Where in Europe do they speak English??

Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 01:29 AM
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ann, my sister lives in the country in Dorset and Cornwall. She loves it and being a dog owner she makes friends everywhere. Actually she got my mother's friendly gene (which I must have missed) ;-)

I think time is the period when you can make friends, "rush" is when there is no time.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 03:11 AM
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I never managed to understand what he said. I lost all my English. Strange.>>

I can think of a few times I've played that trick too. [in my case, it was german]

Bilbo - I've got a "friendly" gene too but the difficulty of uprooting oneself even in your own country should not be underestimated. Work and children of school age are great ways to meet people, ditto dogs. Doesn't the same apply to a bike?

Mme P - not pitiful at all, just brutally honest.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 05:01 AM
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time rich is the important game changer for me. "making time" for other people is also critical. moving is easy, joining in is harder and takes work. that is true all countries, at least the OP has managed to find out that people dislike him, which suggests he has spent the time to find out

"in an ee cummings state of mind"
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 06:10 AM
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I can't help but wonder if the problem is the reverse, that the OP doesn't like people and when the novelty of a new place wears off, he won't like the people again, wherever he/she goes.

My father moved to an apartment complex for seniors late in his life. When he & I were visiting several places, he chose one because he liked the food served in the dining room. A few months later he was unhappy and one of the reasons he gave was that he hated the food.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 08:53 AM
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OP,

You're either a troll or incapable of thinking the simplest thing through for yourself.

I knew many non-French speaking people who lived quite happily in France, content with interacting with their family and other anglophones. However, they often had to depend on the kindness of others and/or had to pay for translation help.

How difficult is it to project yourself into that scenario?
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 09:27 AM
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Cathinjoetown, how well liked are you where you live, lol? That is a really mean post!

Maybe the OP is paranoid and feels himself to be disliked when he is not, and therefore keeps his distance from people, and it becomes a self-fulfilling prophecy.

There's a balance to be struck: moving can make you happier if you move to the right sort of place for you, to that I can attest, but you are still you and carry all your flaws with you wherever you go.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 09:29 AM
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Yes, but the OP was "forced" to live in France - presumably as a child and hated it, esp Marseille. (I can imagine parts of Marseille where no on would be happy iving.)

But you're right - the OP does not seem to be applying any logic to this - but just constantly complaining that the rest of the world won't all speak English so he doesn't have to learn another language (or deal with the issues if he refuses).

The more I read of the this the more is sounds like Dobby the Turtle.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 09:32 AM
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oh, yes, dear old Dobby.

Whither the turtle, I wonder.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 09:38 AM
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The OP may also be young and therefore not as self-aware as all the wise people of Fodor's on this thread, ahem.

Cough cough.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 09:42 AM
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I'm always confused by people who don't think clearly.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 10:11 AM
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I'm always confused by people who don't think clearly.
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Please explain.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 10:16 AM
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Like mom used to say, I'm happy not everyone is as smart as me cause then I'd be average.

Then she'd have another glass.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 10:28 AM
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Wise woman.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 10:37 AM
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My mother is in a 12 step program and gave up Fodor's.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 10:38 AM
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Donehere & coldhere, are you related?
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 10:52 AM
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Only through hockey. Two former greats.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 12:07 PM
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Never "former". Once great, always great.
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Thank you Mme. It is true. Cold beat me out of the Lady Byng trophy many times so I punched him.

The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy, formerly known as the Lady Byng Trophy, is presented each year to the National Hockey League "player adjudged to have exhibited the best type of sportsmanship and gentlemanly conduct combined with a high standard of playing ability". The Lady Byng Memorial Trophy has been awarded 88 times to 53 different players since it was first awarded in 1925. And that includes Cold.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 12:49 PM
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I wish I knew more about hockey and had my chance, having lived 2 winters in Montreal before I could justify escape, but was so busy trying to keep warm I had no time for anything else. Congratulations Cold. From California.
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Old Apr 2nd, 2016, 02:06 PM
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OP, you could get a job on an American military base. You'd have to learn American though, but it is close enough to English.
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