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French is _my first language_ and they would STILL reply in English 😭🤦🏽♀️
I wouldn't have known to use the word travailler in that way.
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 ?
@Kelly Landefeld subtitles are incorrect there he’s saying voudrais
"Ah! Vous voulez dire du beuuuuuurre..." L'éternel combat du Québécois en visite à Paris 🙄
So accurate 😂😂
And 100% something my gf would do 😂
Nicest interaction between a tourist and a French person
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
@Maaaaeey🇲🇦 Aww I'm sorry to hear that, as a french native speaker I feel awful about their attitude.
@Maaaaeey🇲🇦 raciste ?
@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.
@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. )
Can confirm, we Italians are delighted when you try speaking a couple words in our language, it's the spirit that counts.
uhh... tortellini fettuccine
Facts lmao also dont read my profile picture
@Don't Read My Profile Photo okay
@Francis Leo thanks for listening
What happens if I try to make my Spanish vocab sound Italian and pray that I have the etymologies right
She understood you and did not ask you to repeat or speak english, you can be proud
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
@Kati de JongLMAOO thats never good💀
@Kati de JongREALLY?😭😭💀
@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).
@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
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.
OUCH that even hurt me lol
Im french and i speak better english than i speak french
Italian are the best, they are forgiving and appreciate when you try. Love Italy.
He's not wrong - three words in Italian and they practically adopt you.
It was same for me in Spain
@fiškus me too!
That wasn't my experience in northern Italy. They were *very* annoyed with my attempt at Italian
@Myr iam You've ever been to Sicily?
@Myr iam well they do have a certain history with North Africa. Carthago delenda est.
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.
This is the reality: most people already have a shit attitude towards the French, so the energy just bounces back
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
Your Paris story is different from everybody else's Paris story
@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.
@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.
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.
It just sounds so sad. They should be glad to have tourists and that they can make real money on them
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!
@Agata Borawska they make majority of their money from tourist. Ppl in come on 365 a year
@Ken Fern why if they are so unpleasant!
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
Wait this is such a great idea
Something tells me that she wasn’t trying to be a b**** but rather wanted to have the opportunity to practise English 😅
@braepau You're very optimistic about French snobbery about their own language. Its a well known phenomena
That’s not a fluent Italian I can tell
@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.
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.
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!!!
I'd be grinning like an idiot
I think they may have been making fun of you and you didn’t catch on.
@Boots and Cats that's what I'm thinking, sadly
A French person who actually spoke English. I am impressed.
Only in Paris
Oh the shade of it all.
Bruh every french person from france or canada speaks english how are you surprised
@Nathan that’s not true.
Europeans are mostly multilingual - the rest of the world’s population are at least bilingual, US? Not so much.
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 😂😂😂
When I was in Bordeaux I was told that they even find Parisians obnoxious. Bordeaux was full of friendly Frenchies ❤
Italian and Japanese are so ecstatic and practically adopt you if you use a single broken word in their language
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”.
@mattuwu haha that's incredible, I'm gonna start calling them that 😆
@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.
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”
Defo not japan
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.
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??
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
That's genius tbh
Good for you. God the French drive me up the wall.
isn't it "
je ne parle pas anglais"?
@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.”
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
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.
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.
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.
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
@LittleMaitea That was so sweet of you!
Everytime an old nonna/nonno hears an "Auguri!" you can really tell you've made their day 😂
@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.
@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.
I just traveled from Europe and he’s exactly correct!!! Italy loves when you speak their native language the French are not that impressed. 😂😂😂
Americans may correct your English but the French will suggest you correct your existence if you misspeak
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
It's just because we're so happy to have any occasion to speak english!
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.
@Ole that's actually so reassuring, thank you
@Jake Taylor our ability to speak english is young, I think we can thank series and youtube for that.
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.
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
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
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
C'est clair! 🤣🤣🤣
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.
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.
Hmmm, not my experience. Compared to other Europeans (Germans, Scandinavians), the French are not brilliant at other languages and some are allergic to English.
@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.
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.
It gets even better when you hear about the fighting between French and French Canadians about who's the better French speaker.
He said “une café” and she was like “this English white boy 🙄” 😂😂😂
What was it supposed to be?
@ilovepizzaaa un café since it’s a masculine noun
@izzi ah okay, thanks. I don't know why I thought it sounded feminine
@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 :)
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
As my French teacher said:
They always know if you’re a tourist.
This dude needs to do impression way more than he does them. Honestly never seen someone this good at that. Great job fella
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.
Except you are British or German..
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. 😅
@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.
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 ?
The French are known for getting pissed at people for butchering French with their accents
The French can sense non French people. Not saying they hate them, but they know foreigners
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.
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.
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.
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.
@Santino Dellacroce dove vivevate?
@Lollo Causto io vivo a filadelfia.
Compared to French, it's not that hard.
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”
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.
Sometimes people can tell you're foreign and just want to practice their English but are unwilling to tell you that up front 😅
Display basic conversational fluency to any Spaniard and they will treat you like they have known you for years
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 😂
Can comfirm, had spaniards talk to me and a coworker for hours just because we knew like 10 words in spanish
Agreed. Same thing happens in Mexico.
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.
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.🤭😅🤣
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. 😅
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”
Lmao there is nothing I don’t love about this guy. Constantly hilarious and accurate which makes it even more hysterical.
Yeah especially when he is abroad 🤣
@hadi jandono he’s a guy
@TheRealAlexLovett 😂😂😂😂 this comment made me laugh so hard. Too punny
I love his murica accent
@TheRealAlexLovett Bro abroad I mean like outside of the United States 🇺🇸 so out of the country...
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.
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.
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 ❤
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 😅
you could ask the question in a way that asks for a slower response
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.😁
Japanese people are extremely polite 😊
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 😅
I am British but everytime an American pronounce “crosants” for croissants, a little bit of me dies inside
I had literally studied French for 3 years before visiting Paris and they were still like "hmmm. No. English."
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
You asked her for milk...
@Aaero I asked her exactly how it was on the menu
Sis said “ since we’re mocking “😂
@Aaero Hum... no? Latte coffee still has coffee lol. It's Coffee with milk, we have that in France too xd
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”
As an italian, we act like this because most italians will avoid speaking english as much as possible
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.
It's so true 😭
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😁😂
Not everyone will respond that way; when I was in France people were super nice. 🤓
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 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...
gotta love how you visit one district in one city and suddenly an entire country are "all the same"
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
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.
Spanish is my first language and when i visit my home country they still try to speak to me in english 💀💀 the worst
This exact thing happened to me in South Korea. Heartbroken is right! 😂❤
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.
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! 👍🏼
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
He has the most important part of the Italian language down, talking with your hands.
Facts lmao also dont read my profile picture
Bro zesty af until he started speaking american
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
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.
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. :)
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)
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!
@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
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.
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.
in québec, they’ll literally berate you to your face
It's the way his face drops as soon as the word "France" leaves his mouth 😭 like that was a complete sentence
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 😭😭
His hands motion during Italian explanation went over so many people’s heads 😂😂
Matteo is so adorable when he explains stuff it’s unreal.
It's cuz he's acting like a castrated cigarette
Its called being naturally funny
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.
he went from fruity to drill sergeant and back to fruity in 3 seconds
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
Italians and Hispanics will support you for learning their language even if we know you suck.
@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.
@laughingvampire this is so true and now my half-sicilian wife thinks she speaks Italian but really knows like 20 words
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!
I am doing German and I want to impress the Lufthansa flight attendants with my German
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 🤣
For those wondering,
He said this in Italian: “oh come on he speak good Italian”
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!
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.
@NomadicIslanders it depends on the person, not everyone is the same, chill
Only difference is we are unlikely to reply back in French
@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.
@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 😂
“bOnJoUr aH hAvE a QuIsChOn”
Most polite French person:
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.
Of course we know he has a pretty strong accent and is making mistakes
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
@Chloe Desl it’s not being mean? They’re just trying to make you comfortable by speaking your language
@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.
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
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
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
I found them quite lovely and enormously helpful; probably because I sought out their assistance in saying things properly.
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
@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!
@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 ?
There’s no worse comment on your French skill if people from france answer in english
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 😂
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.
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
Thats why you should try to younger people, more likely to know english
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)
This is still the case in alot of places in france
my friend’s first language is french, and they still replied to her in english cuz they heard her talking in english.
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 💔😂😂😂😂
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
Yeah because they speak English most of the time and they mix it with their own language...
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.
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.
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
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 😅
It’s not humiliating they are arrogant and snobby
@teacup Tell me you don't understand French culture without telling me you don't understand French culture...
@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?
@Astronoteek what is French culture?
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 😅
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 💀
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
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.
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
@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.
@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
@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.
@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 😆
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
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
Your manager must have been relieved you took over. Japanese is tricky
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.
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.
Did you get promoted or bonuses?
@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 😂😂😂
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
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.
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!
Facts lmao also dont read my profile picture
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 😅❤
I didn’t have that same interaction in Italy😬 I would say “grazie” and they’d all say “You’re welcome 🤨”
It's so true. I butchered my attempts at speaking Italian but they're just happy if you respect them enough to try.