The French word for chocolate is chocolat, which basically amounts to saying chocolate in a French accent. This girl in my class had a brain fart and instead of saying "chocolat," said "cacahuette," which led to this interesting exchange:
“I’ll get you something. What do you like to drink?” “I like to drink hot peanuts.”
When I was about 17, we had a
French exchange student come to live with us. During our first
conversation, he asked me if I
knew any French. I
began singing my one French line, "Voulez-vouscoucher avec moice soir?"I
was so proud of myself until he burst out laughing. He proceeded to ask me if I knew
what it meant, which I obviously didn't. So he said, "Do you want to sleep
with me tonight?" After that, I was creeped out when he
would ever so quietly hang out in my room before bedtime each night and
just smile and look at me.
My (female) missionary companion in Spain called our landlord to let him know there was a problem with our mattresses. What she meant to say was, "Hay un problema con nuestros colchones" ("There is a problem with our mattresses"). What she actually said was, "Hay un problema con nuestros cojones" ("There is a problem with our balls"). The landlord laughed so hard and long that my companion finally had to hang up the phone. The mattress problem was never solved.
One day, a Spanish-speaking friend and I decided to meet with a group of friends
to hike a nearby peak. You would think three entiresemesters of university-level Spanish would have helped me, but such was not the case. While we were finalizing details of when and
where to meet, I utilized my super-awesome Spanish skills and asked
"¿Que tiempo?" There was a pause, then he
went on to correct me: "You mean '¿A que hora?'--'at what time?' not,
'what weather?'" Incidentally, if you'd like to ask what the weather is like, be sure to
say "Que tiempo hace?"
When I was still very new to the Latvian language, I pointed out a flying bird to my husband. Unfortunately, I mixed up "Putins lido" and "Putns lido." He laughed because I'd told him that Vladimir Putin was flying.