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Sunday, February 8, 2015

Charming Inaccuracies

mistakes by english learners are often so adorable you just can't bring yourself to fix them


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  1. You are a real pigdog!

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    1. I don't know whether to be offended or flattered...

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  2. Oh man this is the hardest thing for me to resist as an ESL teacher!

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  3. I wonder if native speakers of other languages have the same thoughts towards learners of their language. Do my German native speaker friends think some of the things I say in German are incorrect but cute?!

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  4. Haha, we say "feet fingers" in Chinese too. 😄

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  5. The Swedish word for tissue is actually "Nose cloth".

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    1. In Finnish too. We also have "rain shade."

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  6. I showed this to my girlfriend the other day, "Look, a blog about us!"
    And she said "Lo tiene clavao." (he nailed it)

    She's Swiss and fluent in Spanish and French. I'm not very fussy about how English is spoken, so I don't correct her nearly as much as I should. And I have a feeling that her English affects mine sometimes, lol.

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    1. That definitely happens to me. I'll catch myself using her English, not necessarily because it's cute, just because I know she understands it. We have our own language actually, a mix of English, Italian, German, and incorrect variations on all of them.

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  7. My husband does the same thing ! He lets me humiliate myself in public this way because he finds it "cute" (I think he just doesn't correct me because deep inside it allows him to feel superior). It annoys me to no end -- realizing I've been making a silly mistake repeatedly for months -- if not years -- and he never bothered to tell me is not a pleasant sensation, to say the list.

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    1. *least. Gah. Lol.

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    2. In your husband's defense, I can think of a couple of reasons besides "cuteness" that he wouldn't correct you. First, maybe he feels you don't want to be corrected in public. I do, but some people don't. Second, maybe as a couple you've already developed a conversational rhythm that involves incorrect English (or whatever language), and it's just easier to speak in this shared, broken, but mutually intelligible language than correcting tiny mistakes that don't impair your ability to communicate with one another. Sometimes I'll find myself actually using my wife's incorrect English with her, because my brain knows she'll understand it. Weird how language works sometimes.

      Or maybe he just wants to be superior. Who knows?

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  8. Now lookit http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/07/25/other-names-for-things_n_5621554.html :)

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  9. I am usually too cautious with a new language to use the wrong synonym for something, but mis-pronunciation has caused me plenty of embarrassment, like failure to place the stress correctly or to properly emphasize a consonant or vowel. I identified with the soap/eggs example. The most recent example of this would be a few months ago, I had just come into work and was relieving a Guatemalan co-worker so he could go home. I asked how he was and if he was tired, and he thought I had asked him if he was married. (Cansado/casado) He still teases me about it. When I mention that someone looks tired, he lets me know whether they are single. :p

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