I grew up in California, but I'm Danish by descent. My parents are Danish as well and were raised in Denmark, so they tend to default to Danish when speaking. I spoke both languages while I was a kid, but for a long time, I was fluent in neither and as a result, misunderstandings could occur quite easily. One in particular amuses me, though it doesn't really embarrass me that much.
I think I would have been around 7 or 8 when this happened, attending elementary school. There was this girl I knew, called Olivia. I had met her in pre-school, so even though we weren't in the same class, we knew each other well enough to speak casual conversation. One day, it ends up being that she and I are walking the same way home from school (normally not the case). Conversation starts and somehow, she pulls out the line "You know I have a crush on you, right?"
I didn't know what a crush was. So I tried to fill in the blank. I figured, crush means to destroy or harm, therefore she must be trying to say she can crush me, implying she's stronger than me. So, my reply was: "Well, I'm pretty strong."
I don't think that's quite what she wanted to hear.
So if you ever think you're oblivious to other people's advances, just remember that I once practically challenged a girl to a fight because she said she had a crush on me. The best part is that I didn't realize this until I was about 21, where I suddenly remembered it and realized how badly I had misunderstood what she was talking about.
Originally Posted by Splat
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