Are French People Rude or Just Unfriendly?
In this week’s show we wonder: are French people rude? Is there any truth to the ugly American stories? They reveal how you can get French people to be nice to you AND how it’s easier than you think!
We’d love to hear your thoughts and experiences on this subject. Show notes and comments after the fold. Enjoy the show!
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1:30′ The difference between being polite and being friendly. French people are not as friendly, but does that mean they’re not polite?
2:00′ How Americans have a rehearsed way to connect and French people don’t.
2:40′ French people are more private. Getting to be on a first-name basis and using “tu” with someone.
4:10′ French follow a protocol on who they can be informal with. How using “vous” sometimes can be a form of distancing one’s self.
5:10′ Where does French politeness come from? Its historical origins.
6:05′ How should visitor to France approach someone they don’t know in France? Why you should say “bonjour” before you say anything else. Bonjour is the “open sesame” magical phrase.
8:00′ Strange places where you have to say “bonjour” in France. The doctor’s waiting room, the elevator (eeeeek!), small restaurants, etc.
10:05′ Saying “au revoir”, is that also mandatory?
11:00′ Public bus etiquette.
12:30′ Asian visitors love the fact that French people are procedural and very polite.
13:30′ Americans are spotted right away.
14:35′ Elyse and her mother visiting Carcassonne and the shocking thing that happened in a touristy jewelry store.
17:00′ The four words you must know in French: bonjour, au revoir, merci, and s’il vous plait. And maybe also “excusez-moi”.
18:35′ But French people CAN be rude too. French people believe in very small personal space. They don’t stand in line. It’s possible to have something that will feel like a stampede at the movie theater for the best seat.
21:40′ People will cut right in front of you if they can get away with it. French people stand really close to one another in line and if you don’t they might think you’re not in line.
24:20′ Some exclusive stores on the Champs Elysées make people line up to get into the store so they can do better crowd control.
25:20′ New Yorkers understand French attitudes when it comes to being in a rush all the time.
26:40′ Try to use proper etiquette in the right countries. People will be really nice to you if you try a little bit.
Thank you and we’ll talk to you next week!