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What's the funniest English?

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Vietnam
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When I first started talking with my fiancee on the phone, she was always talking about "logging" so much. Seems like she was always doing some logging, sometimes BIG logging. I was thinking, man, they must be clear-cutting the forests of Vietnam at a tremendous clip (pun intended).

I soon realized it was her mis-pronouncing "laughing"--which she does a lot--even today in these DARK TIMES.

Somebody tell me a funny story, please?

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Filed: Country: Vietnam (no flag)
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Someone I know (I won't name names because it may come back to haunt me) has it set in their mind that there is going to be a Weeding on March 2nd. This person also refers to a laptop as a toplap, or a loptap. I think it's great actually.

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I was at a (work-related) conference in Tanzania a long time ago. The conference attendees were from different countries. The last couple of days of the conference, we were taken on a safari (yay!). We were all just overwhelmed by the experience. One particular delegate from an Asian country was so fascinated by the number of Zebras. Each time we saw a herd he would say "Oh, Djebras!" or "There, more Djebras!". Finally, our safari guide could not stand it any more and said.. "Zebras! They're called Zebras!". To that our enthusiastic friend said...."YES, DJebras!". :D

Don't get me wrong. He actually spoke great English. There were just some pronunciation issues that he grappled with. (As I do, myself).

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Filed: K-1 Visa Country: Vietnam
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Thi has a problem with money.... She always wants me to fay for things. When I was visiting her I told her everytime she said fay, she would have to pay........

She also goes to scone.....school

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Filed: AOS (apr) Country: Vietnam
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Here's another funny one. Mai Anh told me that when we came there, her family would take my family to a very special restaurant, where we would enjoy "meat snack." ??????????????

In Mai's head she was thinking "thịt rắn." Since the adjective comes AFTER the noun in Vietnamese (as in Spanish), you would translate that word for word as "meat snake." In proper English, snake meat. With a mis-pronunciation of the word "snake," plus the noun/adjective reversal, it took me a little bit to figure that one out.

And, yes, we did go to the snake restaurant. But that is a story for another thread.

She also really wants to call someone who shows you around the town a "guide tour."

She's entirely self-taught in English, but I think she's done very well. I'm very proud of her.

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