Category Archives: Language Fails

Language Fail – Episode 6: The time I was addressed by my price…

Translating can be a difficult task especially when you have no training in the skill and I found that out the hard while working for my previous company when asked to translate meetings for non-English speakers. Advertisements

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Language Fail – Episode 5: The time I asked for the wrong thing around the dinner table

Meeting your in-laws is always a big deal and making a good first impression is extremely important and can define the relationship for its duration. That’s why when I met Raquel’s family I was even more polite than my usual self and … Continue reading

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An Idiots guide to Brazilian English Translations – Part 1

I have a category on blog called language fails where write posts about funny language related episodes I’ve been a part of or come across, however there has been a particular series I’ve wanted to write about  for some time … Continue reading

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Dude, that festa was lekker!* – A polyglot’s entry to the Inspire Language Learning Blogger Competition

UPDATE: If you have stumbled onto this post, please click the like button at the end of it! 🙂 Thank you!   *This is a normal phrase you will hear from Portuguese immigrant’s children in South Africa which means “Dude, … Continue reading

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Language Fails – Episode 4: Never nod your head to someone who is speaking a language you don’t understand.

Two days ago I had my first health scare in Guinea when I showed some malaria symptoms. As per our companies procedure I went straight to our medical department to test for Malaria, which fortunately came out negative. However as … Continue reading

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Language Fails – Episode 3: The time my housemates thought I spending evenings with a penis

Portuguese for me is, and always will be a secondary language, no matter how much I try. Want to know why? Slang. As I never grew up in the country, I am completely oblivious of the slang vocabulary developed by … Continue reading

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The time a tourist responded to my “Do you need help?” with “Sh*t!”

I like accents. I fell in love with accents the first time I flew to London when I was 10 and the airhostess came up to me and said “Tay or coffay?” (Tea or coffee). From that day onwards I … Continue reading

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Language Fail – Episode 2: The time my colleague asked me for condoms at 2pm during work…

I know what you are thinking, these language fail stories always seem to be sexual. I’m not a pervert, I swear. I work for a Brazilian company. Brazilians supposedly speak Portuguese. However sometimes I have no idea what I’m being … Continue reading

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Language Fail – Episode 1: The six months I mistakenly asked for clean sex…

I know the title sounds odd, but worry not, this is not what you think it is about. Cue major disappoint about not sharing sex stories. It’s about language. I was busy writing a post about the subject about the … Continue reading

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