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POWERPUFF71 Feb 29th, 2012 12:12 PM

Just back from Paris. It was absolutely freezing and beautiful and I hope to return when the gardens are in bloom. I always used "Bonjour" followed by "Parle vous englee?" and everyone said yes/ yes a little and the rest of the converstaion was in simple english. Everyone was gracious and polite from the bus drivers to the waiters to the supermarket cashiers to the hotel staff. Bon vovage ! :)

Amy_D Mar 2nd, 2012 01:13 PM

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to let you know that our colleagues at Living Language really liked this question and used it for a blog story. You can check it out here: http://livinglanguage.com/blog/2012/...nch-greetings/

CYESQ Mar 7th, 2012 12:59 AM

Hey Amy, that's pretty cool. Thanks for posting that!

basingstoke2 Mar 7th, 2012 08:47 AM

In a market, if in doubt of the proper greeting just reach out and start picking through the produce. The proprietor will greet you. Works every time.

kerouac Mar 7th, 2012 09:09 AM

I don't know if anybody said that you should also say "bonjour monsieur/madame" to taxi drivers. For bus drivers, a simple "bonjour" and a smile are adequate.


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