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Making mistakes!

Postby Daichi » Tue 08.16.2005 7:48 am

While looking for information on Japanese I came across a webpage about 'Humorous Mistakes by Japanese students while studying English'.
(http://www.erdoboy.com/stuslips.htm if you're interested)

It got me thinking that, just to be fair, maybe we should turn the tables, and discuss mistakes students of Japanese have made!

I remember being told about someone who mistakenly said "Arigato" to a Japanese lady after accidentally knocking her shoe off the train platform! I'm sure people have far more interesting and amusing stories than that, so, please share...
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby dragon89 » Tue 08.16.2005 2:43 pm

I accidently said "chiisai nihongo ga warimasen" insead of "chiisai nihongo warimasu" and I mispronounced "kawaii as kowaii" once. Both of those to an exchange student.
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby skrhgh3b » Tue 08.16.2005 11:07 pm

you also said "insead" instead of "instead." eheh.

you'll make lots of mistakes as a learner, and unfortunately, some of them will be a little embarrassing. i once said a cake looked interesting (omoshirosou) instead of delicious (oishisou) during an oral exam, which elicited quite a lot of laughter from my former japanese professor. but my favorite mistake was when i coined a new word by saying "itadama" instead of "tadaima." my japanese friend thought this was so funny, she won't let it go....
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Kates » Wed 08.17.2005 9:33 am

dragon: "Chiisai nihongo" is still wrong. >_< 'Chiisai' means 'little' as in size only. To say "a little bit" you should use 'sukoshi': Sukoshii nihongo ga wakarimasu.

The mistake I made that I remember most was when I said "ITEE" instead of "ITAI" when I was hurt once. I was with a bunch of older Japanese ladies and they laughed so hard at me. ): It discouraged me from talking Japanese around them anymore... which is even more embarrassing to admit. -_-

My biggest language mistake was in Spanish class, though, in high school. >_> I once wrote "Tengo mierda" on a test instead of "tengo miedo"... *wonders if anyone gets it*
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Daichi » Thu 08.18.2005 5:08 am

Kates,
As far as I was aware itee and itai are interchangeable.
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Harisenbon » Thu 08.18.2005 8:12 am

Kates,

It's funny not because it's wrong, but because it's very japanese. いてぇ is a stronger form of いたい that used in speach. It's a kind of slang.
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Kates » Thu 08.18.2005 8:55 am

Oh I know they mean the same thing... just 'ITEE' coming out of the mouth of a young woman sounds really weird to four 50yr old Japanese ladies. :P I probably had picked it up from watching too much "Inuyasha" and just ended up blurting it out when I hurt myself. ^^; Typically, only boys (and very 'boyish boys') use ITEE and SUGEE (sugoi) and SAMEE (samui), right? Ah well... I can laugh about it now. ^_^
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Mukade » Mon 08.22.2005 11:00 am

My first Japanese teacher told me she was from Nara, after which I promptly responded:

Aa, soo desu ka? Onara wa doko desu ka?

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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby sick_puppy882 » Sun 09.11.2005 2:35 pm

I once wrote "Tengo mierda" on a test instead of "tengo miedo"... *wonders if anyone gets it*

LMAO, O.K that was hilarious ... ;)
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Gaijinian » Sun 09.11.2005 10:11 pm

My Japanese teacher was talking to a group once, and she said:
(Talking about adult):この人は小学四年生です。
The crowd started laughing (kids, mostly), and she corrected herself:
この人は小学四年生を教えています。

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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Kates » Sun 09.11.2005 10:27 pm

~(^o^~) sick_puppy! Hahaha... I doubt she believed my excuse, but my teacher was smiling when she asked me if I knew what I had written. ^^;
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RE: Making mistakes!

Postby Spaztick » Mon 09.12.2005 12:20 pm

Mukade wrote:
My first Japanese teacher told me she was from Nara, after which I promptly responded:

Aa, soo desu ka? Onara wa doko desu ka?

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