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Foreign language boo boos

What have you accidently done, due to language misunderstandings.
11 years ago, July 11th 2009 No: 41 Msg: #79194  
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Haha, just like Basil Fawlty :D

Minimal pairs in French get me like that some times, like I've probably asked for poison rather than fish a couple of times before, and once made an awful faux pas getting "cou" and "cul", neck and backside, mixed up (the L in "cul" is silent so they're just a slight vowel shift apart)
The one like this that's always waxed about here is that the polish verb for "to look for" is identical to a considerably more unpleasant verb in czech.. poor Poles must innocently make that one a lot. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 23rd 2012 No: 42 Msg: #156600  

When Francois Hollande appointed Jean-Marc Ayrault prime minister of France last Tuesday, news of the new PM's name rippled through the Arabic-speaking world.
The pronunciation of the prime minister's name, it turns out, "refers to the male sexual organ in several Arabic dialects."

From Jean-Marc Ayrault's Name In Arabic Creates Awkward Situation

One has to wonder why this is such a big deal, when there are so many called Dick and Willy, in the English speaking world. 😉
[Edited: 2012 May 23 16:04 - Mell:49612 ]
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8 years ago, May 23rd 2012 No: 43 Msg: #156602  
what is funny about Holland is that we used to call Sarkozy and Merkel Merkozy. We now call Holland and Merkel, MERDE which mean shit in french. Reply to this

8 years ago, May 27th 2012 No: 44 Msg: #156835  
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The US tourists with their fanny packs amuse me, especially when they look at you in horror when you ask if they have their thongs (flip flops) on and are ready to go and watch a football match. Still giggle everytime I hear someone say they want to come to Australia and come to the race track and root for my horse......I think they may get arrested if they did that on course. Reply to this

8 years ago, June 1st 2012 No: 45 Msg: #157061  
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LOL My daughter gets mad at me for calling flip flops thongs. But that is what I grew up calling them. Reply to this

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