What's your most embarrassing memory?
I lived in France for 4 months when I was 17 as an exchange student. The family I lived with had a son, Laurent, who went to my high school in Indiana for a year as an exchange student, and spoke near-perfect English. One night at home, I asked him how to say "I don't care." He said "Je m'en fous."
A few days later, one of my teachers asked me if I wanted to take a test. Since my credits over there had no bearing on my credits at my own high school, it didn't really matter. I said, in French, "it doesn't matter. Je m'en fous." (With much less attitude than those statements would portray, I swear. I just wasn't sure how to be non-committal without expressing attitude.) The whole class exploded in gasps and giggles, and the teacher said something to the effect of "I do not think it means what you think it means." She walked away, red-faced to the point of near-explosion, and I turned to my classmate and said "What did I just say??" She said "It was a little... vulgar."
I tracked Laurent down like a dog on a hunt and asked him what it meant and explained what had just happened. He said "You just said 'I don't give a f***' to Mademoiselle Sala.'" Unfortunately, the earth didn't swallow me whole right then and there, so I went immediately back to Mademoiselle Sala's classroom and explained, without ratting Laurent out, what happened and apologized profusely. Although she was an awful, angry spinster, she smiled and forgave me and told me that I should perhaps use my dictionary rather than my peers for future translation.
Also, I'm embarrassed of myself at 19. The whole year. It'd take much more time than I have to explain.
And this picture is funny.
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