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Je Ne Parles Pas Anglais!  
User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1309 times:

sorry if i got the french wrong-i can barley stay awake in french class!

anyway, je va voyage en avion a Nice a novembre,and the last thing i want to look like is a tourist. what can i do/wear to look the least like an american tourist as possible in france?


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User currently offlineSOUTHAMERICA From Colombia, joined Dec 2003, 2497 posts, RR: 10
Reply 1, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1294 times:


Almost in the same possition.

I'm traveling to Nice in January, and I know like 50% of French. Many things are heard about non-french speakers in France, but is it true that they are struct with people who don't speak the language very well?

Expecting replies also.


SOUTHAMERICA


User currently offlineMYT332 From United Kingdom, joined Sep 2003, 9112 posts, RR: 70
Reply 2, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1293 times:

Just dont comment on how small everything is over there and how you have it bigger in the states.


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User currently offlineAloges From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 8725 posts, RR: 43
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1289 times:

Be a friendly American and you'll be treated as one. It's not like the French are bad hosts!


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User currently offlinePU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 4, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1277 times:

Just act normal. The niçois are excellent hosts, really kind people, and with a good sense of humor! Plus, you'll be more likely to find english-speakers down there (I used to live in Cannes, but now I live in Lille, to the north of France).

One problem though, many of them suffer from a bad case of southern accent. Charming (I've been trying to mimmick it since I came to France), but extremely difficult to understand for the non-initiated.

Don't try not to look as a tourist, because they'll find out as soon as you say a word... If you want to blend in with the masses, just dress normal. That means no baseball caps, of course Big grin (now that was a stereotype).

Oh, and BTW, as a friendly tip... it's "Je ne parle pas l'anglais".  Big grin

Hope it helped


User currently offlineDeltaflyertoo From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 1655 posts, RR: 1
Reply 5, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1274 times:

SouthAmerica:

They prefer that you speak French but from what I've noticed, when forced to switch over to English, they ALL speak it ten times better than most Americans. Its insane...


User currently offlinePU151 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 5 hours ago) and read 1268 times:

Sorry Southamerica, didn't see your post. Yes, in the past they were somewhat rude on people not speaking French, but that was ages ago. OK, there might still be some "irréductibles" but, what the hell, idiots are born in all countries.

My overall feeling is that most French people are uncomfortable with speaking in another language, particularly in English, because it's a somewhat "alien" language, it is not a latin tongue as Italian, for example. Hence what Delta pointed out, they will prefer you to speak in French, but if they have to resort to English, they will with absolutely no problems.

Don't worry, in the worst case you will always find a French english-speaker somewhere to help you out.


User currently offlineKEno From Malaysia, joined Feb 2004, 1842 posts, RR: 27
Reply 7, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1243 times:

Hi there,
Allow me to correct your french :
Je vais voyager à Nice en avion en novembre.

... and allow me to correct your english too :  Smile
barley? I think you mean barely.


User currently offlineLuv767s From United States of America, joined Aug 2003, 271 posts, RR: 0
Reply 8, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1237 times:

I've gone to Nice for the past 2 summers and I know a few French phrases. Only twice I've had to use them, at a train station, and a restaurant. I love Nice and everyone there is so gracious. Someone around will speak English even if they don't want to. We had several meals in Nice where the waiter spoke no English and we did just fine. They are used to tourists there and they have menus in several languages.

I would say NOT to wear any American sports things. And do bring a French dictionary in case you need to read signs etc.

BTW: the French do wear jeans.



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User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 9, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1230 times:

thats for the tip,but i heard a bit about shoes somewhere.I Mother told me in paris no one wore sneakers.

PS:thanks for everyone who corrected me,i have exams coming up.



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User currently offlineZweed From Netherlands, joined Apr 2004, 455 posts, RR: 0
Reply 10, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 1222 times:

No matter what americans do. they DO look like tourists when they come to europe

User currently offlineQb001 From Canada, joined Apr 2000, 2053 posts, RR: 4
Reply 11, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 3 hours ago) and read 1201 times:

Allow me to correct your french :
Je vais voyager à Nice en avion en novembre.


Hmmmm, not bad, but stylistically questionable. Should be something like
Je vais voyager par avion jusqu'à Nice en novembre.

Picky, but that's what French is, picky.

BTW, it's not "parles" but "parle".



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User currently offlineFlpuck6 From United States of America, joined Jun 1999, 2123 posts, RR: 29
Reply 12, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 5 days ago) and read 1181 times:

People in France do wear sneakers ... but in fashionable ways, if that makes sense ... and it's mostly the younger generations who do.

One thing the French do not wear much of are sandals/flip-flops like Americans do! As a general rule, try to dress neatly.

Just be discreet ... avoid talking with a loud voice ... Americans are usually much louder than the French.

The list can go on ...



Bonjour Chef!
User currently offlineArcano From Chile, joined Mar 2004, 2409 posts, RR: 23
Reply 13, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1173 times:

Hi

I've been in Paris. Before to get there, I had your same fear: French hate English (language).
Let me tell you, I can express myself in a reasonable clear French, but I had many troubles trying to get their answer.
French and Parisians were very friendly; when they got my face of "what!?!?!?" they asked me is I spoke English, and they made the effort to speak English (or even Spanish).
As already said, just be nice and, I don't know exactly why, but I also recommend to avoid tshirts of "I love LA" or "Knicks". I got the best impression of France and its people. I only remember 1 bad French that cared nothing about my language in a train station.

Saludos )( Arcano



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 14, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 1170 times:

The French don't wear sneakers?!?! WHAT?!?! Too bad no one told much of the French youth that. You most certainly can wear sneakers, however, if you do and you don't want to look American, don't tie them. Tuck your shoe laces inside your sneakers.

And if you want to say "anglais" instead of "français", you might want to try "je ne parle qu'anglais" or "je parle seulement anglais". At least that way...people will know you can't speak French  Big thumbs up

LH423



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User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1143 times:

If you don't want to be seen as a tourist, just don't wear a cap or T-shirt with an American flag or the name of a US university.

Now, if you do it, there will be no problem anyway.


As long as you don't wear Tennis shoes with a suit ...  Smile/happy/getting dizzy


User currently offlineSebolino From France, joined May 2001, 3681 posts, RR: 4
Reply 16, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 1139 times:

Hmmmm, not bad, but stylistically questionable. Should be something like
Je vais voyager par avion jusqu'à Nice en novembre.


Actually, that would be a little old fashioned.


A more realistic way:

"Je vais a Nice en avion en Novembre" or "Je prends l'avion pour Nice en Novembre" or "En novembre, je vais aller a Nice en avion".

To what somebody would answer: "For sure you won't go there by car"  Big grin  Big grin


User currently offlineGKirk From UK - Scotland, joined Jun 2000, 24947 posts, RR: 56
Reply 17, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1110 times:

Dont shout Sacre Bleu at everyone  Wink/being sarcastic


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User currently offlineQANTASFOREVER From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 18, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 1097 times:

Simply dress in a sensible manner, swiming costume is appropriate only by the pool or at the beach, if you can only hear yourself talking in a loud place then you are probably too loud, at least try to speak French - it is appreciated. If you want a fix of english, come over the border to Monaco. The Grimaldis love tex-mex so there's plenty of that.

Just be open to the culture - and maybe pretend to be Canadian.

QFF


User currently offlineKilavoud From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 19, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 14 hours ago) and read 1075 times:

Hi James Bond!!

Listen at this song which surely will help your to feel OK in France.

http://perso.wanadoo.fr/les-nicois-du-canton/page48.html

Do not cheat yourself, just be natural and you will be happy.

Have a nice flight.

Cheers. Kilavoud.


User currently offlineEspion007 From Denmark, joined Dec 2003, 1691 posts, RR: 0
Reply 20, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 1033 times:

if you do and you don't want to look American, don't tie them. Tuck your shoe laces inside your sneakers.

Perfect,I already do that  Smile



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User currently offlineLH423 From Canada, joined Jul 1999, 6501 posts, RR: 54
Reply 21, posted (10 years 5 months 1 week 3 days 12 hours ago) and read 997 times:

Actually, that would be a little old fashioned.

Sebolino: Look at where Qb001 is from! Therein lies the answer to old-fashioned French!  Smile

LH423



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