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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    Oh...another thing...I've been told by people who have lived in France that they are very annoyed by Americans who don't at least attempt to speak French while in their country...the American arrogance that everyone should speak English and bow down to their culture even when they are in other countries.

    It's not much different than Americans expecting people to speak English when they're here, and boy Americans sure are resistent to adapting to other languages...
    I have known many Americans who go to France and try to speak French and are then mocked. Actually, Americans are some of the best at trying to at least learn some of the language when travelling according to a survey (though they leave the messiest rooms).

    You try to speak French in the US most likely they really will have no idea what you're saying. You try speaking English in France and they'll just pretend.
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    What about French-Canadiens? You've got grandiose feelings of superiority married to... Canadiens.
    Must be quite the mindfuck.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    I have known many Americans who go to France and try to speak French and are then mocked. Actually, Americans are some of the best at trying to at least learn some of the language when travelling according to a survey (though they leave the messiest rooms).

    You try to speak French in the US most likely they really will have no idea what you're saying. You try speaking English in France and they'll just pretend.
    Then speak French in France. Or visit somewhere besides Paris. I think the New York comparison with the United States is very apt...people tend to believe Americans are so rude because of New Yorkers, but I've had not one but two Russian people tell me that our culture is more "polite" than theirs, so we aren't the rudest people in the world apparently.

    Also, I minored in French in college (and I highly respect their culture btw...) and one of the things about French is that there is more emphasis on politeness even built into their language rather than being more straight-forward like ours. You address strangers and elders and authority figures differently than family and friends, etc...so that may be another reason why they think we're rude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post

    Also, I minored in French in college (and I highly respect their culture btw...) and one of the things about French is that there is more emphasis on politeness even built into their language rather than being more straight-forward like ours. You address strangers and elders and authority figures differently than family and friends, etc...so that may be another reason why they think we're rude.
    It's true. Politeness and apparent respect is very important. Two centuries ago, even Heine, the famous German poet, noticed this fundamental difference between his language and French, and the way it deeply affected French lifestyle compared to his own. The German language, he said, valued truth and honesty while French valued politeness, even it was totally fake. Maybe that's what some here would misunderstand for "snobbishness".
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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    ..so that may be another reason why they think we're rude.
    Pretty sure it has more to do with foreign policy than foreign accents.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morgan Le Fay View Post
    Pretty sure it has more to do with foreign policy than foreign accents.
    Oh yeah that too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by marmalade.sunrise View Post
    Oh yeah that too.
    Yes. But with Obama, this factor is now less relevant.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    Yes. But with Obama, this factor is now less relevant.
    Why do French people like Obama so much? Is it because he has a good-looking wife?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Blackmail! View Post
    Tell me: why is France the most visited country in the world?
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    Because the Merrylanders buy cheap booze there.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Haphazard View Post
    Why do French people like Obama so much? Is it because he has a good-looking wife?
    Because he's polite, sympathetic and a gifted orator.

    GWB was the total opposite of that.

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