That’s not what I meant to say…

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Do you ever mean to say one thing, but end up saying something else?  When you’re an English speaker trying to communicate in Spanish this happens regularly, often with funny results.  Though two words may sound virtually the same, they typically have very different meanings.  The results can be quite funny (and sometimes embarrassing).  Since we enjoy laughing at ourselves, we’ve decided to share a few of the mistakes we’ve made over the past 3 months living in Ecuador.  Feel free to laugh along with us!

Christie

What I meant to say:

These don’t have middles (medios).

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What I actually said:

These don’t have socks (medias)

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Maryn

What she meant to say:

Are you in your room (cuarto)?

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What she actually said:

Are you in your body (cuerpo)?

© Marie Plocharz

What she meant to say:

My grandpa can only cook hot dogs and eggs (huevos).

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What she actually said:

My grandpa can only cook hot dogs and Thursdays (jueves).

 

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Tyler

What he meant to say:

 

boy pig

What he actually said:

boy swearing

Connor

What he meant to say:

I’ve played spin the bottle with hugs (abrazos).

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What he actually said:

I’ve played spin the bottle with pregnant men (embarazados).

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What’s something embarrassing you’ve said when you intended to say something different?  Don’t be afraid, we promise not to laugh!

2 thoughts on “That’s not what I meant to say…

  1. My husband enjoyed telling a story from his mission to Argentina. He and his new companion were having dinner with an investigator family. The companion offered a prayer on the food asking for a blessing on the “monos” (monkeys) who prepared the food. Of course he meant to say, “manos” (hands). My husband said the young children almost fell off their chairs laughing. I enjoy your blog and keeping up with your awesome family. Connor remains one of my favorite past Sunday school students.

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    • That’s a great story! Such a simple mistake, but so funny 😀 Glad we had the opportunity to get to know you and your family. And happy that social media makes keeping in touch across the miles so much easier!

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