The key to warming the French heart is saying the magic words - PLEASE and THANK YOU (Si'l vous plaît et Merci.)
I am American as apple pie, so things that are as normal to me, is completely alien to the Francophone. Les Paurves!
As my good friend Bob would say, "You can't change culture," and let's face it, the French have a million years on us Americans.
It has been a cultural shock for me living in the land of Ohh La La.
It hasn't always been easy and I sure it will never be, however I keep telling myself, it is a process and one day, hopefully in the near future, it will all sink in. Hopefully.
Common sense goes a long way here, and to the French, it seems, I was born with none. I'm just different. Obviously my American accent gives me away, even though my French has improved tremendously, but it's not really that, it is because I didn't say PLEASE!
Bum, bum, bummmmmm!
That's right! I don't say Si'l vous plaît. My mother should slap me!
Let me be clear, I am not a jerk, in fact, I am far from it! I guess saying PLEASE is not habitual for me. What is habitual for me, is saying THANK YOU! I can say Thank you, Merci, Gracias, Prego, till the cows come home, but PLEASE, doesn't roll off the tongue so easily.
Yes, this is MY CHARACTER FLAW and YES, I am working on it!!!
PLEASE cut me some slack.
AND PLEASE, when visiting France or even before thinking about it, mind your manners. PLEASE take it from me, your trip will be a lot more enjoyable! PLEASE BELIEVE ME!
The French are very old fashioned, and addressing other Frenchies, you should address them as if you were meeting Marie Antoinette herself, you know, before she placed on the chopping block. Oh, and don't smile!
To sum up:
Say Thank you
Mind your manners
Follow these common sense rules and the French will bend over backwards to PLEASE you! Now, if I can only remember to do that!
To Be Continued..
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
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