If you want to learn a language, you have to be OK with failing. You're gonna mess up sentence structures, mix up genders, and even forget the simplest words. It's bound to happen. But if your ego doesn't crumble in the process, you'll realize that it's the only way to master a foreign tongue. And that people don't give a damn about your mistakes; they respect the effort.

Sam Collins is a 26-year-old gay man and the CTO of a medical software company, who also streams on Twitch every week. He grew up in an English-speaking part of Canada, but later moved to the French-speaking area. And that's precisely where he met Vince, his boyfriend.

Vince isn't a native English speaker. But he's killing it. I mean, he finds a way out of a sentence even when he doesn't know the right words. This one time, for example, he forgot the word 'lid' so he held up a pot and asked Sam, "Where is his hat?"

The genius one-liner caught Sam completely off guard. He liked it so much, he even tweeted it. But the man wasn't the only one who loved it. Nearly 800,000 people have liked the example of Vince's linguistic freestyle, and many have responded to it with other brilliant English word 'replacements' as well. Continue scrolling and check them out.

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

Well, that describes it! And you do NOT want to be in the vicinity when the black and white fart squirrel lets one off.

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Judging by the way Sam described his boyfriend, no wonder Vince had come up with something so simple yet so brilliant on the spot. "He's an absolute sweetheart," Sam told Bored Panda. "Our friends consistently call him an 'angel' because he's so thoughtful and kind. He can be a bit nervous in big social situations, but once you get him talking, he's happy to geek out and have fun! He tries hard not to depend on his French, so he makes a lot of word substitutions (like calling a pot lid a hat) when he's talking. I think it's cute as heck."

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
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6 months ago

Hahahhaahahahah

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Sam acknowledges that couples who have some sort of a language barrier between them face additional challenges. But that's nothing they can't solve if both partners are committed to one another. "Healthy relationships are built on good communication, so being in a bilingual relationship sometimes means working twice as hard to communicate clearly," the man said.

"We often find each other totally missing important things that the other person said, which can definitely be frustrating, but we make sure to be understanding and kind to each other when it does happen. On the plus side, we've both drastically improved our second language skills!"

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Tiffany Marie
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6 months ago

Not a baby cow? Just puppy cow. Lol

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The attention Sam's tweet has received was not something he expected. So many people have been relating to it. Sam himself thinks the Internet's reaction is really cute. "Amazingly, everyone has been so positive about it! Almost zero negativity. Lots of people sharing similar stories and talking about what it's like to live in a bilingual relationship. It's amazing! I'm happy to share in that joy with so many people."

Interestingly, Joshua Wolf Shenk, author of Powers of Two, wrote that long-term couples "start to match each other in the basic rhythms and syntactical structures of their speech." This happens because of something psychologists call emotional contagion, which causes us to mimic everything from our partner’s accent to their laugh, bringing us even closer together. But it doesn't happen overnight.

"Be patient with your bilingual partner, and give them ample time to speak their mind," Sam added. "Celebrate the little mistakes and unique sayings that come from each other, and laugh about them together."

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

Calling little children gremlins is epic.

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago (edited)

Ingenious Legend!

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
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6 months ago

Again.......MAKES SENCE

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Joran Quinten
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6 months ago

Now do it in sir David Attenboroughs voice

Lauren Caswell
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6 months ago

The sea pancakes begin their glorious, 1400 mile journey to maple bay, where the warm shallows bring the promise of food. However, they are not the only ones who make use of this glorious bay, as they will soon discover

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von Funnyname
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6 months ago

I have a buddy with nautical animal tattoos as strange likenesses. Among the collection is, in fact, a manta ray, lightly browned with a pad of butter on top.

Hilary Mol
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6 months ago

A friend of mine in college (whose first language was Spanish) couldn't think of "Stingray" in English, either. He came up with "Sea Kite", which is a fairly accurate description.

Pahulu
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6 months ago

Majestic sea flap flap

Helenium
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6 months ago

Majestic sea flap flap

Mainecoonsandhuskies
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6 months ago

SEA PANCAKE

chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

That's a pretty accurate description.

Vaida Kuodytė
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6 months ago

Majestic sea flap-flap is the scientific name

Missy Barton
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6 months ago

I have called them Sea Pancakes since I first saw this post. That or "The Majestic Flap-flap"

Dana Grunwald
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6 months ago

Manta rays a really big pancakes!

Peter Bear
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6 months ago

If you've ever seen the 'internet names for things' memes, you know that rays are 'majestic sea flap-flaps'. But 'sea pancake' is equally good.

margotlevraut
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6 months ago

Sounds like a True Facts video by ZeFrank1 (If you have not watched them, DO IT)

glowworm2
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6 months ago

Sea pancake is such an adorable name for them!

okpkpkp
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6 months ago

Orcas love sea pancakes.

Isabel Care
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6 months ago

Sea flap flap

Doreen Pinkham
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6 months ago

Sea pancake and sea flap flap have been memes for quite a while. Urban Dictionary posted an entry for sea pancake aka stingray in 2013.

Nicole Holt
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6 months ago

I totally knew you meant manta ray, before I read it. Sea pancake makes perfect sense :)

WholettheCatsout
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6 months ago

I forgot and called it "that professor fish from Nemo movie"

XianJaguar
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6 months ago

manta ray, sea pancake, it's all the same thing.

Panda with Heart
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6 months ago

Well they are flat

Ashley Kellers
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6 months ago

This is wrong, mantas are sea flap flaps and sting rays are sea pancakes

Eva the Ravenclaw Bookworm📚💖
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6 months ago (edited)

Didn't know manta ray was ONE word

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Sebastian Praus
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6 months ago

In both Dutch and German slugs are called “naked snails”

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

If you know Hemingway that's quite easy to understand.

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

I love this one!

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Khara Bowlin
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6 months ago

I'm dying

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

Of course he knew - it's a pretty good description.

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Daria B
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6 months ago

A bread buffet ♡

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Tiffany Marie
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6 months ago

It happens. I've been there. Brain farts.

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Tài Trần
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6 months ago

This ... can causes some reallyyyy funny misunderstanding.

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
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6 months ago

That’s what it should be called

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ElusiveIntrovert
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6 months ago

I love fried burrito peels ;)

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Mainecoonsandhuskies
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6 months ago

i forgot the past tense of sneeze and i said I SAID I SNOZED

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

We all are looking for sunshine for our homes.

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Laura Jones
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6 months ago

we are English and we have always called milk cow juice. mind we do have funny names for lots of things

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ImaDerp
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6 months ago

Excellent description

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Rose the Cook
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6 months ago

This reminds me of a student who didn't know the word "cow". On seeing the picture of one he declared, That's a beef".

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kasa alex
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6 months ago

Awwwwww that's much better

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Charlotte Anderson [STUDENT]
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6 months ago

Cute😂

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chi-wei shen
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6 months ago

I guess that woman wasn't pleased by this blatant approach.

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

Or a breed of novel.

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

That works for me.

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SoozeeQ
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6 months ago

Yep. That'll do.

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troufaki13
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6 months ago

I would fake an accent and pretend I didn't know English! :D

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Francesca Annoni
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6 months ago

Or "pastel black"..

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