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I used to associate certain countries with stereotypes and believed those were true in real life, not just movies. For example, i thought all germans shouted a lot and were obsessed with nazis(like in the war movies), and stuff like that.
I used to believe that to speak spanish, just put "el" in front of every word in an english sentence and it becomes spanish!
I used to think that germans had germs on them and that's why they were called that
One classmate called me a nazi once. Because of that, i believed that my german family members were nazis for a long time. They weren't.
I used to think that Italian was just english but with A and O at the end of words.
My best friend told me that when germans say nein, they are meaning the number nine. I believed this until I was 12
I used to think that German people had more germs than other people because they were "Germ"an.
So whenever I got a sticker from an employee at Walmart that has a german accent, I would get the hand sanitizer from my mom's purse and put it on my hands and the sticker and when they asked why, I would say that I do that so I wouldn't get any germs from him/her, as they have a german accent and that made me believe I would catch germs from them. I was 6 when that happened
I used to believe that people from Holland were called "Hollish", like people from Poland are called "Polish"
I was super anxious the first time my family went to a Chinese restaurant, because I thought they'd throw you out if you weren't Chinese.
I thought that Roman Numerals were still commonly used in Italy, The Vatican, and Romania. 'Cause Rome, you know.
I used to believe when ordering Chinese food the food and delivery man came from China
I used to believe that the moon was another country and that all countries were little planets.
I live in Quebec, Canada and when I was 8 years old there was the referendum and all the adults were talking about it. I thought that if Quebec seperated from Canada, they would literally take a jackhammer and detach Quebec from the rest of Canada along the border lines and we would float into the ocean.
I used to believe that everyone else on the earth was a robot, and they were only made because they needed to help me live my life, even the ones in another country, because what if I visited that country? I would always cry at night thinking, "Why do I have to be alone!?"
I thought people in Hungary were always very hungry and the people living in Turkey always stuffed themselves...
When I was young and I had a placemat of the united states, I believed that the reason there were 50 states was that in every state people had different culture, looked different, and spoke a different language.
when i was a little boy, i used to believe that the story of the Isrealites happened in heaven. i never knew, Isreal is a country in this world until i grew up to see it the map(atlas).
When I was little my Dad told me Japanese people work hard and eat raw fish called sushi. I imagined a man pulling a wriggling fish out of the ocean and biting right into it. I thought the Japanese must work so hard they have no time to cook the fish!
When I was little, my Mom told me that her grandmother was Austrian. I thought that I was Australian until I was in High School.
I used to believe that Polish people were from either the North or South Pole. My best friend is Polish and she thinks it's very amusing.