January 24, 2008

Soundbite (France)

When I am in a foreign country, I make an effort to speak English, but NOT in France. Ah, non! Here, we speak FRENCH.


[An otherwise open-minded insurance assessor who complained about her Japanese clients who cannot speak French and had the cheek to ask her if she spoke English. Clearly, finding common ground to do business on was not as important to this lady as insisting on complying with the the age-old linguistic cliché of the unhelpful Frog was. But she was really friendly to me because she could not get over the fact that I, as a foreigner -ooooh- living in France, actually speak French.]

1 comment:

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