Today I was in the supermarket, and a genteel middle-aged lady was looking for cans of crab meat. Unable to find them, she asked one of the clerks, “Do you have any [k?nd kr?p]?”
The clerk stared at her with huge, perplexed eyes. Why would a supermarket carry fecal matter in tins, and why would such a nice lady be asking for such a thing? He asked her to repeat her request, but twice more she asked for [k?nd kr?p].
There was a long silence, and the man finally realized she wanted canned crab.
A Brazilian I know hates Guinness beer, but he likes Killian’s. He doesn’t aspirate his K sound, so the American bartender in a loud nightclub usually thinks his [k] is a [g]. He asks for Killian’s, and they give him Guinness. This happens a lot.
Have you ever heard an English-speaking person make a funny pronunciation mistake in your own language? If so, what was it?