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How hard to spend time in Alesia/Paris w/o knowing French?

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I know, I know, another American who never bothered to learn another language. In my defense i did try the Pimsleur French several years back and made it through 2 or 3 CDs and thinking I was getting really good made the mistake of going to a French Movie in NY and getting lost from the first word. Humbling.

In any event business is taking me to Europe and I planned on for part of the trip to sublet and found a really nice place in a neighborhood called Alesia. Apparently cafes, metro, boulangerie, patisserie, cafes, etc so it can be quite livable. I will of course do some exploring of 'central paris' but this seemed a nice way to experience the city (as when I tell people visiting Manhattan to get off the beaten path and experience 'the real city').

In any event, seeing as I speak maybe 10 words in French these days, will I be able to manage for a month? Will locals be pissed if I say I don't speak french (I'll learn to say that well) or do you/can you speak English or will it make my life unpleasant even if I do find bilingual Parisians (or Alesians)?

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