A lot of things can go wrong when you visit another country, according to a documentry I saw recently called 'Hostel'. I'm not talking about unimportant stuff like being tortured and killed, I mean the REALLY horrible crap like accidentally calling a waiter your boyfriend. It might not have been a pleasant experience for them, but thankfully we can enjoy the stupidest comments that the forum goons have come out with while in the
company of foreigners. Let the embarrassment begin!
A mistake my teacher made while at WalMart: As he explained it, in his mind, one add "er" to the end of a verb to make it a noun that does the verb. For example, (verb) hang + er = hanger (noun that does verb), or sing + er = singer. You get what I'm saying. Well, he needed to "hook" something. So he asked a WalMart employee (and knowing him) very politely asked where if they had any hookers.
Last year on a vacation to Cuba I rented a moped and managed to break it. When I returned it to the rental place I used my awesome high school Spanish to say I was 'embarazado' about what happened, meaning to say embarrassed. Turns out 'embarazado' means 'pregnant'. I'm a guy.
The only thing I can think of was when I was in my German class and we'd been having a heatwave. I said "Ich bin heiss" (meaning "I am hot"), which made my teacher laugh.
Apparently, saying "Ich bin heiss" is one way of saying "I'm horny" in German.
We had a guest speaker in my Spanish class last year, and a friend of mine began a question with "Escupeme" meaning "you spit on me," instead of "Disculpame", meaning "excuse me." The guest wasn't offended, but the teacher and a few of the students burst into laughter. Good times.
I replaced "Il faut baisser la tete?" with "Il faut baiser la tete?" Much laughter ensued on my pitiful French 1 skills. 5 years later and I like to think I'm a little better.
"Il faut baisser la tete?"- Is it necessary to lower your head? Meaning: Do I need to lower my head? This was in reference to skiing.
"Il faut baiser la tete?"- Baiser is the French verb "to kiss." It also carries several other...uh...slang meanings. I basically said "Do I need to fuck my head?".
We clear up the BREXIT for confused Americans wondering why the global economy is collapsing this time.
BEEP! BOOP! ZAP! Video games aren't for my dad anymore! Because he's dead.
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