Monday November 21st, 2011

Luxury brands in Paris have understood it: money comes mainly from tourists; and if they will need them to spend at their shops, they have to make sure they understand what you’re telling them. So now all  the big shops have salesmen from each country.

I went to Prada on Saturday with my sister. There was a Chinese saleswoman speaking to Chinese tourists. And then a salesman comes toward my sister and I. We were talking to each other in Lebanese, so he tells us “you’re from Beirut?” It turns out he’s Lebanese also, and so the rest of the conversation continues in Arabic. And I can assure you that most of the customers in the shop were either Asian (Chinese, Japanese, …) or Lebanese.

Speaking of mix of languages, we had diner on Saturday night with our Lebanese friend and his Colombian wife in an Argentinean restaurant. And then on Sunday we were invited to lunch by our other Lebanese friend and his French wife. We had a French meal called Tartiflette (made of potatoes, bacon and Reblochon cheese) and as digestive we had Lebanese coffee 🙂

Tartiflette (not bad, but I wouldn't have it everyday)

Lebanese coffee

I guess this is all what globalization is about, isn’t it? From now on people will have to get used to hearing different languages in which ever country they’re in, they can eat any meal coming from any country no matter where they are in the world, and it won’t be awkward at all. Hopefully this will not lead to having all the cultures merged into one big common mixture; it’s nice to have each country with its personal specifications.

What do you think? It’ll be interesting to see what others think about internationalization 🙂

See you tomorrow!




2 Responses to “Monday November 21st, 2011”
  1. Magnesium says:

    This is the best part of the globalisation: cultural exchange…
    And we don’t want to talk about the bad part right?
    We leave it to José Bové!

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