Study reveals common gaffes when using a foreign language

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Werner Maurer  Identity Verified
Canada
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Spanish to English
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never gets old Oct 27, 2010

Stories like this have been coming out periodically for decades, if not centuries. And yet I never seem to get tired of them. They're always good for a laugh. Thanks for posting.

 

Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
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English to French
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Don't understand ! Jan 31, 2011

Hi,
I don't really understand what are all these said language problems.
1) Saying "je suis plein" (masculine form) or "je suis pleine" (feminine form) is very vulgar in French, whether you mean "I have eaten too much" or, even worse, "I am pregnant" if you are a woman. You must say "J'ai trop mangé" or "je n'ai plus faim".
2) What is the relation between "condom/préservatif" and "jam/confiture" ? A mystery for me.
Catherine


 

Emma Goldsmith  Identity Verified
Spain
Local time: 00:15
Member (2010)
Spanish to English
I am full Jan 31, 2011

Catherine GUILLIAUMET wrote:

"je suis pleine"


I can imagine it's just what an English person might say as a literal translation for "I am full".
Take it with a pinch of salt and have a laughicon_smile.gif


 

Samuel Murray  Identity Verified
Netherlands
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English to Afrikaans
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I can't find it Jan 31, 2011

I can't find any record of this study actually existing or being undertaken.

 

Ambrose Li  Identity Verified
Canada
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Jam and préservatif Jan 31, 2011

Catherine GUILLIAUMET wrote:

2) What is the relation between "condom/préservatif" and "jam/confiture" ? A mystery for me.
Catherine
In English, jam is also called “preserve”.


 

Catherine GUILLIAUMET  Identity Verified
Local time: 00:15
English to French
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Jam and préservatif Feb 1, 2011

Ambrose Li wrote:

Catherine GUILLIAUMET wrote:

2) What is the relation between "condom/préservatif" and "jam/confiture" ? A mystery for me.
Catherine
In English, jam is also called “preserve”.

OK, thank you. For me "preserve" meant "conserve" and was a synonym of "canned".
As a jazz fan, of course I prefer jam.
Have a nice day


 


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