How little language mistakes can cause you big embarrassment!
Don’t YOU appreciate when people point out your wrong word mistakes? – discreetly of course!
I am eternally grateful to a French waiter who corrected me about my French pronunciation and choosing a similar-sounding word – but the WRONG word!
I was working as a piano-vocalist in an elegant fine dining restaurant.
I was singing songs in French and I thought I was so classy and cool and cosmopolitan .
In reality – I was embarrassing myself to anyone who spoke French.
And it all came down to how I pronounced a vowel sound.
I was supposed to be singing “pourtant” (however or still) but they way I pronounced it sounded like a less formal French word that means “prostitute”. So in this elegant restaurant I am proudly singing “PROSTITUTE”.
I am very grateful to…
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