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I'm not sure the clearing of the throat was required there.....

LMAO!! Love it....
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

its not the mistake that i made while learning a language but ya made with another language (hindi). I come from Punjab (north of India). So Punjabi is my mother tongue . Once I was telling my friend (where local language is hindi) about a incident in which i was served pickle (pronounced as achar in punjabi as well as in hindi but "r" is rather almost silent) when i asked for tea ( pronounced as cha in punjabi). we were sitting in canteen and while telling him all about this I ordered a cup of tea by ordering as "cha" being in habit of speaking punjabi (tea is called chaye in hindi) and the funniest part was that the guy came with pickle (achar) while i was telling my friend this similar incident that happened to me before.
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So do most boys
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In my first week in Paris, equipped with extremely rusty school French and before I'd even had chance to find my way around the place, I was asked to give a lift to a Frenchman who had about 2 words of English.

"Est-ce que je vous dérange?" (lit: "Am I disturbing you?", better translation "Am I taking you out of your way?"), he kept asking while I was driving and trying not to get lost.

I kept saying "No", but that didn't seem to work, so eventually I said "Yes".

Yep, there I was ferrying Marcel Carné (as famous in France as Alfred Hitchcock in the UK), and I was saying that he was indeed "disturbing me".

Oh Dear.
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So do most boys

Very True..... "so Ive heard"
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

I always struggle to keep up with my daughter and her friend when they chatter away in german. We were having lunch, and they were whispering and giggling and looking at me. So I said, 'Ich bin nicht interessant' trying to say I am not interested in what you are ssaying. But instead saying, I am not interesting. I said it so proudly as well!

I hate reflexiv verbs!
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Old 16.04.2008, 00:34
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

My first year in Turkey, I learn a lot of vocabulary from my students. It was very nice and easy to learn with them.

The problem with Turkish, at the beginning, it's easy to make some mistake with the prononciation, and you get a complet different word.

So we were out with some friends and their familly, and I was talking about my day at work.

I used a new word from my students; sikildim means bored
(Without the dot on the i, it pronounce kind of sakaldam )

I said: Çok sikildim!!!! I wanted to say I was very bored

But my mistake was the way I pronounces it.... seekeeldeem!!!

I actually said I f**ked a lot!!!

No need to tell you how I was ashame...
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

Well so far, my "mastery" of the German language has had me walk into a woman's change room at a Fitness club in Zürich...

I also was trying to speak to my wife in German (she is from Germany) and I thought I had asked her "What do you want me to put in your salad?" but I REALLY asked her: "Do you want me to walk through your salad?"

Now this one isn't Swiss but it is still on topic: One of my friends from England who is living in Sweden had introduced his wife to his neighbors in Swedish and actually ended up saying "Hi this is my petrol station Mia."

hehehehe

The best of all is also from my English mate in Sweden..... He MEANT to tell his neighbor "I had to go to the hospital to get checked" What he REALLY said was "I had gone to the hospital to get ****ed." So his neighbor giggled and said "I should get sick and go to this same hospital!!

This is classic comedy and it is a great source of laughs and stress relief to me. Honestly, a comedian couldn't make this golden stuff up if he wanted to!! It is so absurd.

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

Great thread, have to share in.

1. Answering the seemingly innocent question "What did you do this morning?" with "Well, first I had a douche...wait no...".

2. Trying to ask my Chinese friend to teach me how to make Chinese food, and pronounce it like "You called me little boy"
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

A few years ago woke up with terrible pains in my private area (renal stone, worst pain I've ever endured). I stumbled to the doctor as soon as he was open and explained I was in pain. The cute young nurse asked me where my pain was so I said "meine Eier! meine Eier!" (lit: my nuts/balls!). You can figure how embarrassed I was afterwards when I found out the proper word would have been "Hoden" (testicles). Funny in retrospect though.
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My husband is Dutch, and so over the years I've learned a smattering of Dutch words.

In the Netherlands, split pea soup is called Erwtensoep, pronounced somewhat like "ertensoup". I am always transposing letters and pronounced it as "ettersoup", which, roughly translated would be "pus soup." I'll never live that one down.
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

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My husband is Dutch, and so over the years I've learned a smattering of Dutch words.

In the Netherlands, split pea soup is called Erwtensoep, pronounced somewhat like "ertensoup". I am always transposing letters and pronounced it as "ettersoup", which, roughly translated would be "pus soup." I'll never live that one down.
Next time try calling it "snert" (pronounced snairt), it's the same thing as erwtensoep and perhaps easier to pronouce.
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

Haha top thread.

When I had been here for 1 month I said "dir gefällt mir" instead of "hier gefällt mir" when asked how I was enjoying the area - to a much older colleague.

Hahaha..
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A few years ago woke up with terrible pains in my private area (renal stone, worst pain I've ever endured). I stumbled to the doctor as soon as he was open and explained I was in pain. The cute young nurse asked me where my pain was so I said "meine Eier! meine Eier!" (lit: my nuts/balls!). You can figure how embarrassed I was afterwards when I found out the proper word would have been "Hoden" (testicles). Funny in retrospect though.
lol-tastic
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Next time try calling it "snert" (pronounced snairt), it's the same thing as erwtensoep and perhaps easier to pronouce.
of course then I'd probably say snort. But seriously, isn't snert used more commonly in Friesland?
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

When one of my friend's MIL (who is Italian) came to visit him in Lausanne, she asked him how to thank people in the shops. He said 'Merci beau cul' instead of 'Merci beaucoup'.

The MIL happily went around thanking everybody with 'Mercy beau cul' until my friend's wife spotted it and asked who taught her that. The innocent MIL said that it was my friend who kindly did so.

Guess what, my friend walked with a tilt for the next few days
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I should have mentioned that 'cul' apparently means 'ar*e' in French
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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".
I did exactly the same one on a French exchange many years ago. The game was that the English kids would stand in front of the class and be asked questions in english by the French kids, which the English kids had to answer in french. I was already reasonably fluent in spanish, having grown up in S. America, and a bit of a swotty kid, so I was fielding a lot of questions, as my french was already pretty good.

One kid asked me whether I had noticed any real difference between the English and the French. I loudly pronounced that, "Les Anglaises ne baisent pas dans la route quand ils se rencontre comme les Francaises."

You could have heard a mouse fart.

In my defence, Spanish for to kiss is besear, and I have been told that it can mean this in French, but really only in religious texts and suchlike. Baiser is actually rather stronger in translation to english than "To have sex." it is more like "To ."
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

Not really a language learning one but anyhow. When I was working in a restaurant once I had this woman ask me for a fork and knife. I was suprised how rude she was but said nothing and brought her a knife. Her husband thought it was hilarious. I only worked out why later.
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Re: Funniest mistake YOU have made when learning another language?

I was in Spain a while ago and was very tired from the long train journey. I wanted to find out how to get to the metro from the train station, so I went up to some poor Spaniard who was standing around and asked her "Pablo Espanol?". Yes, I am an idiot.
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