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Tuesday, May 22, 2007

The loud & slow is no way to go...

Here's something I don't understand - the loud & slow technique of bypassing a language barrier.

Let's use an illustrative example here, kids. Person 1 (hereafter referred to as P1) is talking to Person 2 (hereafter referred to as P2). For purposes of this example let's say that P1 has walked up to P2, who is the guy working the door at the line to climb the towers of Notre Dame. P1 says to P2, "How long does it take to walk to the top?". P1 has inquired in English. P2 is a Frenchman. Hmm. P2 says, "Quoi?". P1 says very loudly and slowly, "How loooong does it taaaake to waaaalk (now he's walking in place) to the toooop (pointing into the air above his head)???" P1 thinks he's been clever, you see. Not only has he slowed down to the point of retardation and increased the volume so that people at Sacre Coeur can hear him, but he's added helpful gestures to get his point across even more efficiently. What a gem.

I swear, every time we had a great experience with a Parisien (which was pretty much non stop the whole week) we had to fight the overwhelming urge to advertise to him/her that we're American. No, really - we're American! See? We're not all total douchebags.

It was the most magical week of my life. The city wrapped us up in wonder from the first minute and we were completely enchanted. The people were so friendly and kind, all that "rude French" stuff is probably spread around for the most part by the loud & slowers. We spoke French, we made friends, we ate very well, we saw amazing art, we laughed until we cried every day, we experienced life from another point of view. We did it all. It was life changing. Pictures will be forthcoming.

Psst... now I've got a wedding to plan. *giggle* Like how I just slid that in at the end?

9 What people are saying:

Blogger Jenn rambles...

YAY YAY YAY!! I'm so glad it was fantastic. Even with retarded slow-speakers. I hate that.

(I totally know what you mean about the American thing...)

And my, my....yes. Very clever how you popped that in at the end. Awwww...happy endings do happen. Or should I say beginnings?


5/22/2007 11:37:00 PM

Blogger The Rover rambles...

Ooooooh - YAY!

5/23/2007 01:30:00 AM

Blogger patti_cake rambles...

Congratulations Honey! I love how you popped that in at the end. I want to see the ring!

5/23/2007 09:34:00 AM

Anonymous Pat rambles...

It's amazing how truly stupid Americans abroad can be. While stationed in Okinawa, Japan I used to want to wear a t-shirt that said "Not just another rude, stupid American."

All it takes is a little advanced planning, to learn just a little bit of the language of the place you're visiting -- words like "m'épouserez-vous ?"


5/23/2007 11:33:00 AM

Blogger Pam rambles...

Heartfelt congratulations!

I'm so happy your time in Paris was magical. And now that you've been to Paris, you can plan a trip to Brittany!
; )

5/24/2007 03:40:00 AM

Blogger Retro Girl rambles...

I missed you too! *hugs* Glad to see you had a SUPER FAB Time!!! I knew you would!

hehe We have a large Hispanic community near my office...and we were just talking the other day about how a gal in our office does that...She talks louder and louder...and we've told her "They're Spanish. Not DEAF you Nim Wit!!" LOL!! :0)

CONGRATS!!! What joyous happy news!!!!

5/24/2007 11:02:00 AM

Anonymous Anonymous rambles...

that call from paris was one of the happiest of my life. see? i really AM good at keeping a secret when i know it will have an awesome outcome. :) love the pic of you and M where your eyes are all red and watery. *mwah*

5/24/2007 02:05:00 PM

Blogger Fish rambles...

yup, it's a very Engish desease too.

Apparently saying "T.E.A" very, very slowly whilst miming a stirring motion with your hand transcends any potential language barrier

5/25/2007 11:53:00 AM

Blogger Fish rambles...

....and invites to write....(somebody's got to keep K quiet during the service)?

5/25/2007 11:55:00 AM


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