wouldn't remember it if someone asked you in English. I believed this for a very long time.
When I was little my parents would take me and my brother to disneyland which is the place I learned that there are a lot of different languages by listining to people in lines waiting for rides. Me and my brother thought that we could talk to each other and would fool people that we were speaking another language. It probably sounded like "jabba habbla blah bleep". We would nod along in our conversation and thought that every one else would be trying to figure out what we were saying the same way that we were trying to figure out what they were saying.
when i was little my dad taught me some german .. i learned the word for red which is [sorry if i don't spell them right] "rot" [roht] and the word for bread which is "brot" [broht] . since they rhyme in english and german i thought you just had to know the endings of words and you could add the same letter as in english to the front! like head would be ''hot'' or said would be "sot" etc!~
I am from The Netherlands and I thought all babies were born speaking dutch, so it was extra hard for babies outside The Netherlands to learn to speak, because they would have to learn a different language. I felt sorry for them!
When I was a child I was believing that everybody who speaks other language than Turkish (my mother language) were aliens who are discovering the World...That is why they were travelling the touristic places!
I used to believe that everyone could speak and understand English, just some people spoke in different languages for fun.