https://www.duolingo.com/1005405172

I just realized something.

The german word for poison is gift, right? Well, if someone who knew german only heard a person who speaks english say "I have a gift for you."...

There would be a LOT of confusion and explaining needed.

March 7, 2016

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https://www.duolingo.com/TrioLinguist

Well, if he only knew German, he wouldn't understand the rest of the sentence anyway. In general, people wouldn't pick up on an individual word like gift in an incomprehensible sentence – the brain just translates the whole thing as nonsense. For example (this is a fake language):

  • Saka mulanto vets minas kill galad dirilum.

The English word kill is in there (let's say it means awesome in the fake language), but you probably wouldn't have even realized or noticed the word if spoken, because it's all nonsense to you.

March 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/DuoFlash

Whoops! :) Good job on noticing it. I really like how the German word for jewelry is Schmuck. That could really get confusing. ;)

March 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/aller2026

Oh my! :-)

March 7, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Colikari

Now I'm interested... what is the meaning of "Schmuck" in English?

Another nice word is "mist". In German it (Mist) means "dung". There is a product named Irish Mist... funny for English learners...

March 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/mizinamo

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/schmuck

Also, that's why they called it "Irisch Moos" (Irish Moss) in Germany :)

March 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Colikari

Thank you! :)

March 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Lorel90

Right and look for the meaning of the German word after.

March 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/MarcelFrey1

Most people don't get it. "Der After" = "the anus" ;-)

Also a good wort is "Spanner" (voyeur).

March 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/PatrikRosen

Hah! Welcome to confusion! :D I come from Sweden and there "gift" means both married as in "Jag är gift" and poison as in "Det är gift". Then I can mix it up with the English "gift" AND with the German "Gift". And this is just the beginning... :D

Etter, ett, Adder, Edder, Eddercop, Edderkopp, adding, one, Spinne, spin, spinna...

March 8, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/iboates

well also english speakers may snicker when they realize a conjuged form of the verb "to drive" is "fahrt"

March 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Manoehs

hahahhahha you made me laugh man! XD

March 9, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/podoprune

Nice! Thank you

March 10, 2016

https://www.duolingo.com/Kaylee832025

I knew that but I never put it in that way before! I usually just used it as a remembering method, but now in school we're talking about health class and then I said... I'll let you guess what happened (Hint: Food poisoning)

June 24, 2017
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