(Closed) Killing a cow at a vegetarian's wedding (LANGUAGE BARRIERS!)

posted 6 years ago in Latino
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Oh my gosh. Too funny! Good thing it wasn’t what you thought 🙂

Post # 4
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Bumble bee

Oh my goodness! Thats adorable!

*hugs* I’m glad they aren’t making a cow for you!

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

In Spanish the verb “molestar” is used like “to bother” in English. My dad was switching from Spanish to English and accidentally told a waitress, “I don’t mean to molest you, but can you…. oh I’m sorry, I don’t mean to BOTHER you….”  It was hilarious…

Post # 6
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Funny!

I was just visiting my German friend (I dont speak German though) and we were discussing all the English phrases she learned since coming to the US. Its really funny when you look at the actual words to any idomatic expressions.

She thinks the funniest thing us Americans do is ad “ish” to something to mean about.

Now wonder you were confused, they really can be funny.

Post # 7
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

LOL, that is funny.

I had to skype a friend in Sweden because her husbands facebook status translated to “they cut out my stomach”, turns out he had a hernia.  Thank goodness that didn’t translate well and he was ok.

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

Hahaha!  That’s hilarious.  I have had language barriers from Spanish to Spanish here.  My Fiance works at a company here in CO that has a lot of janitors who are Mexican, they know that he’s the gringo that can speak Spanish so they come to him for help a lot.  Since he learned Puerto Rican Spanish there are a lot of comedies of errors of words that are innocent to them but we consider vulgar words and vice versa. 

I had told Fiance about this before but now that we are in CO he hears it on a daily basis.  For example there is one word that means “Bug (insect)” to someone from Mexico but that same word to someone from Puerto Rico means “Penis.”  There is a long long list.

Also I grew up with my mom speaking a lot of Hawaiian pidgin words and sometimes I hear them used in English and it makes me giggle.  For example there is a salsa brand name that is the same word for “breasts” in Hawaiian pidgin.  It made me laugh a lot as a kid.

Post # 11
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

Hahaha. I love translation errors. They can be so funny. Glad there’s no cow involved!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@lanalnoco:  Nice, where is here?

ETA:  Oh I just remembered another one.  My cousin was in the Dominican Republic and someone asked if they wanted to eat.  They said yea sure and then they were told they were going to have “la gata” for dinner.  My cousin thinking that they were going to serve him a cat, politely refused.  This continued for 2 days and he was starving.  But finally someone insisted they join so he did.  He went to the house all worried and found out that what they really wanted to serve him was rice and beans.  He was pretty mad that he had starved himself for three days due to a miscommunication.

 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’ve been told in my second language by less-than-fluent speakers that they have had sex with someone when they mean to say they know/are familiar with the person. I know this is true of a few languages but there are separate verbs for “to know” for people (being familiar with a person) and for things (having knowledge of a thing).  If you use the “thing” version for a person, then you’re saying you really know them…in the biblical sense.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@lanalnoco:  hahahha! I never heard that before. Where are they from?

 

@7monthbride: LOL! I can’t stop laughing! That must’ve been awkward! Where in mn are you?

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