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#1 smallkuku

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Posted 28 May 2006 - 08:48 AM



must u seriously learn how to speak french in order to live there for like 1 year??
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Posted 29 May 2006 - 09:22 AM



It'll be hard to find a job there if you do noy speak French. I've met a lot of foreigners in Paris and every single one of them mastered the French language. Ofcourse, it all depends on what kind of work you want to do.
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#3 Olivia Praha

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Posted 29 May 2006 - 05:21 PM



i live and study in Paris
If you 've any questions, don't hesitate
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Posted 29 May 2006 - 08:54 PM



if your in school... then ya it'll be helpful if you know french

if your going to be working... then you kinda need to know it
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Posted 30 May 2006 - 01:08 PM



are most french people willing to speak english with you??
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Posted 30 May 2006 - 01:43 PM



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are most french people willing to speak english with you??
--- Original message by smallkuku on May 30, 2006 06:08 AM

NO!!!

In fact they're downright rude if you don't even try to speak French!

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Posted 30 May 2006 - 09:43 PM



Nope, they're not really willing UNLESS you try to converse with some French first. After like 3 phrases they'll realise that you don't speak French and will then speak to you in English.
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Posted 02 June 2006 - 01:18 PM




You should try to speak French first. It doesn't matter if you CAN'T speak it - just a smile and a bonjour, pouvez-vous m'aider or something simple will suffice. If they realise that you don't speak any French, then they'll help you out. Unless you're so obnoxiously American/English/typical foreign tourist.

But to live there for a year, you should really learn how to speak French.. you'll have a much better time.

Oh and I just lived there for a year myself studying, so.. PM me if you have any questions or anything.


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Posted 02 June 2006 - 01:35 PM



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are most french people willing to speak english with you??
--- Original message by smallkuku on May 30, 2006 06:08 AM

like others said, not really. first of all, a lot of french don't even speak english so even if they wanted, they can't speak the language. ppl always ask you for cigarettes in the streets (it's really annoying) and i always reply to them in english as if i don't know french (which i do, i'm french canadian). you'd be surprised that the majority of these people can't even ask for a cigarettes in english (which is like first grade english). the vast majority of companies don't have english language services so doing normal things might be very difficult (opening a bank account, getting a cell phone etc). another thing is that american/english are not the french favorites so if you open a conversation in english , they immediately think of you as an ugly tourist. but like other said, trying a bit of french goes a long way. and don't expect to find any english information anywhere apart from the tourist office. but Paris is a really nice city and learning french is not impossible so if you spend so time on it, you should be fine.
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