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Amy Alkon, Linguistic Parasite
I try to yank a new word or two (or five, if I can) out of every French-speaking stranger I talk with: Oui, oui...and...oh, sorry, how do you say me neither? Moi, non plus? Gee, merci! Of course, this goes over best if you make it seem you're doing it to further their comprehension of your end of the conversation, not trying to use them as a walking Le Robert (dictionary).

That said, perhaps because I looked kind of French today, I was asked, in French, five times!! for directions. A new record. (And I do know my way around Paris, so I can actually give them.) My favorite requesters were two Australian ladies (d'une certaine age), who started painstakingly putting together their request in French out of a mini Berlitz bookEst-ce que vous pouvez noooose deeerectay Me: Oui, je peux, Madamebut Id also be happy to tell you in pretty passable English, if that would work for you.

Amy avec Lucy.jpg

Posted by aalkon at July 14, 2004 8:01 AM


And, lucky you, I gather Europe is having an abnormally cool summer. The better to show off the jackets, hats and scarves! (Le Petit Chien is probably more comfortable as well.)

Posted by: The Proprietor at July 14, 2004 4:10 AM

I love the picture, Amy. Nice hat, by the way.

Posted by: Patrick at July 16, 2004 10:07 AM