By SpanishInFrenchClass - 06/12/2012 05:35 - United States
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Everybody makes mistakes, what matters is your ability to play it off as a joke or make it work to your advantage.
I think 13's joke flew over everyone's head. It was pretty clever compared to most FML puns, but because it takes thinking to get everyone will just say its fail or not funny. +1 for you 13 for being able to make a play on words that is not a cat/nazi reference.
I don't know about the others, but it was pretty obvious what he was getting at for me. I wouldn't say it flew over everyone's head: It's a pretty old play on words, kind of like that "cunning stunt" one. Nobody said it sucked so I don't know what you are getting at; maybe he's just getting thumbed down because it was an inappropriate time for it.
Hey to be fair, Americans tend to know less languages unless that's their field of focus. I have cousins in Morocco who were forced to learn Arabic (obviously), Spanish, French, and English, and be fluent in them. And in Peru, my mom had to learn Spanish, English, and a third language (she picked German, but never got good at it). Honestly, it's not THAT much of an insult; a disability, sure. But the public schools I have had contact with tend to focus more on math and science instead of language and the arts.
Lol, I'm American and speak 4-ish languages (learning more), but I still don't mind the "monolingual American" jokes. I like the one that goes something like "The average German speaks 2.3 languages, the average Brit speaks 1.4 languages, and the average American speaks 0.7 languages." :P
If you go to parts of Quebec and try and talk English there they might as well be monolingual as well. Some people are just ass holes who don't like people who don't speak their own tongue. I think it's so stupid to base a persons knowledge off of how many languages they know in a lot of situations. If you are a language major, then it is appropriate, but I'm going to be an engineer and haven't had time to study any languages. I am planning on learning Japanese mind you. I already have the Rosetta Stone for it, just not the time.
OP, just say "je te flup flee" like Joey did, you'll get away with it!
I'd just play if off and make it seem like you were intentionally trying to be funny. I say this because I've dropped Spanish lines in French class before accidentally. Several times. Jajaja
Maybe you should've said hello in couple of other European languages and then start off with your presentation.
I'm not usually one to get annoyed at things like this, but it's pushed a button just now. Not all Americans are stupid. Yes, we have some really fucking idiotic people. Yes, we also have tv shows that only an ape would find amusing. This does not, though, mean we're all inbreed hicks trying to fuck our cousins, drinking moonshine or failing at getting by third grade. Please, stop proliferating the stereotype. You know the FML community downs people's comments then ups them sporadically when FMLs are first posted. For the record, I'm first generation American from Cuban parents and have traveled Europe, so this is not one of those "America Fuck Yeah!" posts as much as an "Everyone has idiots, fuck yeah." one. /end rant