Despite the fact that I live in Dubai, working for a French company has opened my eyes to many French idiosyncrasies.
[When in France, speak French…but also anywhere else if you’re a Frenchie]
The one I most detest is the fact that the French refuse to speak any language but their own regardless of which country they are in. I am constantly in situations where I am surrounded by French speakers whether in Dubai or Lebanon or wherever else and always having to work extra hard to comprehend their annoyingly wonderful language. While this is a language I have always loved and wanted to learn, I have developed some resentment for constantly being the black sheep in the crowd. Why do they have such difficulty showing respect to other non-French speakers? The positive news is that this frustrating reoccurrence has really forced me to develop my vocabulary and sharpen my listening skills. I am better able to understand conversations but my ability to respond is still somewhat limited. I have to admit that the above is making me even more desperate to improve, and fast! I cant wait for the day when I can seamlessly carry a conversation entirely in French. I hate to think what this frustration will develop into when I am amidst their people entrenched in a French office…
[Francophonians are everywhere]
Another fascinating fact i recently learned is that French is spoken by more than 200 Million people around the world! That’s huge! Ive also discovered that the French love to travel. I dont know whether it’s because my ears are now more attuned to their language however it seems they are everywhere! Hiking up the Sigriya rock in Sri Lanka, splashing in a beautiful pool in Bali, strolling through a supermarket in Amman…at least I know they are culture vultures and to that I am very proud to be associated. I cant wait to be a tourist on their home turf! I pledge to conquer all of France during my stay there…from Normandy to Brittany, to the Loire Valley, Corsica and Provence. And i will do it all fumbling with French but also speaking my own language…because I too want to preserve my identity on their grounds.
Viva la France et tous les francophone…comme je vous detestez et je vous aimez en meme temps!