Sadly, there are those who think that if you shout loudly enough at them, they usually understand.
> Date: Mon, 25 Jan 2010 18:45:11 -0700
> From: [log in to unmask]
> Subject: Re: Leave the French out of it / was An Cumann le Béaloideas Éireann
> To: [log in to unmask]
> I concur with Philippe.
> Although I think it is rude to go to a foreign country and expect the
> natives to
> Speak my language....it is also rude not to at least try and learn some of
> Native language....
> Like they say: When in Rome, do as the Romans do....
> Andrea fid.
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Irish Traditional Music List [mailto:[log in to unmask]]
> > On Behalf Of Philippe Varlet
> > Sent: Monday, January 25, 2010 8:20 AM
> > To: [log in to unmask]
> > Subject: Leave the French out of it / was An Cumann le Béaloideas
> > Éireann
> > At 08:03 PM 1/24/2010 -0500, you wrote:
> > >In my opinion, it's just plain rude to obviously exclude people from
> > the
> > >conversations.
> > >
> > >I have travelled extensively to France. When you are the only person
> > at the
> > >table who understands none of the conversation, then this is truly not
> > nice.
> > >How do you know what is going on!
> > Why single out the French? No one was making an effort to speak French
> > to
> > accomodate me when I arrived here in the US some 30 years ago. I had
> > studied English, and I still had a lot of trouble understanding what
> > was
> > being said around me--some people even thought I was stuck up because I
> > didn't laugh at their jokes (which I didn't understand). But I listened
> > and
> > I learned. It's not easy. My wife, who is American and speaks some
> > French,
> > still has trouble at our family reunions, and I do my best to keep her
> > involved and translate when needed.
> > How did you end up at a table of French people where no one spoke
> > English?
> > Was there a friend of yours there who could have translated or
> > explained?
> > Mostly, though, why expect everyone else to be at your service. After
> > all
> > this traveling in France, one would think you'd have pick up some of
> > the
> > language...
> > Philippe Varlet
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