The Rudeness.

There’s one type of French people that I cannot stand. Those people who think they have every right to tell you that what you are doing/thinking is not right. They are nosy, pushy, and they jump to conclusions too fast and too often. They are condescending, arrogant, and just plain mean. I hate these people. And the best part? They are usually wrong in their “justification” of why you are wrong in the first place!

Sometimes this is the reason why I don’t want to go outside or downtown. I’m afraid of running into a rude Frenchie who thinks it’s perfectly ok to tell me that I am doing something “wrong” (according to them.) I wish these people would learn to just keep their mouths shut, but I know that’s not going to happen.

Some of my experiences include the woman who yelled at me for walking the dog on the SIDEWALK BACK TO MY APARTMENT because she thought that I was letting him go to the bathroom on the grass, when I had, in fact, taken him very far away to do his business. But she apparently didn’t hear/didn’t care what I had to say because she just kept repeating over and over again that dogs are not allowed on the grass and that children play there, etc. All this, while I was on the SIDEWALK! After I got back inside, I realized that she had parked in the lot for my building and she lives in the next building over, which is completely forbidden. I seriously wanted to egg her car, but I didn’t. Pas encore….

Then last week when I was waiting in a check-out line at the store, a punk teenager turns up the volume on his cell phone/mp3 player. (Why did anyone think this product would be anything more than an annoyance?) A loud woman at the back of the line goes off on him and commands him to turn it off, and then continues on about how if everyone had a cell phone that played music, on ne serait jamais tranquil and blah blah blah… She just wouldn’t stop talking. I was glad the kid turned his phone off, but I wanted to yell at the woman for being such a garce.

And two other experiences that I’ve read just in the past few days:

Poor Joy was just trying to ask a question, and a crêpe vendor treats her like an idiot.

Mlle Smith is patronized for “thinking like an American” after explaining her opinion on Sarkozy’s reluctance for Turkey to join the EU… and then informed that Turkey does not border Iraq or Iran. And people think Americans are bad at geography?

They constantly try to belittle you and convince the whole world that you are an idiot and that they know everything. But for the others who are standing nearby and have to listen to their rants… well, it makes those people look like complete jerks.

I’m definitely not saying that all French people are like this. I hate generalizing about a country’s population, such as “all Americans love hamburgers and Coke.” But it does seem that the French just don’t know when they have crossed the line sometimes…

The only good thing about their rudeness is that it’s directed at everyone, not just foreigners!

Why French Grammar is Hard

+-*Sam’s recent post about the three nouns in French that are masculine when singular, yet feminine when plural (amour, délice, orgue) got me thinking about other ridiculous grammar rules in French. So I give you (some of the) reasons why French grammar is a cruel joke for those trying to learn it: 1. Use of […]

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Possible good news

+-*I talked to the responsable at my old school (Lycée Charles Baudelaire) this morning, and he’s going to try to get me a job this year. Apparently there’s a meeting at the end of September (before the assistants start), so he’ll do what he can. Croisez les doigts pour moi ! Through the magic of […]

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Cosette no more

+-*I took my new kitty to the vet today to get checked out, only to discover to that she is a he. The vet even had a hard time telling that it was male, but yeah, my Cosette needed a new name. Apparently in France, you’re supposed to name your pets according to which Letter […]

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Drinky drinks.

+-*Why is there no plain iced tea in France??? I do not want your stupid Peach-flavored Ice Tea, Lipton. Can’t you sell anything else in this country? I can’t even find regular green tea in the store. Some people don’t like mint or lemon! ::sigh:: And why do so many people like drinking l’eau pétillant […]

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Another reason to love Quebec

+-*Why I love Quebec: Têtes à Claques TV is a collection of videos that I don’t even know how to describe. Some Québécois guys put their eyes and mouths into weird cartoonish bodies and wrote funny scripts, in Québécois French of course. Just go watch. This is one of the many ways I waste time […]

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FIA Addiction

+-*Just when I decide I need to get off my computer and do things in the real world more often, I agree to start writing summaries of French in Action episodes for the FIA Wiki created by my new favorite blog, Mystère et boules de gomme ! I’m going to write up a new page […]

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+-*David left yesterday to go to Ireland on a week-long hiking trip with his best friends. It’s not the longest we’ve been apart (I’ve traveled 3 times this year without him), but it’s the first time I’m home alone in France. Well, I’m not all alone, but Cosette likes to spend most of the day […]

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Meet Cosette.

+-*I finally have a pet in France! Her name is Cosette and she’s all white except for one tiny gray spot on her head. She’s so cute and kinda fat. But she came from a farm where the stereotypically old country French lady fed her soup and cheese, so that’s understandable. She’s getting real cat […]

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Pourquoi j’ai hâte d’habiter dans la campagne.

+-*Carole avait mal à la tête, donc je lui ai dit que je sortirais le chien. En rentrant chez moi, une dame qui était en train de décharger sa voiture a decidé de m’engueuler. Pourquoi? J’avais un chien. Elle a supposé que je l’avais laissé faire ses besoins sur l’herbe qui appartient à la co-propriété. […]

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Why is Jennie no longer in France?

I created this blog in September 2006 when I moved to France from Michigan to teach English. Many of the earlier posts are about my personal life in France, dealing with culture shock, traveling in Europe and becoming fluent in French. In July 2011, I relocated to Australia to start my PhD in Applied Linguistics. Although I am no longer living in France, my research is on foreign language pedagogy and I teach French at a university so these themes appear most often on the blog. I also continue to post about traveling and being an American abroad.


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