① Ashish Kushwaha：
My first time in America, I came in August 2011. August is usually the warmest month and I preferred shorts. I had just bought two pairs of these in India.
The Jockeys were so comfortable, I wore them all the time everywhere. I hung out with classmates in the evenings, over the weekend, went to bars, and after a week, when I was wearing the same “shorts”, an older Indian friend pulled me aside and said, “X (a girl classmate) said you went to her apartment wearing these?”
I was confused, but before I could say anything, he said, “These are used as?underwear?here. You can’t wear them outdoors.”
That was embarrassing as anything. I didn’t talk to anyone for a whole week after that. Later, I realized, I had even met a classmate’s family - his father, his mother and a sister in these “shorts”.
PS: I am pretty sure they are worn as shorts in India, but I was so scarred, and don’t wear them in India either.
② Denise Lawson：
I was in Brazil and kept saying "molestar" trying to communicate that I didn't want to bother. Molestar = Bother in spanish.
Turns out "Molestar" resembles more the english word "To molest" and I was telling people that I didn't want to rape them.
Hey, I'm don't want to molest you sexually, but can I take your picture I said this to many portuguese speakers for many days,?many times...
③ Allen Song：
In London, I was at a disabled toilet room in a department store, the toilet had a black nylon rope hanging down from the ceiling. I thought it was a flusher for the disabled. When I pulled it however, it set off the alarms and I had 3 store associates rush the toilet I was in, while my pants were still around my ankles. -_-
④ Douglas Drumond：
I was in US a few weeks ago, called an Uber and the driver, a very kind woman, asked me about Brazil, Olympics, etc. Specially in the northeast region, the beaches are very beautiful, so I told her about them.
I guess she understood, but she had to mock me: “you mean, the women?”. Of course, with my Brazilian accent, beaches and bitches sound the same (I still can’t figure out that, I’m trying).