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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

When I was learning swiss, someone called and I thought they said
i ha es BOOB uberko, so this is what I told my boss, those of you who know swiss know what they would really said, to change it to german she said ich habe eine junge bekommen, or english I had a boy

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Although not a mistake as such, someone in the office went on at great length into the humour and pun potential of the verb "verlassen" which depending on context either means to leave, or rely-on. Oh how we laughed !

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When I was looking swiss, someone called and I thought they said
i ha es BOOB uberko, so this is what I told my boss, those of you who know swiss know what the would really was, to change to german she said ich habe eine junge bekommen, or english I had a boy
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Old 26.03.2008, 18:06
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When I was looking swiss, someone called and I thought they said
i ha es BOOB uberko, so this is what I told my boss, those of you who know swiss know what the would really was, to change to german she said ich habe eine junge bekommen, or english I had a boy
Bueb is dialect for young boy. I was surprised when I first heard the word used myself
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Old 26.03.2008, 22:01
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Telling a suisse romande that organic food tastes better because it contains no preservatifs:
http://www.wordreference.com/fren/preservatif
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Telling a suisse romande that organic food tastes better because it contains no preservatifs:
http://www.wordreference.com/fren/preservatif
A bit chewy with out is it?
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Old 26.03.2008, 22:16
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The first german exchange i went on with school resulted in me telling the parents of my exhange student that the reason i could not sleep the night before was because i was 'heiß'.

I now know that 'heiß' can be understood as 'horny', and considering my exchange student was a very attractive 16 year old girl with whom i was sharing a room, the father was not too impressed and made me sleep on the sofa for the rest of the week.
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Old 26.03.2008, 22:25
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My supervisor invited everyone in the lab over to his house for dinner. As we were leaving a German colleague thanked my supervisor's wife for her "hostility"
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

Since I knew "un baiser" means a kiss, I asked about "baiser en publique" one time. After a good laugh, he explained to me that the verb "baiser" means to have sex. To kiss is "s'embrasser".
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Old 27.03.2008, 18:21
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Since I knew "un baiser" means a kiss, I asked about "baiser en publique" one time. After a good laugh, he explained to me that the verb "baiser" means to have sex. To kiss is "s'embrasser".
One could also use bisou for kiss. It's safe.
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Old 27.03.2008, 18:32
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

I was ordering a piece of "trou de cru" (cheese) and it came out "trou de cul". The cheese lady asked me again, and I said it again. "Trou de cul" is a--hole in french.
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Old 27.03.2008, 19:14
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I often mixed up Kirsche (cherries) with Kirche (church) and ended up saying I wanted to buy churches and visit a cherry.
This reminds me of my funniest faux pas. I was up in the mountains and had stopped off for lunch. One hefty sausage and potato salad and copious amounts of ravella, my partner suggested we go further round the mountain as he knew of a place that did a white chocolate cake as light as air and delicious. We got to the new place and I saw on the menu what I read as Cherry Cake, so I asked for Kirsche Torte. He who knows best ordered the white chocolate cake. Next thing, he gets his delicious cake and I get a Pizza?? Work that one out? And yes... I did eat it!
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Old 27.03.2008, 21:34
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

Fortunately it was not me, but it is funny anyway: I used to work for a Swedish multinational and had to travel to Stockholm very often. My colleagues there were from all over the world living as expats there. One US guy who just moved there told me and a group of colleagues after some beers a story that has kept him busy for quite some time: He used to go to a fancy Gym+Spa. After working out in the gym, there are some girls handing you the bathrobes and towels for the spa and sauna part. He was very confused because every time the girls smiled at him and told him to "wash it good". He was really trying to work out an explanation based on cultural differences till I told him that "varsågod" means "here you are" in Swedish...
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

Had a really bad cold once and was at family gathering of husband and I said loudly to my Swiss mother in law -"Ich brauche dringend Drogen" -
I wanted to say I need some medicine quickly -but should have used the word "Medikamente" and not Drogen as the latter means drugs (ie the hard stuff)
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

I went to Migros to buy some 'window cleaner', but I couldn't really tell if the cleaner I had picked up was suitable for glass.. so I asked an assistant.. I MEANT to ask him 'can I use this to clean my "Scheibe"' (pane of glass).. but I accidently said "Scheide"..
(And ladies, when you get your hair cut, the "part" is "Scheitel" not "Scheide"!! I thought it was strange to have a hairdresser ask such personal questions..)
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

This is a great forum. Im learning German here in Zurich and am a nanny for four children. I have made my share of mistakes, trust me.`One time I was making fishsticks for the kids for lunch. One child came up to me and asked what we were going to eat. I looked at him and said `Wir haben stabchen fur mittagessen`. And he goes, HUH?

What I should have said was fischstabchen. INstead I said we were having chopsticks for lunch. They died laughing at me.
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

In my early days here I once drove across the border late one night and told the guards I was driving a stolen car. And then, when they questioned it, insisted that I had just stolen it from the airport. I even got cross with them, because they didn't seem to understand, but of course I was saying 'une voiture volee' (stolen) instead of 'une voiture louee' (a hired car).

And once, a very long time ago, I couldn't remember the french for
'pregnant' and so (in a terrible slurred drunken english accent) I told
the man sitting next to me at a dinner party that 'my wife is forbidden'
.....enceinte/interdit... that's a pretty stupid mistake.
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

It was a hot day and i said Ich bin heiss,(meaning i think i am hot as a person), I should of said ich habe heiss (meaning i am hot as in tempreture)
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It was a hot day and i said Ich bin heiss,(meaning i think i am hot as a person), I should of said ich habe heiss (meaning i am hot as in tempreture)
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

I frequently confuse Zwillinge with Zwiebeln (Asking my partner teacher "are the onions here today?").

Not to mention my confusion over the outdoor restaurant at the Bauschwanzli in Zurich...
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