On Monday I shared three words that were the hardest for me to pronounce in Italian-not because they are difficult, per se, but because no one would correct me … “cause it was so darn cute.”
Well, you know what they say about paybacks?
He he he … . Ahem.
Many people suggest language learners should watch movies or listen to songs to increase their vocabulary, work on their pronunciation and to increase their understanding of the spoken language.
And so was the case with my husband.
In fact, he is fluent in English, can converse on any subject and can even follow two conversations at the same time-a feat for anyone learning another language.
But sometimes he makes mistakes, too. And yes, I admit … I love them.
Like him, I find his gaffes to be endearing and I’ll be sad the day he corrects them for good.
But until then, we’ll all get a little chuckle.
One of P’s original blunders comes from a long-running TV show and one of his favorite movies … Bad Boys.
You can imagine how hard it was to hide a smile as he busted a move while singing … “Bad boys, bad boys, what I’m gonna do? What I’m gonna do when I come for you?”
Other famous one-liners from movies are often injected into everyday conversations, such as …
“Peppe, do you want some more coffee?”
“No, I’ll pass,” he says. “I pass on grass.”
Or sometimes it comes out during a battle with our nine-year nephew …
“Cole,” he’ll warn him. “You are going down! Downtown to China town.”
Sometimes it isn’t a bad movie line at all, but rather a little grammatical inversion that is all the more charming.
“Cherrrrrrye,” he’ll say, with at least a dozen R’s, “Can I confess you something?”
Of course, the first time he said this fear set in, I took a mighty gulp and whispered, “Yes, go on …” afraid of what he might say. But now I know his “confessions” are nothing more than “I think the pasta sucked,” or maybe “I am so damn tired.”
And then there is my new personal favorite, a common expression learned from a movie but easily injected into everyday conversations when things don’t go his way … “Cherrye, I have shit out of luck!”
And on that note … buon weekend!
What are some of your favorite mistakes your foreign friends make in English? Please share.
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