Hi everyone! What's your funniest moment in learning a new language? :)

Elf
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Learning a new language is very interesting and funny at the same time.

Charlyn Amoin

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Charlyn wrote:
Learning a new language is very interesting and funny at the same time.

I know. I always laugh in your class. I mostly laugh about my own mistakes. How is it funny for you?

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Ranger
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I use to make up words...anything that ends in tion in English sounds right

-Ari-

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Elf
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Well, it's funny in a good way because teaching-learning process have to be interactive somehow. It's good to teach with plenty of fun, smiles and laughs if needed. :). I have my own mistakes though. :) so I laugh at it. :)

Charlyn Amoin

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Elf
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Wow Ari! That sounds funny and interesting! :)

Charlyn Amoin

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Elf
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There are several ways that Vietnamese ask "How are you?" or make general observations about your well-being. 


One fine day, my Vietnamese tutor and I ran into each other, and he just said in Vietnamese, "You look fat". I was about to punch him in the face, when I realized, what he meant was, I look well. 


Another day, my Vietnamese tutor and I ran into each other, and he asked, "Have you eaten yet?". For a short moment, I thought he really wanted to know about my lunch, and was about to regale him with tales of my amazing lunch, and then I realized, he was asking "How are you?"


One other time, once again, my Vietnamese tutor and I ran into each other, and he asked, "Where are you going?" I pointed to a building and walked away. It was probably about 3 mins later that I realized he didn't want to know where I was going, he was asking, "How are you?"


So, don't punch a Vietnamese for calling you fat. And no, they don't want to know if you ate, or where you are literally going. They just want to know how are you.


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Elf
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Wow! That is really funny and sounds very interesting! :) I don't have any knowledge about their language but you just give very important insights on how to deal and react with some specific words. Thanks! :)

Charlyn Amoin

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Elf
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I always find it funny when I come up with a word that's mix of my native language and english.


For example, once I had couple people look for directions and I tried to explain to them. But instead of saying "stop lights" I said the macedonian word for it and added -s at the end for plural....they looked surprised and then I realized I just invented a word :D 



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Elf
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I’m African and we have different languages here, the funniest part is when one language means girl and the other means goat. Lol

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Elf
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Hi Dragonsky! Yes, it sounds so funny. :)

Charlyn Amoin

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Elf
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It's so funny, lol

Charlyn Amoin

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When I was starting in the BPO industry, I always practing speaking in english in front of the mirror. Sometimes someone will caught me doing it and I can see a confused look on his/her face. 

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Ranger
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same here haha its mandatory in our training

do the right thing even when nobody is watching

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Elf
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Hi Frederick! Same here before, hahah. But I just do it inside my room and no one caught me.lol

Charlyn Amoin

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Elf
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Hi Michell! Yes, same here before. We don't have a choice! lol 

Charlyn Amoin

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Charlyn wrote:

Hi Frederick! Same here before, hahah. But I just do it inside my room and no one caught me.lol

I was so eager to be confident and natural in speaking in english, everytime I see a mirror and thought I was alone... haha

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