Wednesday January 18th, 2012

Have you ever noticed how French don’t articulate well when they speak?

You have to concentrate very well to understand what they are talking about. They have the ability to tell you a whole story in just a couple of seconds! You might not have understood anything, but the story will be done before you know it, and you’d better not say that you didn’t get it. Anyway if you will mention anything like “can you repeat?” or “what did you say?” they will immediately know that you’re not French 😛 Sometimes when I go to the market, the salesman asks me a question, and I just stand there, not knowing what he said. As soon as I ask him to say it again, he immediately knows that I’m not from around here (“Vous n’êtes pas d’ici vous, hein?”)!

They even have a special technique to speed up the story: they have created abbreviations (also known as apocope (don’t you love it when I teach you something new? :P))  for a bunch of words; some of them are even in the dictionary now I think! Like for example instead of saying “décaffeiné” (decaffeinated coffee) they say “déca”; instead of “à tout à l’heure” (see you later) they say “à toute”, instead of “aperitif” (the drink they have before diner) they say “appéro”; and the list can go on forever!!

So my advice to you is, if you’re thinking of coming to France one day, first of all, in addition to the language dictionary bring with you the apocopes one, and second learn how to be VERY attentive and concentrated when people speak to you 😛

Our friend, on another hand, considered that our lunch today was very French: very fast to gobble 😛

Broccolli soup with white cheese (thanks sis again for the book :P)

See you tomorrow!

3 Responses to “Wednesday January 18th, 2012”
  1. tania says:

    I very like your post today:))) except of the soup, il a raison your friend i would die eating this lol but sahteinnnnnnnnn

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  1. […] associations, laws, etc… And their list is as big as the abbreviations list we talked about before! I don’t know how they keep track of them […]

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