Something funny for your weekend: Faking French

Whew, I can’t believe it’s already Friday. We’ve settled nicely into our new flat and I am falling in love with our neighborhood. It feels so much more authentically “Parisian” – with cafés, boulangeries, bi-weekly marchés and plenty of fascinating people watching. The Ile St. Louis is sublime and we loved our three months living on the banks of the Seine, but there is something about being in a neighborhood that isn’t such a huge tourist destination that is refreshing and invigorating. To do any sort of grocery shopping we can choose to go to our local FranPrix if we’re in a hurry. If I have time, I like popping into the six or seven little stores required to get my milk, cheese, chicken, bread, vegetables and other various sundries. One really refreshing thing is that the merchants here aren’t always catering to tourists and this allows me to practice my French. I cannot tell you how frustrating it is to try to speak French and always be answered in English. So far that hasn’t happened here!

Anyway, I’ll take some pictures of the area and post them soon but for now here’s a little video on How to Fake French. I’ve been known to use almost all these strategies – with the exception of number four. Strategy number two is very effective – I definitely know how to make non-committal noises while smiling or nodding my head – when you find yourself cornered in a store by an elderly Frenchwoman who feels it’s her responsibility to let you know her thoughts on what you’re purchasing. Anyway, when little brown pen posted this video, I got a laugh out of it and thought I’d share.

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Hi! After five years in Europe, I'm adjusting to life back in the US. I use this blog to record my adventures, post photos, organize recipes, and post about things that interest me.
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12 Responses to Something funny for your weekend: Faking French

  1. realoves says:

    That is awesome, and discouraging as I could barely understand anything the French woman was saying, let alone respond! Hilarious! Merde!

    • Rebecca says:

      I’ll have to go watch it again to see if I understand the French woman – I was too distracted by the antics of the anglo-phone. Merde is right!

  2. marty says:

    very nice…i like the variety of mouth noises they make…more than the Slovaks!

  3. Becky says:

    Oh my, yes! about the elderly ladies in the supermarket. It happened all the time to me! I once spent an awkward 15 minutes with a very concerned lady who was sure I was purchasing the wrong broth. I found it so charming and nice to have someone friendly to talk (or fake talking) to!

    • Rebecca says:

      Oh good, I’m not the only one! Of course it happened to both of us. It is nice and charming…when you’re not in a hurry. Although, French life does seem to not really make room for being in a hurry.

  4. Awesome video! 😉 So funny

  5. redjim99 says:

    French, I have learnt in the Auvergne. When we went to Paris they said speak English, your accent is terrible. After five years I feel I can now hold my own in our local bar watching rugby, Clermont ASM of course.


  6. Nathalie says:

    the eating scene is hilarious, except that I wasn’t aware that french women ate! Surely chain smoking and wine drinking just replaces all the other food groups? 😉

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