Speaking a second language is fun!
There’s a lot of embarrassing mistakes made in the process of learning however.
For example I have said these before:
a) What I wanted to say: “Does your back still hurt”?
what was said: “Does your fish still hurt”?
b) What I wanted to say: “I’ll just have one drink”,
what was said: “I’ll just drink one breast”.
Some other examples courteous of my friends are:
a) wanted to say: “My grandmother returned it”
(obachan ni modoshita)
what was said: “My grandmother pissed herself”
(obachan ni moroshita)
b) wanted to say: “Your kid is really cute”
(akachan wa totemo kawaii desu)
what was said: “Your kid is really scary”
(akachan wa totemo kowai desu)
c) wanted to say: “I want a used car”
(chuko no kuruma ga hoshi)
what was said: “I want an advice car”
(chukoku no kuruma ga hoshi)
Mutually my Japanese friends have made similar mistakes when speaking Engrish.
For example there is no vowel sound in their language for the letter “A” when pronounced in words like hat, ran, fan, sank. They usually end up sounded closer to the words hut, run fun, sunk.
So, one time (at band camp J) when I was struggling to play a song properly on my guitar my friend was laughing at me. She attempted to say “You can’t”! What she ended up saying is “You c_nt”!
I just brushed it off though. I’ve been called worse!
There will be updates to this blog.
I encourage you to continue. I want to learn to speak Japanese too.
Thank you. I’ve been living in Japan for 10 years now. I’ve got a pretty good handle on it but there are still situations where I lose the plot. 🙂