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Matteo Lane-Ordering Food In France

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  • Cindy
    Cindy 2 months ago +205333

    French is _my first language_ and they would STILL reply in English 😭🤦🏽‍♀️

    • Kelly Landefeld
      Kelly Landefeld 2 months ago +5018

      I wouldn't have known to use the word travailler in that way.

    • 풀팍스
      풀팍스 2 months ago +3362

      Prétends de pas parler anglais et réponds en français.
      Sérieusement tho ils te répondent en anglais ??? Wtf c'est un baille sombre de Paris encore ?

    • Denver's Hockey Breaks
      Denver's Hockey Breaks 2 months ago +1982

      @Kelly Landefeld subtitles are incorrect there he’s saying voudrais

    • Philippe Cloutier
      Philippe Cloutier 2 months ago +912

      "Ah! Vous voulez dire du beuuuuuurre..." L'éternel combat du Québécois en visite à Paris 🙄

    • MJay-N
      MJay-N 2 months ago +293

      So accurate 😂😂
      And 100% something my gf would do 😂

  • A Pun
    A Pun Month ago +18839

    Nicest interaction between a tourist and a French person

    • Maaaaeey🇲🇦
      Maaaaeey🇲🇦 Month ago +455

      I swear.. I work with french people, I speak fluently french as it is my second language and I don’t even have an accent while speaking it but idk why they are so rude and racist

    • Anne_Marie400
      Anne_Marie400 Month ago +129

      @Maaaaeey🇲🇦 Aww I'm sorry to hear that, as a french native speaker I feel awful about their attitude.

    • Coal
      Coal Month ago +22

      ​@Maaaaeey🇲🇦 raciste ?

    • Arbn
      Arbn Month ago +75

      @Maaaaeey🇲🇦 of course they’re racist girl you’re moroccan. You do know they hate arabs and muslims et les maghrébins. Faut pas s’attendre à ce qu’ils soient sympa avec nous.

    • Firstname Lastname
      Firstname Lastname Month ago +96

      ​@Arbn They hate Germans too (though I guess historically speaking, that's at least somewhat understandable, but I always wonder what they have against people who actively try to speak their language. )

  • Tommy the Cat
    Tommy the Cat Month ago +7259

    Can confirm, we Italians are delighted when you try speaking a couple words in our language, it's the spirit that counts.

  • Matthieu Gradiateur
    Matthieu Gradiateur 2 months ago +22602

    She understood you and did not ask you to repeat or speak english, you can be proud

    • Kati de Jong
      Kati de Jong Month ago +531

      Right?! I tried to buy stamps once and looked up how to say it on google. I mispronounced 1 vowel and the cashier looked at me like i was speaking japanese... i had to show it on my phone for him to understand. It was rediculous

    • Laenius
      Laenius Month ago +47

      @Kati de JongLMAOO thats never good💀

    • Spppeeeddyyspedddy
      Spppeeeddyyspedddy Month ago +9

      @Kati de JongREALLY?😭😭💀

    • brmbkl2015
      brmbkl2015 Month ago +68

      @Kati de Jong I guess the difference is the language, not the people. Italian is very consonant based and staccato. it's very difficult to mistake one word for the other. However, in French; 'en' or 'au' sounds terribly similar, but are two words that when swapped can lead to confusion (and funny sentences).

    • Imperial Commissar
      Imperial Commissar 29 days ago +19

      @Kati de Jong
      In french a aingle vowel can completely change the meaning of a word (and thus your entire sentence)
      Normally peoples will quickly understand the mistake and the intended meaning but some aren’t as bright as others and in certain cases the confusion can be so genuine that its hard to correct it internally

  • Drippy Spaff
    Drippy Spaff Month ago +8593

    I ordered food in French at a restaurant in Paris once, and the waiter responded by saying “Don’t bother, I speak better English than you do French.”
    It was traumatic.

    RAFIS ALFONSO NIN Month ago +798

    Italian are the best, they are forgiving and appreciate when you try. Love Italy.

  • Sam Croft
    Sam Croft 2 months ago +30911

    He's not wrong - three words in Italian and they practically adopt you.

    • fiškus
      fiškus 2 months ago +461

      It was same for me in Spain

    • Sarah Taylor
      Sarah Taylor 2 months ago +52

      ​@fiškus me too!

    • sassamafrass
      sassamafrass 2 months ago +269

      That wasn't my experience in northern Italy. They were *very* annoyed with my attempt at Italian 🫤

    • sully
      sully 2 months ago +77

      ​@Myr iam You've ever been to Sicily?

    • dabisnit
      dabisnit 2 months ago +65

      @Myr iam well they do have a certain history with North Africa. Carthago delenda est.

  • Law Stallsmith-Jahn
    Law Stallsmith-Jahn Month ago +704

    I love France and took 5 years of French in school, so I speak basic conversational French.
    My First time in Paris, I went to a restaurant and tried my ass off to order, knowing it was probably not the best. The server complimented my effort (very kind) and stated that it’s just nice to have people try to speak the language. It really made my night and regardless of the interactions I have when I go to France (don’t really think I’ve had a bad one) that is one of many that counts and a reason I always love to return.

    • K.S.D.
      K.S.D. 28 days ago +37

      This is the reality: most people already have a shit attitude towards the French, so the energy just bounces back

    • Peaches 🍑
      Peaches 🍑 23 days ago +18

      This. I studied French for 4 years and when I went to Paris out of at 12 days I spent there I only had one negative interaction with someone because I’m American. Everyone else was pleased I was even trying and actually helped me along in conversation

    • ScreamingBeast
      ScreamingBeast 19 days ago +4

      Your Paris story is different from everybody else's Paris story

    • Lola Sonne
      Lola Sonne 15 days ago +6

      ​@K.S.D. I honest to god only developed my shitty attitude towards french people because of my experience with them (related to languages, not generally).
      Example 1: Me being in the italian speaking part of Switzerland. 3 french dudes join the group and as we say hello to each other they immediately just talk to me in french. I politely tell them (in the only french sentence I know) that I don't speak french, but english, italian and german, and ask them if they might speak one of those languages. I swear, they looked disgusted at me and refused to even make any attempt to speak any other language than french... So we basically ignored each other for the rest of the evening.
      Example 2: Working for an international company that had many open positions in the german speaking part of Switzerland. Jobs would be written in English or German and asking for people to speak English and/or German.
      I swear, French people were the only ones that were regularly(!) call our office, only speak french and get irritated that I can't speak french. They also send their applications with a CV and message completely in french.
      I have more experiences than those, but those are the ones showing the f**king entitlement when it comes to their language. Otherwise I like the culture a lot, but that part drives me crazy.

    • Austenpoppy
      Austenpoppy 14 days ago +3

      @Lola Sonne "I have more experiences than those, but those are the ones showing the f**king entitlement when it comes to their language."
      Erm, don't you think you're generalizing a lot ? Just because you met a few French people who were rude to you about this doesn't mean most of us are like that.

  • Sandra
    Sandra Month ago +1052

    My experience is that if you speak English to a waiter in Paris they’ll just ignore you. My dad has gone to Paris on work trips and he and his colleagues once sat at a table for like 1 hour being ignored. They left when they finally caught a waiter that said “no French, no service. Sorry”.
    When I was in Paris with my family my mom had to do most of the talking in her poor school French. They literally sighed and scoffed in her face.
    Also love when you speak to them in English and they reply to you in French. Had one woman tell me that next time I go to France I should learn French first. Like I don’t expect people to learn Swedish when they visit Stockholm where I live.

    • Agata Borawska
      Agata Borawska Month ago +176

      It just sounds so sad. They should be glad to have tourists and that they can make real money on them

    • Agata Borawska
      Agata Borawska Month ago +76

      In Poland we are always curious of people visiting us, sometimes we're shy because in schools we haven't used to speak fluent but still try!

    • Ken Fern
      Ken Fern Month ago +55

      @Agata Borawska they make majority of their money from tourist. Ppl in come on 365 a year

    • Agata Borawska
      Agata Borawska 29 days ago +38

      @Ken Fern why if they are so unpleasant!

  • The Nordic Goldsmith
    The Nordic Goldsmith  2 months ago +47319

    Since he speaks Italian fluently he should have gone off on the French cashier in italian for assuming he was American and never admitted to speaking english lol

    • Maya Vision
      Maya Vision 2 months ago +2838

      Wait this is such a great idea

    • braepau
      braepau 2 months ago +1678

      Something tells me that she wasn’t trying to be a b**** but rather wanted to have the opportunity to practise English 😅

    • The Nordic Goldsmith
      The Nordic Goldsmith  2 months ago +2785

      @braepau You're very optimistic about French snobbery about their own language. Its a well known phenomena

    • Staedler Ok
      Staedler Ok 2 months ago +163

      That’s not a fluent Italian I can tell

    • The Nordic Goldsmith
      The Nordic Goldsmith  2 months ago +907

      @Staedler Ok Matteo spends a significant amount of time with his family in Italy and getting railed by insecure Italian men and is in fact fluent but go off queen.

  • Momo Domo
    Momo Domo 17 days ago +107

    I had a really positive experience in France. I didn't speak French at all but the people were very nice. We were at a French restaurant in Paris with the family and the waiter was very pleasant, speaking to us in English. He noticed we spoke Chinese amongst ourselves and since it was late and the restaurant wasn't crazy busy, he took the time to explain a little bit of history of French food while we shared some interesting stories about traditional Chinese cuisine.

  • natejacki
    natejacki Month ago +189

    I tried to order in a small shop in Paris. My French was terrible. The woman asked if I was American, I said yes, and a younger woman came from the back with a big grin on her face. "Uncle. Sugar." "Apple." Everyone in the shop started sharing every English word they knew with me.
    One of the most charming moments in my entire life.
    I ❤ Paris!!!

    • Deadbois
      Deadbois 26 days ago +12

      Wholesome af

    • Whippetha creem
      Whippetha creem 12 days ago +5

      I'd be grinning like an idiot

    • Boots and Cats
      Boots and Cats 11 days ago +11

      I think they may have been making fun of you and you didn’t catch on.

    • Appalachian Conjure
      Appalachian Conjure 17 hours ago

      ​@Boots and Cats that's what I'm thinking, sadly

  • J M
    J M 2 months ago +25596

    A French person who actually spoke English. I am impressed.

    • izi Cadet
      izi Cadet 2 months ago +222

      Only in Paris

    • unclenelvis
      unclenelvis 2 months ago +137

      Oh the shade of it all.

    • Émile Mailloux
      Émile Mailloux 2 months ago +132

      Bruh every french person from france or canada speaks english how are you surprised

    • mcaeln
      mcaeln 2 months ago +168

      @Nathan that’s not true.

    • Emily S
      Emily S 2 months ago +156

      Europeans are mostly multilingual - the rest of the world’s population are at least bilingual, US? Not so much.

  • Arngeir
    Arngeir 8 days ago +12

    I got treated like crap for speaking English in Galeries Lafayette so I did my best to speak choppy French at this mid-tier restaurant with the help of Google translate, and the waiter was like “you can just speak English, we understand”. I told him about my experience in Lafayette and he was like “those people are snobs, even us normal French people hate them” lol 😂😂😂

  • Noble Polygon
    Noble Polygon 6 days ago +6

    When I was in Bordeaux I was told that they even find Parisians obnoxious. Bordeaux was full of friendly Frenchies ❤

  • Username
    Username 2 months ago +13172

    Italian and Japanese are so ecstatic and practically adopt you if you use a single broken word in their language

    • mattuwu
      mattuwu 2 months ago +1283

      One time I greeted a Japanese transfer student in my pottery class (just a little “ohayō” in a funny deep voice) and he went “oh!!”, clapped, and gave me a thumbs-up.
      Another time he forgot the word for porcupine and he said “What’s the animal - spiky rat?” I showed him a picture of a hedgehog. “Yes? but dangerous and more big” (porcupine and hedgehog are the same word in Japanese). To this day, I still call porcupines “big spiky rats”.

    • Princess ♡
      Princess ♡ 2 months ago +80

      ​@mattuwu haha that's incredible, I'm gonna start calling them that 😆

    • Raptorsified
      Raptorsified 2 months ago +146

      ​@mattuwulol the man paused for a second and just literally translated it. In Japanese it's "harinezumi" ハリネズミ, it didn't occur to me until I read this though that there's no distinction between hedgehogs and porcupines.

    • Mycroft Knight
      Mycroft Knight 2 months ago +69

      I don’t know about Italian but I can assure that is 100% for Japanese. I can still here their words “nihongo ha jouzu desu me”

    • Dildo comics
      Dildo comics 2 months ago +3

      Defo not japan

  • Savannah Jones
    Savannah Jones 23 days ago +38

    We spent 2 hours in a little restaurant speaking to the owners in half spanish (because there's overlap with a lot of words) and half google translated italian. They were so kind and even shared their private stash of alcohol that they had brought in to celebrate one of their birthdays that evening.

  • Petite
    Petite 24 days ago +1

    When I went to Paris on a school trip - I was one of the few in my group who was confident enough to speak to people in French (though it was poor French) a student kindly spent 5 minutes trying to help me with directions as I half spoke, half pantomimed with her and a gentleman at a street food stand was very kind and happy that I was doing my best to order for my friends and myself in French.
    Granted - I was like 14 at the time, and while I am Canadian, in my province they teach us international French which is closer to the French in France rather than Quebec so maybe my circumstances reflected that??

  • ‘Tiano
    ‘Tiano 2 months ago +17828

    I’ve been learning French for two years now and I go to Paris often. I speak to them in French and when they immediately assume I’m an American and respond to me in English I tell them in French “desolé, je parle pas anglais, je parle portugais” (sorry I don’t speak English, I speak Portuguese -which I do) and those who don’t speak Portuguese look so annoyed they have to keep speaking French to me. 😂😂😂
    But I’m not letting them make me miss out on practicing

    • Morgan
      Morgan 2 months ago +1282

      That's genius tbh

    • Naomi and Corvin
      Naomi and Corvin 2 months ago +98


    • find me ☀️
      find me ☀️ 2 months ago +664

      Good for you. God the French drive me up the wall.

    • Florian
      Florian 2 months ago +156

      isn't it "
      je ne parle pas anglais"?

    • PinkiePie
      PinkiePie 2 months ago +565

      @Florian yes and no. In everyday speech, you can leave out the “ne” just as an english speaker could say casually, “I dont speak french” rather than “I do not speak french.”

  • Estefany Garcia
    Estefany Garcia 12 days ago +1

    When I went to France, a French lady asked me something on the street and I replied saying I don’t speak French only Spanish or English and she gave me … THE DIRTIEST LOOK AND WALKED AWAY IN DISGUST
    this was 7 years ago, I cannot forget

  • Andrea Cortez Tasayco
    Andrea Cortez Tasayco 17 days ago +1

    My experience in Paris was that the waitress actually ignored us (we spoke in english, and the restaurant was on a very touristic area) and didn’t even look at us in the eyes when we were trying to order. She directly talked to the next person in line. She was extremely rude. Unfortunately racism there happens more often and it seems to be normalized. The place was called Merci Jerome Kleber, dont go there if you are a tourist.

  • Dehns
    Dehns 2 months ago +5171

    The thing about Italians is spot on. Went as a teen and every place was so excited we were interested in learning their language and they were so encouraging. 10/10 would return many times.

    • LittleMaitea
      LittleMaitea 2 months ago +62

      The Nonna of my husband was so happy when we called for her birthday and my husband told me beforehand to just say „Augurie Nonna“
      She was soooooo happy I didn’t understand what she said but you could hear her. She is such a sweet lady.

    • G_Leader5
      G_Leader5 2 months ago +58

      Thing is (speaking as an italian myself), italian is a really difficult language and it's only spoken in Italy or between italian immigrants in other countries.
      We feel a bit awed and proud when someone tries to speak the basics while visiting our country, it shows interest and it's always a good thing.
      Of course we don't expect to hear a great grammar or pronunciation, but even a "ciao, posso chiedere?" meaning "hi, can i ask (something)?" is worth a smile :)
      P.s. you're welcome anytime here! :D

    • G_Leader5
      G_Leader5 2 months ago +12

      ​@LittleMaitea That was so sweet of you!
      Everytime an old nonna/nonno hears an "Auguri!" you can really tell you've made their day 😂

    • Dehns
      Dehns 2 months ago +3

      @G_Leader5 I love the language, it's so unique how it sounds almost like this language, almost like that language, but it's it's own unique beautiful gem as well.
      And I suppose the attitude towards foreigners was surprising but familiar since the better parts of America are like that. Attempt to communicate, lingual, poor grammar, gestures and pointing, whatever we're just happy to interact with another human and help problem solve together. It was really nice to see that overseas.

    • stello
      stello 2 months ago +3

      ​@G_Leader5 italian is actually in the 1. category for language difficulty as an english speaker, which is the easiest. It only takes around 23-25 weeks to become decent at it.

  • Jasmine Cork
    Jasmine Cork 19 hours ago +1

    I just traveled from Europe and he’s exactly correct!!! Italy loves when you speak their native language the French are not that impressed. 😂😂😂

  • Shinobi-No-Bueno
    Shinobi-No-Bueno Day ago +1

    Americans may correct your English but the French will suggest you correct your existence if you misspeak

  • Jake Taylor
    Jake Taylor 2 months ago +16257

    It's truuuueee lol. I took French for 13 years, I have a degree in French, but if they hear even a whisper of an accent when you try speaking French, they will call you on it by responding in English lol

    • Ole
      Ole 2 months ago +700

      It's just because we're so happy to have any occasion to speak english!

    • blaster915
      blaster915 2 months ago +831

      I've lived 25 years in french Switzerland and THIS is why my french remains terrible despite my best efforts to learn!! It's either perfect, or you're not one of them.

    • Jake Taylor
      Jake Taylor 2 months ago +193

      @Ole that's actually so reassuring, thank you

    • Ole
      Ole 2 months ago +91

      @Jake Taylor our ability to speak english is young, I think we can thank series and youtube for that.

    • dreamersleepwalker
      dreamersleepwalker 2 months ago +543

      You know what I did? I’m petty. As soon as they do this I switch to a fast English and let them try to figure out what I’m saying. 😂😂😂 French ppl are so arrogant when it comes to their language. Unlike Italians … I have a heavy accent when I speak Italian, they get excited and even help you out.

  • billedefoudre
    billedefoudre 23 days ago +1

    As a french, it reminds me of my travel in Thailand, lol. They are SO used to tourists (like french Parisians are) that they almost never try to talk to you in Thai, or even between them if there's a client. They just do some kind of "tourist sign langage" magic, or speak English if needed, but won't try to answer you in Thai xD

  • Postal Dude
    Postal Dude 24 days ago

    i was in paris with my girlfriend and i kinda had to speak french cuz some stores would straight up just pretend they don't speak english. they'd nod when i spoke english to them so they understood what i was saying they just refused to actually speak back to me in a language i know and it was kinda frustrating lmfao

  • Pratt
    Pratt 2 months ago +4404

    As French person, first of I'm impressed !
    Secondly, the employee may have been as happy as you to respond in English to show she could do it too because we are notoriously bad at foreign language lol

    • A. LR
      A. LR Month ago +48

      C'est clair! 🤣🤣🤣

    • ScottishFlower
      ScottishFlower Month ago +88

      Awe I like that mindset. Lived in Paris when I was 16 and I milked my shyness to great effect. The French were always super nice to me.

    • Linda VanJes
      Linda VanJes Month ago +15

      The French are NOT bad at foreign languages at all! Everyone I spoke French with, either in Paris or the countryside, spoke English back to me.

    • Jas & Scout the Lab
      Jas & Scout the Lab  Month ago +29

      Hmmm, not my experience. Compared to other Europeans (Germans, Scandinavians), the French are not brilliant at other languages and some are allergic to English.

    • hurt
      hurt Month ago +5

      @Linda VanJes That's just personal experience. For example, I went on vacation in Paris and our taxi driver didn't understand English, many bakeries/cafes didn't have english menu / speak English. Luckily, for the rest of the trip we had only people who knew English and it was fine except protests and the metro being closed on some of the days.

  • lowlychrismarks
    lowlychrismarks Month ago

    That actually happened to me in Italy once. Was in a pizza shop in Rome and asked the guy behind the counter in my broken Italian if he spoke English. He replied “Yes, it’s my first language.” Turns out not only was he American, but he was from the same state as me.

  • Ryan Brennan
    Ryan Brennan 24 days ago

    It gets even better when you hear about the fighting between French and French Canadians about who's the better French speaker.

  • braepau
    braepau 2 months ago +3965

    He said “une café” and she was like “this English white boy 🙄” 😂😂😂

    • ilovepizzaaa
      ilovepizzaaa 2 months ago +19

      What was it supposed to be?

    • izzi
      izzi 2 months ago +550

      @ilovepizzaaa un café since it’s a masculine noun

    • ilovepizzaaa
      ilovepizzaaa 2 months ago +35

      @izzi ah okay, thanks. I don't know why I thought it sounded feminine

    • AJ Vargas
      AJ Vargas 2 months ago +137

      ​@ilovepizzaaa well usually when something ends with an e, you can count on it being feminine, but café is just irregular, so it's a common mistake :)

    • Chch ChCh
      Chch ChCh 2 months ago +327

      nah, she prolly was like "ugh american" and not put "white boy" next to it, its france lmao putting skin colour next to everythign is an american thing

  • Ssylphie
    Ssylphie 4 days ago

    As my French teacher said:
    They always know if you’re a tourist.

  • Andrej Veljanoski
    Andrej Veljanoski 9 days ago

    This dude needs to do impression way more than he does them. Honestly never seen someone this good at that. Great job fella

  • Xargo
    Xargo 2 months ago +21628

    From my experience this is actually a compliment. If you go into a place expecting them to speak English they can get annoyed, but if you try to speak French and they see an effort (but can tell from your accent you aren’t a native speaker), they will normally automatically speak English back to be polite and try to help accommodate you. It’s not them mocking you.

    • DarkangelValyra
      DarkangelValyra 2 months ago +187

      Except you are British or German..

    • Aldo Ramírez
      Aldo Ramírez 2 months ago +706

      That's so not true, at least in my experience. My first language is Spanish and I speak English pretty fluently. One time I visited Montréal and the tour guide warned us that French-speaking Canadians are very sensitive about people speaking to them in a language other than French (especially English), so I went in a McDonald's to get some breakfast and did my best to order an Egg McMuffin and a coffee and I said "Je voudrais un œuf McMuffin et un café, s'il vous plaît" and they looked at me as if I had disrespected their whole family in the most awful way. It was hard. They still got my order right, but they really looked unfriendly like they hated me.
      What I got from my experience is, really try to do their language and do it right. 😅

    • Xargo
      Xargo 2 months ago +238

      @Aldo Ramírez In general Montreal is still a very English speaking city in Quebec, in a lot of cases you could actually have Canadians living in Montreal that French is their second language. Quebec as a province typically prefers you try to speak some French. I lived in Quebec City for a couple months and Rouyn-Noranda for several more months. I came to find that the majority of French Canadians speak broken English but prefer you start a transaction in French. Keep in mind everyone is different and you did go to a McDonalds where employees are disgruntled 96% of the time anyways lol.

    • Emily Dixon
      Emily Dixon 2 months ago +126

      I'm fluent in both French and English and often offer to switch to English when tourists are struggling in Paris. I mean why make things more stressful for them ?

    • lonefire333
      lonefire333 2 months ago +134

      The French are known for getting pissed at people for butchering French with their accents

  • paige ludwig
    paige ludwig Month ago

    The French can sense non French people. Not saying they hate them, but they know foreigners

  • David Struve
    David Struve 29 days ago

    We had a French exchange student at my school as part of us learning French. One day he asked why English people had such a hard time learning his language when quite a bit of French is still part of our English language, and we've had literally years to learn it yet still butcher it. Our teacher (who was also French) explained it in a way that had never occurred to me. It's because we're not just having to learn a new language - we're having to learn a whole new _framework_ of how a language works _on top_ of learning the actual language itself. And it was the framework that made it the most difficult and what we messed up on the most. Because French is a gendered language whilst English isn't, so our brains are literally not wired to process gendered languages properly. We still try to speak it without the gendered words or get them mixed up, which obviously won't work very well with languages like French. It also didn't help that any time we try to get better by speaking it with actual French people, they get offended and gatekeep their language and make us far less willing to keep trying. Even going as far as butchering it even more on purpose out of annoyance and spite.

  • Alessandro Giglio
    Alessandro Giglio Month ago +14382

    We italians understand that it’s a difficult language to, both, learn and speak fluently. So if a foreign comes to us talking in Italian we are simply impressed and try to cheer him up and convince him to practice even more.

    • Gingerjuli
      Gingerjuli Month ago +142

      I was in Garda and tried to speak italian and everyone just responded in german... it was easier for me but wasn't helpful at all because I really wanted to practice italian.

    • Santino Dellacroce
      Santino Dellacroce Month ago +121

      Because Italians are nice loving ppl. Wish the americans treated my familu that way, they were born and raised in Italy and have a heavy accent. They have been discriminated against many times because of it.

    • Lollo Causto
      Lollo Causto Month ago +14

      ​@Santino Dellacroce dove vivevate?

    • Santino Dellacroce
      Santino Dellacroce Month ago +14

      @Lollo Causto io vivo a filadelfia.

    • Bookywooky
      Bookywooky Month ago +39

      Compared to French, it's not that hard.

  • August B. W.
    August B. W. Month ago +1

    I swear you can have like a full 3 minute conversation with someone in a French bakery and they will be like: “ah yes nice try sir but you actually used the wrong conjugation of that verb about 30 seconds into the conversation”

    • Music
      Music 21 day ago

      That's very true but we actually did it between us as well. French people correct other French people all the time, it's not meant to be offensive, it's just a reflex.

  • Red Dragoon
    Red Dragoon Month ago

    Sometimes people can tell you're foreign and just want to practice their English but are unwilling to tell you that up front 😅

  • Mymanslippy
    Mymanslippy 2 months ago +3486

    Display basic conversational fluency to any Spaniard and they will treat you like they have known you for years

    • Gwen
      Gwen 2 months ago +113

      Can confirm that. Spoke Spanish to a Spaniard in 2018 and since then I literally have a best friend who is Spanish. Not even kidding 😂

    • BiMiHi
      BiMiHi 2 months ago +44

      Can comfirm, had spaniards talk to me and a coworker for hours just because we knew like 10 words in spanish

    • MRoost Rash
      MRoost Rash 2 months ago +7

      Agreed. Same thing happens in Mexico.

    • Slashproz
      Slashproz 2 months ago +40

      Some countrys and cultures are much more welcoming. Frenchies has always felt their language is prettier then the rest and they most likely feel ur butchering it and disrespecting them.
      They are basicly americans in that sense.

    • Eli243 LG
      Eli243 LG 2 months ago +15

      I think it depends. I'm from the north of Spain and there are places where people keep more their distance. I'm from Galicia and here we talk a lot with everyone, even stragers; we just love conversation. But I went to País Vasco a few months ago and the people I talked to there were very surprised because I talked a lot even if we just men and I didn't care if they were men or women (because there men and women have a lot of rules and they baerly talk or interact, even when they sit at a restaurant men are on one side and women sit on the other side). If you go to the south people talk a lot too. I've lived here my entire life and I can tell your there are more cultures here than in half Europe.🤭😅🤣

  • John Smith
    John Smith 24 days ago

    I went to Italy, learned ciao, grazie and Prego. Italians thought I was the bees knees. Went to France, I can speak conversational French quite well, I had the same experience, I was about to order in French after I had greeted the cashier and she said "English please" I was like huh? she didn't even give me time to try and massacre the language. 😅

  • Mia Rasmussen
    Mia Rasmussen 19 days ago

    I’m Danish and I work in a café, and even though I think it’s super sweet when tourists try to order in Danish, I always secretly think “look, this would be so much easier for the both of us if we just spoke English”

  • Kat
    Kat 2 months ago +3902

    Lmao there is nothing I don’t love about this guy. Constantly hilarious and accurate which makes it even more hysterical.

    • hadi jando
      hadi jando 2 months ago +10

      Yeah especially when he is abroad 🤣

    • TheRealAlexLovett
      TheRealAlexLovett 2 months ago +2

      @hadi jandono he’s a guy

    • AJ Kash
      AJ Kash 2 months ago

      @TheRealAlexLovett 😂😂😂😂 this comment made me laugh so hard. Too punny

    • AJ Kash
      AJ Kash 2 months ago +1

      I love his murica accent

    • hadi jando
      hadi jando 2 months ago

      @TheRealAlexLovett Bro abroad I mean like outside of the United States 🇺🇸 so out of the country...

  • zzevonplant
    zzevonplant Month ago

    My friend studied French for like 9 years straight, and this kid was TOTALLY fluent, he'd say something and it sounded exactly like a native speaker - and he went there, and they still constantly made fun of him for his "bad" French. Someone would correct him on a word and say that no, it's pronounced like, "X" and it was literally exactly the same as what he said. I swear some people in France (not all, of course) are just mean and stuck up and want to make you feel bad if you're some loser American that DARES to try to be as cool as them lol.

  • Eva HC
    Eva HC 2 days ago

    We used to visit Calais with school, as a British child learning French. The teacher would say "practise your French" but the moment someone from Calais hears an English accent, they immediately switch to English 😂 It was impossible to have a conversation in French 😂
    Other parts of France are completely different though.

  • NoriMori
    NoriMori 2 months ago +12459

    I'm in Japan right now, and if I ask any employee even the most simple question in Japanese, they respond in natural speed Japanese that's way beyond my level as if talking to a native speaker 😂 And then I feel terrible asking them to repeat themselves or speak slower. But so far everyone's been really patient and polite with me ❤

    • G
      G 2 months ago +164

      I’ve lost my ability to speak japanese fluently so whenever im in a convenience store there are always foreigners because theres a university nearby and i feel so relieved that they could speak english 😅

    • Thomas S.
      Thomas S. 2 months ago +28

      you could ask the question in a way that asks for a slower response

    • Acacia Ryomen
      Acacia Ryomen 2 months ago +51

      Japanese people are very kind and a lot of them can actually speak English. It may not be very good but it’s enough to get by. They are also very patient
      I love Japan. Hope you have fun.😁

    • confessionsofoncer
      confessionsofoncer 2 months ago +8

      Japanese people are extremely polite 😊

    • Raymoiful
      Raymoiful 2 months ago +15

      Believe me. I understand Japanese better than a Japanese person trying to speak English. It usually takes ne over 5 minutes to decipher they are actually trying to speak English 😅

  • You Tube
    You Tube 5 hours ago

    I am British but everytime an American pronounce “crosants” for croissants, a little bit of me dies inside

  • Kiersten Burtz
    Kiersten Burtz 22 days ago

    I had literally studied French for 3 years before visiting Paris and they were still like "hmmm. No. English."

  • Maria Moura Youtuber
    Maria Moura Youtuber 2 months ago +6502

    Exact same experience in France. I ordered a latte coffee in french and the girl just replied with "anything else?" In perfect English 😭😭
    edit: i love everyone arguing in the comments, at the time, my belgium friend assumed it was because the lady probably heard us talking in english before. My parisian friend in the meanwhile thought it was because I forgot to say "please", even though I said everything else correctly. Idk what the reason was, but it was just a funny story guys XD

    • Aaero
      Aaero 2 months ago +37

      You asked her for milk...

    • Maria Moura Youtuber
      Maria Moura Youtuber 2 months ago +241

      @Aaero I asked her exactly how it was on the menu

    • Champagne Mamí
      Champagne Mamí 2 months ago +88

      Sis said “ since we’re mocking “😂

    • Yumii Azuki
      Yumii Azuki 2 months ago +132

      @Aaero Hum... no? Latte coffee still has coffee lol. It's Coffee with milk, we have that in France too xd

    • Owen Roberts
      Owen Roberts 2 months ago +4

      ​@Aaero olé

  • Quinn
    Quinn Month ago

    I grew up in a state near Quebec so most of my French teachers were from Quebec and it would always slip that when they took students to France, they would get responded to in English and they’re like “French is my first language”

  • Dadinyan
    Dadinyan 10 days ago

    As an italian, we act like this because most italians will avoid speaking english as much as possible

  • E.-
    E.- Month ago +3730

    So true. I took Italian and French in college and whenever I made a mistake, even if it was the same mistake for the millionth time, Italians were always like “Even we make mistakes, don’t think too much about it, rules of our language are so hard.” They were always super supportive. On the other hand, if I made a mistake while speaking French, no matter how minor it was, they were like “If you cannot speak proper French, don’t speak at all.” They honestly scared me to the point that whenever someone speaks French with me, I freeze.

    • bubblegumplastic
      bubblegumplastic Month ago +33

      It's so true 😭

    • erin hurley
      erin hurley Month ago +90

      The French are why I can curse in several languages(including Southern. Yes, it can be a language all on its own)😂Nothing like cussing out someone in a language(or switching between a few) that they don't understand😁😂

    • ALB
      ALB Month ago +36

      Not everyone will respond that way; when I was in France people were super nice. 🤓

    • Aurélie Boudreau
      Aurélie Boudreau Month ago +24

      I always remind people that if you go to quebec in Canada for exemple me i live in montreal and the french quebecer are really really nice people!! Try here next time 😁

  • I Ron, Man
    I Ron, Man 9 days ago

    I was in France with an entire aircraft carrier full of people who were walking around asking if anyone spoke English. The French refused to speak English UNTIL an attempt was made to speak French. I had taken two years of French in high school and found it very convenient that they almost invariably knew more English than I knew French. Hey, at least they didn't roll their judging eyes at me and pretend I didn't exist...

  • Charlie_Xmas
    Charlie_Xmas 27 days ago +1

    gotta love how you visit one district in one city and suddenly an entire country are "all the same"

  • Kay Moraa
    Kay Moraa 2 months ago +6262

    I remember walking into a restaurant in spain and i perfectly had my order memorized in spanish. and before i even got a word out, the waitress went “hi what can i get for you?” heart broken

    • Caitlin Irelan
      Caitlin Irelan 2 months ago +171

      I'm learning Japanese so I can go to Japan w my boyfriend one day and not fully rely on him. I'm dreading the day I try to ask for something in japanese and they just look at me confused bc apparently often times when a foreigner speaks Japanese, even if it's fluent, they're like 🙂 and have no clue what you're saying.

    • britter the critter
      britter the critter 2 months ago +94

      Spanish is my first language and when i visit my home country they still try to speak to me in english 💀💀 the worst

    • Rachelle Cosentino
      Rachelle Cosentino 2 months ago +13

      This exact thing happened to me in South Korea. Heartbroken is right! 😂❤

    • Sergic Alcantara
      Sergic Alcantara 2 months ago +3

      Same thing happens to me in Mexico all the time when I first moved here lmao. Thankfully my Spanish has gotten so much better now.

  • AcousticSong - Guitar & Co

    The thing is, English speaking people hardly bother to speak other languages, they just expect you to speak English. So that was really good he did his best! 👍🏼

  • Thice
    Thice Month ago

    I did this, and she talked back in French to me. That was the moment I wanted to go back a few minutes and do it in English

  • frankierizzo0351
    frankierizzo0351 Month ago +895

    He has the most important part of the Italian language down, talking with your hands.

  • Jack Dren
    Jack Dren Month ago +2

    Bro zesty af until he started speaking american

  • Calli Arcale
    Calli Arcale 22 days ago

    Yes, that is definitely how the French show appreciation for your hard efforts in speaking their language; they immediately take pity on you and speak English, regardless of how well you spoke French. Still worth speaking French; they only admit they speak English if you try speaking French first. :-D

  • Victoria Meza
    Victoria Meza 2 months ago +2247

    I speak Korean as a second language and Koreans in Korea would be like “WOW! Your Korean is so good!!” But in LA, the Korean Americans or older Korean immigrants won’t even acknowledge I spoke to them in Korean and just reply in English.

    • Kori
      Kori 2 months ago +177

      This is because they aren't good in Korean since they have a few generations in America OR they are just used to communicating in English and doesn't realise you're speaking Korean.
      I look Asian and even when I speak English people assume I'm speaking Chinese to them. :)

    • Ig-nat-ius
      Ig-nat-ius 2 months ago +140

      It might be something they have a complicated relationship to speaking with a non Korean stranger in. I knew some east Asian folks who would always be approached by white strangers trying to practice whatever given Asian language with them in order to evangelize their religion. Plus they've probably spent a while feeling different in the place they moved to. Being seen as different by people who aren't like you can be complicated. I might ask them in future if they mind if you practice Korean with them (even if you're fluent, because it gives them a chance to say no)

    • L
      L 2 months ago +70

      They’re probably just tired of people doing that haha don’t take it personally. It’s awesome you learned a second language and are so fluent at it!

    • Christal Yu
      Christal Yu 2 months ago +98

      @Ig-nat-ius I gotta agree with this! I’d be kind of irked if someone just started trying to speak Chinese with me, despite their best intentions. It definitely has to do with the different cultural contexts. Immigrants have had to assimilate and suppress their languages to adopt English, we’re used to being minorities. There’s a differing power imbalance and cultural context that goes with this

    • Cyan Psycho
      Cyan Psycho 2 months ago +17

      Honestly depends on the context as well. I have Korean and Vietnamese friends some who've been here in the U.S. longer than others. Sometimes they grow accustomed to only speaking their mother tongue with their parents or at home and other times they just never learned or sacrificed retaining their language in order to focus on English. It can also be that they worked hard or are still working hard to speak English so it can be frustrating to put the work and effort into learning the local language (especially if you're older because as you age it's harder to train new information) and then someone who speaks the language you've been practicing reverts to speaking a language you know but has likely been restricting in professional settings. Doesn't hurt to just ask first if you want to practice or critique your pronunciation, that's what I do with my Viet since tones are so important. I also frequent a salon in Korea town and learned some basic statements for how long/short, please, thank you. Statements that can help confusion or show my thanks without implying that I'd rather communicate in another language than hear your English.

  • Kate
    Kate 29 days ago

    My friend is from Quebec and she will ONLY speak french with the thickst possible Québécois accent when she visits her inlaws (not with her in laws, lovely people). It annoys the hell out of all of them and i love her for it.

  • rs
    rs Month ago

    in québec, they’ll literally berate you to your face

  • qiyu
    qiyu 2 months ago +1296

    It's the way his face drops as soon as the word "France" leaves his mouth 😭 like that was a complete sentence

  • Blondie
    Blondie 29 days ago

    I was helping a french speaker at my job in the us and she asked me IN FRENCH what items were on sale and I gestured to the rack in front of us and said “tout ces objets ci” (all these things here) and she CORRECTED ME “tout ÇA” (all THAT) she used the emphasis and everything. Like girl?? Im speaking your language in my country for YOUR CONVENIENCE 😭😭

  • areyoutanyan
    areyoutanyan 5 days ago

    His hands motion during Italian explanation went over so many people’s heads 😂😂

  • RAGE
    RAGE 2 months ago +10269

    Matteo is so adorable when he explains stuff it’s unreal.

    • Someone
      Someone 2 months ago +84

      It's cuz he's acting like a castrated cigarette

    • K
      K 2 months ago +9

      Its called being naturally funny

  • Cindi Van Kirk
    Cindi Van Kirk 12 days ago

    When I lived in Paris, the French did not like you, unless you spoke their language. Luckily I speak fluent French having been to school there.

    THEBOYSINGREEN 24 days ago

    he went from fruity to drill sergeant and back to fruity in 3 seconds

  • wenzhiquan
    wenzhiquan 2 months ago +989

    This is true, I told my Italian friends I’m starting to learn Italian and they acted like I taught myself fluently 😳 . I only knew like 3 words haha

    • laughingvampire
      laughingvampire 2 months ago +24

      Italians and Hispanics will support you for learning their language even if we know you suck.

    • E Jones
      E Jones 2 months ago +1

      @laughingvampire7555 lol they still have their biases. my grandmother who grew up in Dominican (she was ethnicially Lebanese and spoke some Arabic as well so take that as you will) would praise my boy cousin for his Spanish and say mine wasn’t as good as a kid. I imagine it had to do with him being a male first born, something that culture praises.

    • David
      David 2 months ago +2

      @laughingvampire this is so true and now my half-sicilian wife thinks she speaks Italian but really knows like 20 words

    • Carlotta Pirola
      Carlotta Pirola 2 months ago +2

      It's always shoking for us to hear or see foreigners trying to learn our language! The only place you speak italian is in Italy so we really are impressed and happy if anyone likes our culture and country so much to decide to study our language, whitch is not the easiest. It's such a compliment and we are ready to teach, support and share our culture!

    • Camila Antelo
      Camila Antelo Month ago

      I am doing German and I want to impress the Lufthansa flight attendants with my German

  • Moons_of_Avalon
    Moons_of_Avalon 25 days ago

    back in the 80s my mom was road-tripping thru France, and she gets to a little hotel and needs to ask if they have a room available. the woman at the desk speaks english but INSISTS my mom ask in french if there are rooms available. now, my mom is not so good at languages and accents, so this lady makes her spend 5-10 minutes perfecting her pronunciation to ask "do you have a room available tonight?" and when my mom FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT, the lady tells her "no, but if you come back tomorrow i'll have a free room then"
    the french are WILD 🤣

  • Leothefiredragon
    Leothefiredragon Month ago

    For those wondering,
    He said this in Italian: “oh come on he speak good Italian”

  • Elendil-sama
    Elendil-sama 2 months ago +1562

    As a French person here I believe we're in the same position as you guys: we're so excited to be talking to English speakers that we want to also show off our English skills!

    • NomadicIslanders
      NomadicIslanders 2 months ago +55

      But if we speak English to you, it’s a problem. 😂 which is it?! You don’t want us to speak English, but when we speak broken French, you want to speak English.

    • Bimbo Lecter
      Bimbo Lecter 2 months ago +63

      ​@NomadicIslanders it depends on the person, not everyone is the same, chill

    • Phantasm07
      Phantasm07 2 months ago +4

      Only difference is we are unlikely to reply back in French

    • Elendil-sama
      Elendil-sama 2 months ago +3

      @NomadicIslanders I've never had an issue with people coming to me and asking me questions in their native language. I often see French people in the street trying to speak English or Spanish, using hand gestures or drawings to help lost tourists. It's nice to see people try though!
      But yeah we love it when English-speaking people come and talk to us so we can show off that French accent.

    • JMCRPT
      JMCRPT 2 months ago +2

      @NomadicIslanders And vice versa. People complain if we respond in English, and they complain if we respond if French saying we don’t want to speak English. Like, you guys need to make up your mind 😂

  • Never_4_Ever
    Never_4_Ever 19 days ago +2

    “bOnJoUr aH hAvE a QuIsChOn”

  • vilhelm vilhelm
    vilhelm vilhelm 11 days ago

    Most polite French person:

  • Gina Greenlee
    Gina Greenlee 2 months ago +453

    He's soooooooooo right. No matter how well you speak French, if it's not your first language the French know and the French will let you know they know. Just like she did to Mateo.

    • Pr0DiGY76
      Pr0DiGY76 2 months ago +11

      Of course we know he has a pretty strong accent and is making mistakes

    • Chloe Desl
      Chloe Desl 2 months ago +3

      Yeah the French from France have a thing for being mean if you don't speak perfectly French! Like sometimes they'll do like if they don't understand you when it's so clear what you say

    • A n a ë l l e
      A n a ë l l e 2 months ago +5

      @Chloe Desl it’s not being mean? They’re just trying to make you comfortable by speaking your language

    • nuagesun
      nuagesun 2 months ago +4

      ​@Chloe Desl That's not even true. The vast majority of French people on the contrary, respects the efforts others are making to speak French. Just because you've met a person who is mean, doesn't actually mean that we're all like that.

  • Annie Spencer
    Annie Spencer Month ago

    Took 2 semesters of French and use duolingo fairly often to stay fresh, but there ain't no way I could learn without living in the culture. Love the french

  • WIJA
    WIJA Month ago

    It's funny coz my fiance's favourite interaction with a French person was he was waiting at the train station in Paris and someone asked him for a smoke, I can't remember if they asked that first but it was the 'Are you American?' and he said 'No' and the person replied with 'Thank God' which he always thought was so funny so he would always tell us the story LOL

  • Yumii Azuki
    Yumii Azuki 2 months ago +890

    Okay, as a french person here, I HAVE to try and tell y'all we're not that bad xD While this happened to many of you and french people seem to be talking back to you guys in English or Spanish or whatever, it might not be to humiliate you! In my own experience, most french people are not very good in foreign languages (especially when it comes to the accent lol), if we don't give you an attitude while replying (in which case you're in front of a typical moronic french person lol, that happens for sure), it might just be bc we're trying to accommodate to you

    • L M Buckhalterjr
      L M Buckhalterjr 2 months ago +4


    • PJE
      PJE 2 months ago +23

      I found them quite lovely and enormously helpful; probably because I sought out their assistance in saying things properly.

    • ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ
      ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ 2 months ago +34

      My French professor (who was from Lyon) once told us that sometimes French people seem rude because, say, a cashier might not ask "How was your day" because they don't, in that moment, have the time to really listen. Idk if that's true at all but it definitely gave me a different perspective on the behavior of others that I might perceive as a slight. So that's neat lol

    • Rufiange
      Rufiange 2 months ago +39

      @ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ Yes, french people working in public services don’t typically ask how your day is going! So they might think you’re weird if you do haha but it’s not because they’re rude!

    • Yumii Azuki
      Yumii Azuki 2 months ago +50

      @ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ Yeah, I'd say we don't have that cultural thing of having to be nice. We are taught to be polite and formal with strangers, not nice. It depends more on the person, if you're more friendly, if you're shy... I guess for foreigners it can come off as being cold but in a way, I feel like it can be a bit more genuine ?

  • bne shel
    bne shel Month ago

    There’s no worse comment on your French skill if people from france answer in english

  • M Tourneur
    M Tourneur Month ago

    No biggie…the secret is the French language (in France, that is) is about 75% English words ‘adapted’ to their jargon. In other words-that’s especially true for Paris and the Riviera, they will not appreciate any effort you put into learning ‘la langue’ -just order in English 😂

  • Lea Michelle
    Lea Michelle 2 months ago +1019

    I cannot believe that this changed so much. 40 years ago as a German travelling to France but not speaking French at all, when I tried in English, every French person would just ignore me and pretend not to understand. Even if the term was exactly the same. We got involved in a car accident and the police simply ignored us. They do not understand and there is no one who can help.

    • Solus
      Solus 2 months ago +55

      Well, 40 years ago is quite some time. Nowadays pretty much anyone who has access to the internet speaks at least semi-fluent English, but back then I doubt it

    • Ingrid Åkerblom
      Ingrid Åkerblom 2 months ago +4

      Thats why you should try to younger people, more likely to know english

    • DarkangelValyra
      DarkangelValyra 2 months ago +23

      It's still an issue for Germans in France.. once a person at help desk turned away from me, saying a disgusted "Ah, non!" when I asked "Parlez vouz anglaise ou allemande?" (However it is written..)
      She was DISGUSTED. IN ALSACE! (It' the only pöace in France, they say, where people speak German)

    • Xem Corthouts
      Xem Corthouts 2 months ago +3

      This is still the case in alot of places in france

  • Riz
    Riz 23 days ago

    my friend’s first language is french, and they still replied to her in english cuz they heard her talking in english.

  • Betty Rose
    Betty Rose Month ago

    As a Moroccan who was studying in French for my entire life, I couldn't be this confident speaking French, Terrible! It couldn't get any worse than this 💔😂😂😂😂

  • Sunna Thorkelsdottir
    Sunna Thorkelsdottir 2 months ago +202

    In Sweden and Iceland, they’ll keep speaking the language with you long enough to go “oh wow you speak so well!!” And then they’ll switch over to English and they speak it better than you do

    • Rex Transformation
      Rex Transformation Month ago +2


    • May
      May Month ago +1

      Yeah because they speak English most of the time and they mix it with their own language...

  • Matthew M
    Matthew M 28 days ago

    This is interesting. I’m an English teacher and also learning a 2nd language. I think it’s possible that someone could perceive a compliment on their language ability as patronizing. It’s hard to gauge how long someone has been learning for. For some people ordering a croissant is a massive accomplishment worthy of praise, and for other people it’s trivial so a compliment might feel awkward or offensive.

  • Πυθία Απόλλων

    This happened to me in the Netherlands. You think for one second and they immediately talk to you in English. So I learned to tell them I don’t speak English and they have no choice but to speak Dutch to me.

    • Camila Antelo
      Camila Antelo Month ago

      When I go to Germany I plan to use the German that I learned there and I think it’s going to be easy for me

  • Magpie with a youtube account

    It's SO true. I'm an Italian, I've studied french for 8 years, and not only do they not answer in french, they can STILL immediately clock my accent and answer in Italian. Kind of humiliating 😅

    • teacup
      teacup 2 months ago +41

      It’s not humiliating they are arrogant and snobby

    • Astronoteek
      Astronoteek 2 months ago +48

      ​@teacup Tell me you don't understand French culture without telling me you don't understand French culture...

    • Kay
      Kay 2 months ago +23

      @Astronoteek Okay but I’m curious if this is French culture what is the reason they do this? It seems odd to speak to someone in a language that the person isn’t speaking. Are French people against foreigners speaking their language?

    • v
      v 2 months ago +6

      @Astronoteek what is French culture?

    • MAELLE
      MAELLE 2 months ago +54

      French here 👋🏻
      It's just that in France there's a LOT of foreigners, either living there, or tourists, especially in Paris. French people are not so good with languages so they understand the struggle of trying to communicate in another language. If they hear you speak with a strong accent or struggling, they will try to switch to English (an international language which the people in front of them most likely speak) to make the conversation more comfortable.
      And I couldn't tell you how many times people tried to speak French to me and I couldn't understand what they were saying, sometimes I don't even recognize my own language 😵 So it's easier to communicate in English 😅
      If you want to practice the French language, do it with people who know you, so you can take your time to speak, and explain to them that you want to practice ... Don't get mad at French people for trying to make it quick and easy in English for only a short interaction with a foreigner they don't know and will never see again 😅

  • Genghis Khan
    Genghis Khan 11 days ago +1

    In India it’s a mixed reaction if you try to speak Hindi, cause if you try to speak Hindi in the north, they will act delighted like the Italians but if you try to speak Hindi in the south, they will be unimpressed like the French 💀

  • Epitaph
    Epitaph 9 days ago

    At least she answered in English, when i visited france an talked in English in shops they refused talking in English, like didn't even try, and answer in french. Luckily i had someone with me who knew french

  • Amber Mae
    Amber Mae Month ago +375

    After years of French I tried a bit of French in Paris, a huge group of police officers nearby started loudly making fun of my accent. I didn't speak another word of French the whole trip because I was so embarrassed, a few days later some friends tried to get me to order crepes in French and the shop owner acted deeply offended when I wouldn't. I felt horrible. There was no winning. If I could go back as an adult I would try my French anyway and ignore anyone overtly mocking my accent.

    • Mathew Van Ostin
      Mathew Van Ostin Month ago +6

      If people can spot youre not fluent in french and switch to english. Thats mean your french is not well mastered
      You need to practice pronounciations and the way to build phrases. By listening to lot of french videos
      France has lot of native arabic, vietnameese, chineese, cambodian, laos, african, dutch, german, italian, spanish, catalan, portuguese british russian. Who speak french well enough to not being able to spot they are foreigner
      For the prounciation, you need to watch lot of french videos with subtitles. And prounce the world with the french alphabet sounds. Instead of the english alphabet sounds

    • Amber Mae
      Amber Mae Month ago +139

      @Mathew Van Ostin I never claimed to be well mastered. I certainly wasn't. But I was treated horribly for trying. If we are unable to make mistakes in the learning process we often stop learning altogether. Shame is a horrible teacher.

    • Mathew Van Ostin
      Mathew Van Ostin Month ago +2

      @Amber Mae what do you mean being treated horribly. The reason why reason us french reply to you in english. Is because your french dont take it personal is so bad it gives us headaches lol. Thats why we switch to english for foreigners
      We meet lot of non natives. Like italians spanish british dutch german russian arabic who we dont need to switch to english because they speak french well enough
      Its not because you took some french lesson in high school in las vegas. That you suddenly speak the language well enough
      Maybe try to learn french online. Work prounciation by listen to french movies tv shows with susbtitles. And your french will be good enough for conversation

    • Amber Mae
      Amber Mae Month ago +124

      @Mathew Van Ostin replying in English isn't rude. They mocked me, laughed at me, and imitated my poor accent in a childish way. Reread my first comment. I could care less if someone responds in English, I never even mentioned that in my comment. Perhaps some English reading practice would help you master the language.

    • Mathew Van Ostin
      Mathew Van Ostin Month ago

      @Amber Mae no you need to communicate better on what bothered you
      This is nothing its just is funny how you prounce the words
      But you seem to take you french language skills way too seriously and personal
      Use that serious energy to learn french better 😆

  • IRBest
    IRBest 28 days ago

    His accent wasn't completely horrible, so she probably understood completely. Even though I'm totally fluent in French, I still have to just continue talking in French when they try speaking English to people in order for them to realize that I completely understand what they are saying haha

  • kuro's life ^.^
    kuro's life ^.^ 2 months ago +762

    I will never forget the time these investors from Honda flew in from Japan and my manager was trying to make a great impression on them but they knew zero English. So when they walked by, I stood up, introduced myself in Japanese, bowed and they was so amazed! The entire mood shifted. They wanted me to tour them instead at that point😅 they was so happy to tell me bye. It was a moment for me

    • Tee
      Tee 2 months ago +39

      Your manager must have been relieved you took over. Japanese is tricky

    • Nyasha Toyloy
      Nyasha Toyloy 2 months ago +30

      This happened to me many years ago!! A Chinese delegation came through my office. And I stood up and said hello (most basic, I know) in Mandarin and might have said something else. They turned around and started taking pictures and saying hi back. LOLOL I felt like celebrity. It was silly but it os one of my favorite memories.

    • BrZan Di
      BrZan Di Month ago +8

      You deserved all that awesomeness! This is what appreciation looks like. Just never go to France if you want that. France isn’t even nice to French speaking Canadians. It’s awful.

    • A A.R
      A A.R Month ago

      Did you get promoted or bonuses?

    • Sophie
      Sophie Month ago

      ​@Nyasha Toyloyhahahaha with the pictures. My sister was in China when she was 5 and had a panda hat on. Guess what they did with her 😂😂😂

  • Pain
    Pain 23 days ago

    Same thing happened in croatia. The hotels receptionist just responded in english and I was crushed. I felt like all my ancestors were renouncing me at that time

  • Nelo
    Nelo Month ago

    As a french i think it comes from the fact that our language is complicated and we can’t bear mistakes. Like often people would correct each others if it’s not grammatically correct even if they are french. We are always criticizing but i think that we are secretly very attached to our language. Also french is a diffcult language and my country LIKES rules. It’s like the administration, politics, clothes …it’s in our culture. I am always impressed to see foreigners talk my native language though, it’s really hard.

  • Norm Ferguson
    Norm Ferguson Month ago +130

    That happened to me in Florence, Italy. We waited for our waitress to get to us, reviewing the phrases book. She came over and said “what’ll you have tonight?” In an Australian accent! Blew us away!

  • Artsome
    Artsome 28 days ago

    Learning both Italian and French.. never really realized how similar they were until I studied on my own..American English teacher can’t teach a foreign language with a darn!😅😂 I’m glad I had Hispanic teachers in college.. they lay down the law.. in the most polite way 😅❤

  • Katie
    Katie Month ago

    I didn’t have that same interaction in Italy😬 I would say “grazie” and they’d all say “You’re welcome 🤨”

  • Amy Moquin
    Amy Moquin 2 months ago +62

    It's so true. I butchered my attempts at speaking Italian but they're just happy if you respect them enough to try.