Friday, 21 June 2013
Do you speak touriste? Or, are Parisians really rude?
You know how all Parisians are really rude to tourists?
How you are fobbed off in shops with a gallic shrug?
How your taxi driver pretends he doesn't understand you?
Well, I have a secret to tell you.
It appears that 80% of Parisians can't speak English.
Or any foreign languages for that matter.
So don't take it personally!
They aren't being rude at all.
They are just being.....err what's the word? Ah, yes.....French!
It is for this reason that the CCI (Chambre de Commerce et Industrie) Paris Ile-de-France has produced a booklet Do you speak touriste? to help.
You can download it here and I recommend that you do.
It is an informative (and quite possibly racist) guide to the different nationalities who visit Paris.
It has some key phrases which all Parisians should know.
It lists their guests likes and dislikes, the things they want to do and see, and what they expect from their hosts.
It is so bad it is the equivalent of watching the Learn About Europe videos on youtube...