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I am no way in a position to make fun of the mistakes non-native speakers make in English; I barely got to grips with German, and my Spanish is still pretty basic. But the other day, a guy I was talking to made such a funny mistake, that I found it very, very hard not to let the giggles take over. I gritted my teeth, smiled with closed lips, tried to stop my shoulders jiggling, and waited for the next intentional smile-worthy thing he said to let out a chuckle. We were talking about crime in some Mexican town I forget the name of. He told me, “it’s very bad: lots of stolen cars, burglaries, and napkins.”

Written by Craig

January 7th, 2011 at 7:22 am

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  1. On a similar note, my Hungarian friend Maria, was having trouble describing an insect. In her frustration she said,”you know… a honey bug” From then on that became her nick name

    Peter

    7 Jan 11 at 12:43 pm

  2. I once had trouble finding the word “parrot” and tried to describe it with the words “monkey” and “pigeon.” In a Venn diagram, it works, I think. One circle is birds, the other is jungle.

    Craig

    7 Jan 11 at 1:00 pm

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