Let’s get something straight. I have no idea why you’d want to annoy a French person. I wouldn’t. I love French people.
But perhaps you want to know how to avoid annoying them. So here are a few tips, with the help of Veronique from the hit blog French Girl in Seattle.
You can listen to the episode by clicking play right below, and scroll down to get the gist of what she had to say.
You may annoy French people if you:
Mistake France for Paris
There’s a lot more to this country than just Paris. Try going in soft on the other cities before declaring your undying love for the capital.
Think they’re all geography experts
On the flip side, if you just assume they’ll know about that tiny little place where you spent a charming week – you may just be mistaken.
Expect them to understand your French accent
Of course, French people will generally be very glad that you’ve tried to speak their language. But as all language learners know, sometimes a native might not understand that VERR-SAY-LEES is actually Versailles (which actually sounds more like Ver-SYE).
Keep reminding them about their French accent
French people typically know they have a French accent, so don’t feel the need to tell them how cute theirs may be. As Veronique says, you’re just giving them a reminder that they are a stranger. Of course, these kinds of comments are intended to be compliments, but going overboard can have the opposite effect.
Leave the stereotypes alone
Of course, there’s not much of a better way to irritate anyone than to use stereotypes about their country. The French are no exception. You have been warned.
And if you want to here the second part of Veronique’s chat, where she discussed being a tourist in her own city of Paris, please support the show on Patreon here.