eslHQ Home
User Name Password
Lost Password?
View today's posts
Search Extras Help   

Reply
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Unread Mar 14th, 2009, 04:39 pm
English-coach's Avatar
eslHQ Zealot
 
Join Date: Feb 25th, 2009
Location: In the South of Spain
Posts: 121
English-coach is on a distinguished road
Wink Most Embarrassing "Language" moment!

I'd like to see what happens here...

We all make mistakes when learning a new language, but sometimes these mistakes turn out to be quite hilarious or embarrassing. I'd like to know what has happened to you. Tell me your story.

I'll get the ball rolling.

************************************************
I am Canadian and I currently live in Spain. My moment happened when I was meeting my Spanish boyfriend's parents for the first time.

Earlier that afternoon Paco and I had had lunch at a local restaurant and we were served by an Argentinean waiter. I was pretty new to Spain and I wasn't used to his accent so I had a hard time understanding him. Anyways we had a wonderful lunch and went back to Paco's parent’s house.

When we arrived they asked us about our lunch and I was eager to tell them all about it. So in my pretty poor Spanish I explained where we went, and what we ate. I also wanted to tell them that our waiter was Argentinean and that I didn't understand him very well.

To make a long story short I made a mistake with the word waiter saying a@@hole instead of waiter. To make matters worse I repeated it like 6 times!

I didn't realize a thing because Paco's parents just smiled and nodded until Paco corrected me.

Paco didn't mention what I had actually been saying, it until much later that evening when we were alone. Needless to say, I was mortified. What a first impression!!! HAHA
************************************************

So...now it's your turn? Do you have any similar stories to tell? I think sharing these stories is a great way to show everyone that mistakes happen to everyone...and some are a bit more amusing than others!

I look forward to seeing what people post.

Cheers
Diana.
__________________
Providing a friendly face and helpful free resources on the internet for English Learners.
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Unread Mar 14th, 2009, 11:26 pm
eslHQ Member
 
Join Date: May 17th, 2008
Posts: 15
hawaiibadboy is on a distinguished road
Default Re: Most Embarrassing "Language" moment!

After a 'Sankanbi" I called a child a "Kuso-gaki" in front of 50 other mothers.
The Japanese staff had said it meant little monster.....that was not true.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

vB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

Only FREE Flashcards (5)
Totally FREE flashcards. Just Print & Teach!

Find the Best TEFL, TESL, TESOL & CELTA Certification Courses - User Submitted Ratings & Reviews for Online, Distance & Abroad TEFL Courses. Over 3,500 reviews of 100+ TEFL schools!

Teach English in Thailand - Onsite and Combined TEFL certification courses in Phuket, Thailand.


Free ESL Flashcards




All times are GMT -5. The time now is 02:57 pm.

All materials from this website are for classroom-use only. Digital redistribution of materials, in part or in whole, is strictly forbidden!

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.6.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Content Relevant URLs by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2