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What's the stupidest thing you've ever heard a tourist say? Ever heard an American talking about visiting "Scotchland, England", or (and this one is actually real) a Japanese couple talking about the correct way to say Clapham is actually Clatham, as "ph" sounds are pronounced "th". Which has a certain logic really. UPDATE: Please, no more Loogabarooga stories. It's getting like, "and I opened my eyes and my mum had left me a cup of tea!"

(, Thu 7 Jul 2005, 16:31)
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Not entirely tourist related, but hell...currently learning Dutch in preparation to move over to Belgium next year with wife and kid.

Learning the lingo is ok, I speak fairly good German which helps, although managed to make two rather giggly cockups in class...

Whilst explaning my preference of BnB's over hotels, my response was supposed to be:
"I find hotels too clean and unwelcoming"
my actually sentence was
"I find hotels make me sterile"

Whilst explaining my enthusiasm for a meal, I (silly me) used the word "Ravishing", apparently the Dutch use this word more commonly to mean "Rape", when my teacher (playing the waitress) stopped laughing and explained, I kept very quite and ordered to biefstuk met fritjes.
(, Thu 14 Jul 2005, 11:37, Reply)

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