on 29-07-2019 19:08
Perhaps that was part of why I experienced what I did @MI5, I wasn't in any region of France long enough to become a real part of the area. And I fully admit my French left a lot to be desired as I didn't use it as much as I had in my teens and early 20s. Like all languages you have to keep using it or you lose it.
I totally agree with you about French wine and food; love both. It's just the French themselves I had a problem with. Though as I said when I was with my late partner, as he was a fluent French speaker, my experience was quite pleasant, as long as I let him do all the talking
on 29-07-2019 22:38
I do agree that schools teach a second language @jonsie , the trouble is we fail to make the effort as so many other countries make it easy for us as they usually speak English (or enough to get by)
One problem is aswell that people who speak a language want to speak it. So even you speak fluently dutch and they notice you're german, they speak german because they're happy to show they're able to speak. I guess it's the same with other countries (except france)..
And @MI5 my experience of France was (one of them) in Avignon, we wanted to order at a bakery (croissants... drool) - as they noticed we're foreigners, they pretended not to understand us - one of us ordered even in french. And we even tried to point on it... They just acted silly.
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