Paris: Day 2

22 Jan

Oh how the tables have turned. Yesterday I was completely incompetent in French and today, well, I’m still incompetent, but somewhat less incompetent than my peers. As hard as it may be to believe, I actually had a successful interaction with a French person today. I had to buy a cell phone and I was able to tell the salesperson what phone I wanted and what plan I wanted. Apparently most people in my program haven’t taken French, so after witnessing this interaction, all of my new friends were convinced that I was a fluent French speaker. Therefore, it was my job to speak for them, which I did. But I couldn’t have been too terrible, because my salesperson told her co-worker that I could be the intermediary between her and her English speaking customers. Also, on my way home, a French person stopped me on the street to ask me a question! I have no idea what she said because she was speaking way too fast, but I must have looked French. My confidence was restored…

Until I came home and played a game called “devine tête” with my ten year old best friend… (for all you non-french speakers reading my blog- read: all of you) this is like the American game “headbandz,” look it up. It was during this game that my new best friend reminded me that I am not, nor will I ever be, as good at French as her. But come on, saucisse and saucisson are the same thing if you ask me. And google translate agrees. Oh well, c’est la vie.

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