10 incident linguistics

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No fun in the toilet

Once in the hotel Boston I found that there is no hair dryer in the bathroom. Discovered more than not on time – wash my head and late to meet. Out from the room with a towel on the head, I shouted the administrator to the entire corridor: "There IS No Fun in the Toilet!"Already, then it came to me that I replaced two English words at once, and finally it was clear why the administrator refused to enter into a dialogue for a long time – I demanded something toilet for fun. Katya Golikova

Two cups of tears

In the Spanish cafe I managed to order two cups of tears. "CAN WE HAVE TWO CUPS OF TEAS PLEASE?"I was happily asked the approached waiter. He first kneaded, then everything understood everything and replied: "A Lady Like You Should Not Cry" ("Lady seems to not cry"). But I needed half an hour to understand that I added an extra S to the word "tea" (Tea – "Tea", Tears – "Tears". – approx. Red.). Julia Malyhina

I work at night!

My friend worked in the USA Researcher under the contract. The language knew much worse than the subject of his research, worked a lot at night. Once he broke the floor. He went to the nearest store and for a long time demanded from the sellers "A NEW BRA". Not understanding why he winks and drag into the department of female underwear, he insisted: "I Work Night Shifts, I Work At Nights, Please I Need A New Bra Its An Emergency!"(" I work in night shifts, I work at night, please, I need a new bra!"). Sasha Kononenko

Girl with a fish tail

I once got lost in Copenhagen and for a long time to passersby with the question, where to find a girl with a fish tail: "A Woman with Fish Tail …" I didn’t know how in English will be "Mermaid". It seems that I was lucky that no one caused an ambulance! Katerina Balakina

Martini with tea

I once still could not drink on a cruise liner. We have long and persistently asked to bring us Asti, and got ice tea. I have already thought that the cruise is non-alcoholic, has not yet realized that I was "Ice TEA". Yulia Schubina

Sunday afternoon

Dinned somehow a large company in Toronto. It was hot, dinner was satisfying. After eating my friend who generally spoke in English, leaned back in the chair, rather yawned and offered others: "WELL, Would Anyone Like to Get Laid for An Hour?»Girls inquired, men rounded their eyes. I died from laughter and sympathy: two years of emigration and such a gap in knowledge! (To Lay Down – "Lunch" (after lunch); to get laid – (slang) "Have sex". – approx. Red.) Alla Bondarenko

Human meat

Lossing at Toronto Airport, I have stuck to security with the question: "I am looking for PEOPLE MEET". The airport serving, whims from horror, quietly asked: "People Meat?"(Verb MEET -" Meet ", looks like a noun MEAT -" Meat ". – approx. Red.) Natalia Belkina

These Russians

10 Incident linguistics

I have a problem with the pronunciation of the word Beer (in fact not only with him). Once I could not interrogate in English Pub Beet. Barman looked at me surprised, then annoyed, then he said, "I’m sorry, dude, but we do not hold bears here". I felt very Russian at that moment. Ilya Bric

I generally have nothing

Once at the event, where a large number of my colleagues played, I was asked in Small Talk mode: "Are You Enjoying Yourself?"I was very embarrassed, which is what you need to be self-satisfied to answer" yes "! And put to explain to the unfortunate man with fervor, that I generally have nothing to do with the rest of such wellms, and I enjoy their performances, not your! Then it turned out that this question is a form of courtesy and means not "enjoying themselves", but "just a good time". Nina Antonova

I feel bad

My husband worked for an American company. Once he got sick and wanted to get down. He wrote his boss: "I Need a Day Off Because I Feel Myself Bad". I think the chief is imbued: the employee feels not a very good person, so takes the day off. And what, respectful reason! (To Feel Bad – "Feel Bad" (Physically or Moral), to Feel One’s Self Bad – "Feel a bad person". – approx. Red.) Elena Nesteryuk


I corresponded with an American in the chat and wrote one day: "I need to do my homework". He was extremely surprised and certainly scared very much – he decided that he was rewritten with a schoolgirl, and not an adult woman. Then only we realized that I meant, of course, HouseWork (Homework – "Homework", HouseWork – "Homework"). Svetlana Mayskaya

You can find a common language with the world in different ways, but to do it with the help of the second language much easier. Learn languages ​​and do not be afraid to make mistakes. After all, the Lodir is not mistaken!

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