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- “Excusez-Moi” | 2019.05.23
It’s that moment of truth for aspiring francophones – you’re speaking French (or something sounding French-ish in your head) and it’s not going well; do you continue or sheepishly revert to your native tongue, relying upon the polylingual kindness of strangers?
We’ve all been there.
Well, I know I have.
Your companion bears an expression comprised of part embarrassment, part encouragement, and part “are you sure you want to do this?” while the native-speaking audience of your well-intended butchery politely redoubles their attention, patiently straining to decipher the pidgin while maintaining supportive decorum.. Heart racing, sweat starting, frantically scanning your memory for vocabulary and myriad conjugations – too ashamed to keep torturing the waiter, too stubborn to quit, wishing you’d paid more attention in class or forced your local friends to converse more in THEIR language!
You’re doing twice as well as you think yet half as well as you desire, but must soldier on -- it’s the only way that you’ll improve.
And this is simply to order lunch! Mon dieu!
Then again, you may be the other sort of “French speaker”; overheard loudly torturing la langue with a shameless hubris and nauseating accent that causes the collective Pantheon residents to perform an ensemble interred roll. Love that confidence, pity that ignorance.
The first kind profusely apologizes, the second type proudly preens -- either way, the garçon smiles and compliments your French as “very good”. Bless his heart, it’s a painful part of the job..
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