Embarrassing New-Language Moments
Time to have a laugh -- at our expense! :)

Have you ever said something very wrong in your target language -- without meaning to, that it caused offense or was taken into an embarrassingly different context?

Has anyone made an attempt at speaking their newly-learned language on you that meant something questionable?
Jun 17, 2020 7:37 PM
Comments · 21
For the first few months that I lived in Mexico, I repeatedly used the word "horny" instead of "hot" when talking about the weather in Spanish.
After telling the 30th person that "Today is a very horny day!", they finally corrected me.
Being able to laugh at yourself makes learning a language much easier, haha.

June 17, 2020
Working as waiter on a cruise-ship I had to order a steak to the kitchen ... I shouted ...can I get a <em>stick</em> ?... what ?? a stick, I repeated while the guys at the galley burst out laughing.
June 18, 2020
The translator told me that "study bully " means someone who's excellent in study. So I used it on an American girl one day to praise her ,but then she thought I said that she was a bully and got angry... So don't believe everything the translator says...
June 18, 2020
I'm too embarazada to say.
June 18, 2020
Hi, everyone. I remember a rather embarrasing moment from my past. When I was 16 , I was sent to study in the UK for a year. As my language skills were quite poor, the first two weeks were a nightmare. I was listening to native speakers and picking up new vocabulary. There it was , the new word "crap" , frequently used by my new teenage friends. So when invited to dinner by the headmaster I used "the new word" instead of the old "bad". By the facial expressions of everyone there, I realized what a big mistake I had made. Nobody said anything, they pretended everything was ok, but you should have seen their faces)))) Well, since then I've always double checked the meaning of new words. We learn from mistakes, what can I say...
June 18, 2020
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Language Skills
English, French, German, Ukrainian
Learning Language
French, German, Ukrainian