Matteo Lane-Ordering Food In France
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French is _my first language_ and they would STILL reply in English 😭🤦🏽♀️
I wouldn't have known to use the word travailler in that way.
Prétends de pas parler anglais et réponds en français.
Sérieusement tho ils te répondent en anglais ??? Wtf c'est un baille sombre de Paris encore ?
@Kelly Landefeld subtitles are incorrect there he’s saying voudrais
"Ah! Vous voulez dire du beuuuuuurre..." L'éternel combat du Québécois en visite à Paris 🙄
So accurate 😂😂
And 100% something my gf would do 😂
Nicest interaction between a tourist and a French person
I swear.. I work with french people, I speak fluently french as it is my second language and I don’t even have an accent while speaking it but idk why they are so rude and racist
@Maaaaeey🇲🇦 Aww I'm sorry to hear that, as a french native speaker I feel awful about their attitude.
@Maaaaeey🇲🇦 raciste ?
@Maaaaeey🇲🇦 of course they’re racist girl you’re moroccan. You do know they hate arabs and muslims et les maghrébins. Faut pas s’attendre à ce qu’ils soient sympa avec nous.
@Arbn They hate Germans too (though I guess historically speaking, that's at least somewhat understandable, but I always wonder what they have against people who actively try to speak their language. )
Can confirm, we Italians are delighted when you try speaking a couple words in our language, it's the spirit that counts.
uhh... tortellini fettuccine
Facts lmao also dont read my profile picture
@Don't Read My Profile Photo okay
@Francis Leo thanks for listening
What happens if I try to make my Spanish vocab sound Italian and pray that I have the etymologies right
She understood you and did not ask you to repeat or speak english, you can be proud
Right?! I tried to buy stamps once and looked up how to say it on google. I mispronounced 1 vowel and the cashier looked at me like i was speaking japanese... i had to show it on my phone for him to understand. It was rediculous
@Kati de JongLMAOO thats never good💀
@Kati de JongREALLY?😭😭💀
@Kati de Jong I guess the difference is the language, not the people. Italian is very consonant based and staccato. it's very difficult to mistake one word for the other. However, in French; 'en' or 'au' sounds terribly similar, but are two words that when swapped can lead to confusion (and funny sentences).
@Kati de Jong
In french a aingle vowel can completely change the meaning of a word (and thus your entire sentence)
Normally peoples will quickly understand the mistake and the intended meaning but some aren’t as bright as others and in certain cases the confusion can be so genuine that its hard to correct it internally
I ordered food in French at a restaurant in Paris once, and the waiter responded by saying “Don’t bother, I speak better English than you do French.”
It was traumatic.
OUCH that even hurt me lol
Im french and i speak better english than i speak french
Italian are the best, they are forgiving and appreciate when you try. Love Italy.
He's not wrong - three words in Italian and they practically adopt you.
It was same for me in Spain
@fiškus me too!
That wasn't my experience in northern Italy. They were *very* annoyed with my attempt at Italian
@Myr iam You've ever been to Sicily?
@Myr iam well they do have a certain history with North Africa. Carthago delenda est.
I love France and took 5 years of French in school, so I speak basic conversational French.
My First time in Paris, I went to a restaurant and tried my ass off to order, knowing it was probably not the best. The server complimented my effort (very kind) and stated that it’s just nice to have people try to speak the language. It really made my night and regardless of the interactions I have when I go to France (don’t really think I’ve had a bad one) that is one of many that counts and a reason I always love to return.
This is the reality: most people already have a shit attitude towards the French, so the energy just bounces back
This. I studied French for 4 years and when I went to Paris out of at 12 days I spent there I only had one negative interaction with someone because I’m American. Everyone else was pleased I was even trying and actually helped me along in conversation
Your Paris story is different from everybody else's Paris story
@K.S.D. I honest to god only developed my shitty attitude towards french people because of my experience with them (related to languages, not generally).
Example 1: Me being in the italian speaking part of Switzerland. 3 french dudes join the group and as we say hello to each other they immediately just talk to me in french. I politely tell them (in the only french sentence I know) that I don't speak french, but english, italian and german, and ask them if they might speak one of those languages. I swear, they looked disgusted at me and refused to even make any attempt to speak any other language than french... So we basically ignored each other for the rest of the evening.
Example 2: Working for an international company that had many open positions in the german speaking part of Switzerland. Jobs would be written in English or German and asking for people to speak English and/or German.
I swear, French people were the only ones that were regularly(!) call our office, only speak french and get irritated that I can't speak french. They also send their applications with a CV and message completely in french.
I have more experiences than those, but those are the ones showing the f**king entitlement when it comes to their language. Otherwise I like the culture a lot, but that part drives me crazy.
@Lola Sonne "I have more experiences than those, but those are the ones showing the f**king entitlement when it comes to their language."
Erm, don't you think you're generalizing a lot ? Just because you met a few French people who were rude to you about this doesn't mean most of us are like that.
My experience is that if you speak English to a waiter in Paris they’ll just ignore you. My dad has gone to Paris on work trips and he and his colleagues once sat at a table for like 1 hour being ignored. They left when they finally caught a waiter that said “no French, no service. Sorry”.
When I was in Paris with my family my mom had to do most of the talking in her poor school French. They literally sighed and scoffed in her face.
Also love when you speak to them in English and they reply to you in French. Had one woman tell me that next time I go to France I should learn French first. Like I don’t expect people to learn Swedish when they visit Stockholm where I live.
It just sounds so sad. They should be glad to have tourists and that they can make real money on them
In Poland we are always curious of people visiting us, sometimes we're shy because in schools we haven't used to speak fluent but still try!
@Agata Borawska they make majority of their money from tourist. Ppl in come on 365 a year
@Ken Fern why if they are so unpleasant!
A French person who actually spoke English. I am impressed.
Only in Paris
Oh the shade of it all.
Bruh every french person from france or canada speaks english how are you surprised
@Nathan that’s not true.
Europeans are mostly multilingual - the rest of the world’s population are at least bilingual, US? Not so much.
I had a really positive experience in France. I didn't speak French at all but the people were very nice. We were at a French restaurant in Paris with the family and the waiter was very pleasant, speaking to us in English. He noticed we spoke Chinese amongst ourselves and since it was late and the restaurant wasn't crazy busy, he took the time to explain a little bit of history of French food while we shared some interesting stories about traditional Chinese cuisine.
I tried to order in a small shop in Paris. My French was terrible. The woman asked if I was American, I said yes, and a younger woman came from the back with a big grin on her face. "Uncle. Sugar." "Apple." Everyone in the shop started sharing every English word they knew with me.
One of the most charming moments in my entire life.
I ❤ Paris!!!
I'd be grinning like an idiot
I think they may have been making fun of you and you didn’t catch on.
Since he speaks Italian fluently he should have gone off on the French cashier in italian for assuming he was American and never admitted to speaking english lol
Wait this is such a great idea
Something tells me that she wasn’t trying to be a b**** but rather wanted to have the opportunity to practise English 😅
@braepau You're very optimistic about French snobbery about their own language. Its a well known phenomena
That’s not a fluent Italian I can tell
@Staedler Ok Matteo spends a significant amount of time with his family in Italy and getting railed by insecure Italian men and is in fact fluent but go off queen.
We spent 2 hours in a little restaurant speaking to the owners in half spanish (because there's overlap with a lot of words) and half google translated italian. They were so kind and even shared their private stash of alcohol that they had brought in to celebrate one of their birthdays that evening.
I went to France and said 'bonjour' to this lady at the museum so I can ask for some directions, then embarrassed, spoke the rest in English... her face changed so fast! She was so pissed off I was speaking English she swore at me in French (swearing, basically the first thing you learn) and I was like wtf lol and left thinking wow, all the rumours are true. This happened all throughout my trip.
usually most french people would prefer if you didn't assume they spoke english in their home country - dont travel if you're not confident in your language skills. 🤷♀️
Try Québec I swear we're at least 10% kinder
@Taylor Dunn- Your country rely on tourists, so try to be more accommodating. English is a universal language, it's a shame you have this mentality, maybe you can consider learning it 😉.
@Taylor Dunn- 😂 Also, I'll travel wherever I want, regardless of what OTHER people can or can not do.
Italian and Japanese are so ecstatic and practically adopt you if you use a single broken word in their language
One time I greeted a Japanese transfer student in my pottery class (just a little “ohayō” in a funny deep voice) and he went “oh!!”, clapped, and gave me a thumbs-up.
Another time he forgot the word for porcupine and he said “What’s the animal - spiky rat?” I showed him a picture of a hedgehog. “Yes? but dangerous and more big” (porcupine and hedgehog are the same word in Japanese). To this day, I still call porcupines “big spiky rats”.
@mattuwu haha that's incredible, I'm gonna start calling them that 😆
@mattuwulol the man paused for a second and just literally translated it. In Japanese it's "harinezumi" ハリネズミ, it didn't occur to me until I read this though that there's no distinction between hedgehogs and porcupines.
I don’t know about Italian but I can assure that is 100% for Japanese. I can still here their words “nihongo ha jouzu desu me”
Defo not japan
I had an amazing experience speaking french to a restaurant owner who was a very happy and proud man, and he had no troubles conversing with me in my broken French and encouraged me to keep learning ❤
Matteo Lane is AMAZING live. He does crowd work so effortlessly, it’s like catching up with the fun coworker on a slow day
We italians understand that it’s a difficult language to, both, learn and speak fluently. So if a foreign comes to us talking in Italian we are simply impressed and try to cheer him up and convince him to practice even more.
I was in Garda and tried to speak italian and everyone just responded in german... it was easier for me but wasn't helpful at all because I really wanted to practice italian.
Because Italians are nice loving ppl. Wish the americans treated my familu that way, they were born and raised in Italy and have a heavy accent. They have been discriminated against many times because of it.
@Santino Dellacroce dove vivevate?
@Lollo Causto io vivo a filadelfia.
Compared to French, it's not that hard.
This dude needs to do impression way more than he does them. Honestly never seen someone this good at that. Great job fella
As a french, it reminds me of my travel in Thailand, lol. They are SO used to tourists (like french Parisians are) that they almost never try to talk to you in Thai, or even between them if there's a client. They just do some kind of "tourist sign langage" magic, or speak English if needed, but won't try to answer you in Thai xD
I’ve been learning French for two years now and I go to Paris often. I speak to them in French and when they immediately assume I’m an American and respond to me in English I tell them in French “desolé, je parle pas anglais, je parle portugais” (sorry I don’t speak English, I speak Portuguese -which I do) and those who don’t speak Portuguese look so annoyed they have to keep speaking French to me. 😂😂😂
But I’m not letting them make me miss out on practicing
That's genius tbh
Good for you. God the French drive me up the wall.
isn't it "
je ne parle pas anglais"?
@Florian yes and no. In everyday speech, you can leave out the “ne” just as an english speaker could say casually, “I dont speak french” rather than “I do not speak french.”
As an italian, yes we really get exited when someone knows our language, even if it's just a little. We appreciate the effort
He’s adorable hahaha
The thing about Italians is spot on. Went as a teen and every place was so excited we were interested in learning their language and they were so encouraging. 10/10 would return many times.
The Nonna of my husband was so happy when we called for her birthday and my husband told me beforehand to just say „Augurie Nonna“
She was soooooo happy I didn’t understand what she said but you could hear her. She is such a sweet lady.
Thing is (speaking as an italian myself), italian is a really difficult language and it's only spoken in Italy or between italian immigrants in other countries.
We feel a bit awed and proud when someone tries to speak the basics while visiting our country, it shows interest and it's always a good thing.
Of course we don't expect to hear a great grammar or pronunciation, but even a "ciao, posso chiedere?" meaning "hi, can i ask (something)?" is worth a smile :)
P.s. you're welcome anytime here! :D
@LittleMaitea That was so sweet of you!
Everytime an old nonna/nonno hears an "Auguri!" you can really tell you've made their day 😂
@G_Leader5 I love the language, it's so unique how it sounds almost like this language, almost like that language, but it's it's own unique beautiful gem as well.
And I suppose the attitude towards foreigners was surprising but familiar since the better parts of America are like that. Attempt to communicate, lingual, poor grammar, gestures and pointing, whatever we're just happy to interact with another human and help problem solve together. It was really nice to see that overseas.
@G_Leader5 italian is actually in the 1. category for language difficulty as an english speaker, which is the easiest. It only takes around 23-25 weeks to become decent at it.
Lived in Northern Italy for two years. Yeah, their English was far ahead of me trying to speak Italian. But they would always take such delight in my attempts to do say things in Italian.
When I was in Bordeaux I was told that they even find Parisians obnoxious. Bordeaux was full of friendly Frenchies ❤
It's truuuueee lol. I took French for 13 years, I have a degree in French, but if they hear even a whisper of an accent when you try speaking French, they will call you on it by responding in English lol
It's just because we're so happy to have any occasion to speak english!
I've lived 25 years in french Switzerland and THIS is why my french remains terrible despite my best efforts to learn!! It's either perfect, or you're not one of them.
@Ole that's actually so reassuring, thank you
@Jake Taylor our ability to speak english is young, I think we can thank series and youtube for that.
You know what I did? I’m petty. As soon as they do this I switch to a fast English and let them try to figure out what I’m saying. 😂😂😂 French ppl are so arrogant when it comes to their language. Unlike Italians … I have a heavy accent when I speak Italian, they get excited and even help you out.
Italians just genuinely love our culture so much that when people try to immerse themselves in it we’re proud that you want that
I once met this person who was Italian and we both couldn’t communicate through English so I started speaking Spanish and we both understood one another cuz Italian and Spanish are very similar and we were having a long ass convo and it was mind blowing to me
From my experience this is actually a compliment. If you go into a place expecting them to speak English they can get annoyed, but if you try to speak French and they see an effort (but can tell from your accent you aren’t a native speaker), they will normally automatically speak English back to be polite and try to help accommodate you. It’s not them mocking you.
Except you are British or German..
That's so not true, at least in my experience. My first language is Spanish and I speak English pretty fluently. One time I visited Montréal and the tour guide warned us that French-speaking Canadians are very sensitive about people speaking to them in a language other than French (especially English), so I went in a McDonald's to get some breakfast and did my best to order an Egg McMuffin and a coffee and I said "Je voudrais un œuf McMuffin et un café, s'il vous plaît" and they looked at me as if I had disrespected their whole family in the most awful way. It was hard. They still got my order right, but they really looked unfriendly like they hated me.
What I got from my experience is, really try to do their language and do it right. 😅
@Aldo Ramírez In general Montreal is still a very English speaking city in Quebec, in a lot of cases you could actually have Canadians living in Montreal that French is their second language. Quebec as a province typically prefers you try to speak some French. I lived in Quebec City for a couple months and Rouyn-Noranda for several more months. I came to find that the majority of French Canadians speak broken English but prefer you start a transaction in French. Keep in mind everyone is different and you did go to a McDonalds where employees are disgruntled 96% of the time anyways lol.
I'm fluent in both French and English and often offer to switch to English when tourists are struggling in Paris. I mean why make things more stressful for them ?
The French are known for getting pissed at people for butchering French with their accents
He's so adorable! 😂
I need to know why they hate when foreigners speak in French lmao
It's not like that in other French countries.
They think that their French is the classiest/superior French. If you’re not one of them, then they prefer to speak to you in English instead of you massacring their language. I am fluent in French. I went to elementary school and high school and they refuse to speak to me in French because I’m from Montreal and we have a different accent.
@Maggie Mavrigiannakis I'm from Montreal too and they spoke to me in French but I don't have an English accent. I'm French Canadian
As French person, first of I'm impressed !
Secondly, the employee may have been as happy as you to respond in English to show she could do it too because we are notoriously bad at foreign language lol
C'est clair! 🤣🤣🤣
Awe I like that mindset. Lived in Paris when I was 16 and I milked my shyness to great effect. The French were always super nice to me.
The French are NOT bad at foreign languages at all! Everyone I spoke French with, either in Paris or the countryside, spoke English back to me.
Hmmm, not my experience. Compared to other Europeans (Germans, Scandinavians), the French are not brilliant at other languages and some are allergic to English.
@Linda VanJes That's just personal experience. For example, I went on vacation in Paris and our taxi driver didn't understand English, many bakeries/cafes didn't have english menu / speak English. Luckily, for the rest of the trip we had only people who knew English and it was fine except protests and the metro being closed on some of the days.
That is exactly what they do. I found that as I struggled to recall as much of the French that I had learned prior to my trip, they would lose their patience with me and just speak English. Win-win.😊
This is genuinely my exact experience in every shop in Lyon
Display basic conversational fluency to any Spaniard and they will treat you like they have known you for years
Can confirm that. Spoke Spanish to a Spaniard in 2018 and since then I literally have a best friend who is Spanish. Not even kidding 😂
Can comfirm, had spaniards talk to me and a coworker for hours just because we knew like 10 words in spanish
Agreed. Same thing happens in Mexico.
Some countrys and cultures are much more welcoming. Frenchies has always felt their language is prettier then the rest and they most likely feel ur butchering it and disrespecting them.
They are basicly americans in that sense.
I think it depends. I'm from the north of Spain and there are places where people keep more their distance. I'm from Galicia and here we talk a lot with everyone, even stragers; we just love conversation. But I went to País Vasco a few months ago and the people I talked to there were very surprised because I talked a lot even if we just men and I didn't care if they were men or women (because there men and women have a lot of rules and they baerly talk or interact, even when they sit at a restaurant men are on one side and women sit on the other side). If you go to the south people talk a lot too. I've lived here my entire life and I can tell your there are more cultures here than in half Europe.🤭😅🤣
I was in France with an entire aircraft carrier full of people who were walking around asking if anyone spoke English. The French refused to speak English UNTIL an attempt was made to speak French. I had taken two years of French in high school and found it very convenient that they almost invariably knew more English than I knew French. Hey, at least they didn't roll their judging eyes at me and pretend I didn't exist...
When I went to Paris on a school trip - I was one of the few in my group who was confident enough to speak to people in French (though it was poor French) a student kindly spent 5 minutes trying to help me with directions as I half spoke, half pantomimed with her and a gentleman at a street food stand was very kind and happy that I was doing my best to order for my friends and myself in French.
Granted - I was like 14 at the time, and while I am Canadian, in my province they teach us international French which is closer to the French in France rather than Quebec so maybe my circumstances reflected that??
He said “une café” and she was like “this English white boy 🙄” 😂😂😂
What was it supposed to be?
@ilovepizzaaa un café since it’s a masculine noun
@izzi ah okay, thanks. I don't know why I thought it sounded feminine
@ilovepizzaaa well usually when something ends with an e, you can count on it being feminine, but café is just irregular, so it's a common mistake :)
nah, she prolly was like "ugh american" and not put "white boy" next to it, its france lmao putting skin colour next to everythign is an american thing
As my French teacher said:
They always know if you’re a tourist.
His hands motion during Italian explanation went over so many people’s heads 😂😂
I'm in Japan right now, and if I ask any employee even the most simple question in Japanese, they respond in natural speed Japanese that's way beyond my level as if talking to a native speaker 😂 And then I feel terrible asking them to repeat themselves or speak slower. But so far everyone's been really patient and polite with me ❤
I’ve lost my ability to speak japanese fluently so whenever im in a convenience store there are always foreigners because theres a university nearby and i feel so relieved that they could speak english 😅
you could ask the question in a way that asks for a slower response
Japanese people are very kind and a lot of them can actually speak English. It may not be very good but it’s enough to get by. They are also very patient
I love Japan. Hope you have fun.😁
Japanese people are extremely polite 😊
Believe me. I understand Japanese better than a Japanese person trying to speak English. It usually takes ne over 5 minutes to decipher they are actually trying to speak English 😅
So true!! I asked excuse me where is metro 3? In French and the woman smiled and told me where it was in English . 😊
This is so true !!!! Ur accent must be perfect in order for them to take u seriously in France !
Lmao there is nothing I don’t love about this guy. Constantly hilarious and accurate which makes it even more hysterical.
Yeah especially when he is abroad 🤣
@hadi jandono he’s a guy
@TheRealAlexLovett 😂😂😂😂 this comment made me laugh so hard. Too punny
I love his murica accent
@TheRealAlexLovett Bro abroad I mean like outside of the United States 🇺🇸 so out of the country...
Was in Toulon France the two girls you met wanted to speak English with corrections more than they wanted to hear us try to speak French. We all got along and hung out it was great
I speak Korean as a second language and Koreans in Korea would be like “WOW! Your Korean is so good!!” But in LA, the Korean Americans or older Korean immigrants won’t even acknowledge I spoke to them in Korean and just reply in English.
This is because they aren't good in Korean since they have a few generations in America OR they are just used to communicating in English and doesn't realise you're speaking Korean.
I look Asian and even when I speak English people assume I'm speaking Chinese to them. :)
It might be something they have a complicated relationship to speaking with a non Korean stranger in. I knew some east Asian folks who would always be approached by white strangers trying to practice whatever given Asian language with them in order to evangelize their religion. Plus they've probably spent a while feeling different in the place they moved to. Being seen as different by people who aren't like you can be complicated. I might ask them in future if they mind if you practice Korean with them (even if you're fluent, because it gives them a chance to say no)
They’re probably just tired of people doing that haha don’t take it personally. It’s awesome you learned a second language and are so fluent at it!
@Ig-nat-ius I gotta agree with this! I’d be kind of irked if someone just started trying to speak Chinese with me, despite their best intentions. It definitely has to do with the different cultural contexts. Immigrants have had to assimilate and suppress their languages to adopt English, we’re used to being minorities. There’s a differing power imbalance and cultural context that goes with this
Honestly depends on the context as well. I have Korean and Vietnamese friends some who've been here in the U.S. longer than others. Sometimes they grow accustomed to only speaking their mother tongue with their parents or at home and other times they just never learned or sacrificed retaining their language in order to focus on English. It can also be that they worked hard or are still working hard to speak English so it can be frustrating to put the work and effort into learning the local language (especially if you're older because as you age it's harder to train new information) and then someone who speaks the language you've been practicing reverts to speaking a language you know but has likely been restricting in professional settings. Doesn't hurt to just ask first if you want to practice or critique your pronunciation, that's what I do with my Viet since tones are so important. I also frequent a salon in Korea town and learned some basic statements for how long/short, please, thank you. Statements that can help confusion or show my thanks without implying that I'd rather communicate in another language than hear your English.
Mateo's face is so expressive and open. ❤️❤️❤️
I’m Danish and I work in a café, and even though I think it’s super sweet when tourists try to order in Danish, I always secretly think “look, this would be so much easier for the both of us if we just spoke English”
So true. I took Italian and French in college and whenever I made a mistake, even if it was the same mistake for the millionth time, Italians were always like “Even we make mistakes, don’t think too much about it, rules of our language are so hard.” They were always super supportive. On the other hand, if I made a mistake while speaking French, no matter how minor it was, they were like “If you cannot speak proper French, don’t speak at all.” They honestly scared me to the point that whenever someone speaks French with me, I freeze.
It's so true 😭
The French are why I can curse in several languages(including Southern. Yes, it can be a language all on its own)😂Nothing like cussing out someone in a language(or switching between a few) that they don't understand😁😂
Not everyone will respond that way; when I was in France people were super nice. 🤓
I always remind people that if you go to quebec in Canada for exemple me i live in montreal and the french quebecer are really really nice people!! Try here next time 😁
I got treated like crap for speaking English in Galeries Lafayette so I did my best to speak choppy French at this mid-tier restaurant with the help of Google translate, and the waiter was like “you can just speak English, we understand”. I told him about my experience in Lafayette and he was like “those people are snobs, even us normal French people hate them” lol 😂😂😂
As a Moroccan who was studying in French for my entire life, I couldn't be this confident speaking French, Terrible! It couldn't get any worse than this 💔😂😂😂😂
This is true, I told my Italian friends I’m starting to learn Italian and they acted like I taught myself fluently 😳 . I only knew like 3 words haha
Italians and Hispanics will support you for learning their language even if we know you suck.
@laughingvampire7555 lol they still have their biases. my grandmother who grew up in Dominican (she was ethnicially Lebanese and spoke some Arabic as well so take that as you will) would praise my boy cousin for his Spanish and say mine wasn’t as good as a kid. I imagine it had to do with him being a male first born, something that culture praises.
@laughingvampire this is so true and now my half-sicilian wife thinks she speaks Italian but really knows like 20 words
It's always shoking for us to hear or see foreigners trying to learn our language! The only place you speak italian is in Italy so we really are impressed and happy if anyone likes our culture and country so much to decide to study our language, whitch is not the easiest. It's such a compliment and we are ready to teach, support and share our culture!
I am doing German and I want to impress the Lufthansa flight attendants with my German
His sweet smile ❤❤❤❤❤
Most polite French person:
Exact same experience in France. I ordered a latte coffee in french and the girl just replied with "anything else?" In perfect English 😭😭
edit: i love everyone arguing in the comments, at the time, my belgium friend assumed it was because the lady probably heard us talking in english before. My parisian friend in the meanwhile thought it was because I forgot to say "please", even though I said everything else correctly. Idk what the reason was, but it was just a funny story guys XD
You asked her for milk...
@Aaero I asked her exactly how it was on the menu
Sis said “ since we’re mocking “😂
@Aaero Hum... no? Latte coffee still has coffee lol. It's Coffee with milk, we have that in France too xd
So relatable, its always like this with the French 😂
When he spoke French to woman she replied back in English because she knew he wasn't French. Since he spoke French with an American accent. It will be like a French speaker from Montréal going to Paris and ordering something in French and they would be like oh you are from Québec. Of course the conversation would be all in French.
I remember walking into a restaurant in spain and i perfectly had my order memorized in spanish. and before i even got a word out, the waitress went “hi what can i get for you?” heart broken
I'm learning Japanese so I can go to Japan w my boyfriend one day and not fully rely on him. I'm dreading the day I try to ask for something in japanese and they just look at me confused bc apparently often times when a foreigner speaks Japanese, even if it's fluent, they're like 🙂 and have no clue what you're saying.
Spanish is my first language and when i visit my home country they still try to speak to me in english 💀💀 the worst
This exact thing happened to me in South Korea. Heartbroken is right! 😂❤
Same thing happens to me in Mexico all the time when I first moved here lmao. Thankfully my Spanish has gotten so much better now.
The thing is, English speaking people hardly bother to speak other languages, they just expect you to speak English. So that was really good he did his best! 👍🏼
Pronunciation and intonation flawless. Many do not realize the musical lilt of a language is important.
He has the most important part of the Italian language down, talking with your hands.
Facts lmao also dont read my profile picture
This guy really knows how to tell a story 🎉😆
When in Italy i had fun pronouncing the words on the menu, the Italians really do appreciate it when you make an effort to speak their language 😅
also Prego and Ciao works almost anywhere ❤
Matteo is so adorable when he explains stuff it’s unreal.
It's cuz he's acting like a castrated cigarette
Its called being naturally funny
He's awesome for doing this. I've been living in the Netherlands for a couple of years now and I'm still scared to ask or respond to anything in Dutch 😄
Geen zorgen, het overgrote merendeel van de bevolking praat gewoon Nederlands tegen je tenzij je echt vraagt om het in het Engels te doen.
France really do be like that, if I remember correctly when I visited I remember hearing this phrase when I ever I spoke French as a small southern child. I learned later it translated to "You're hurting my ears".
It's the way his face drops as soon as the word "France" leaves his mouth 😭 like that was a complete sentence
I adore the Italian language, but it was so different to try and learn. I remember downloading Duolingo and then crying at the first lesson 😭😭😭
The most Italian I know is from JJBA and Theprulde 💀
exactly my experience in France - I tried speaking French to everyone (and I'm not very bad at it) and they ALL replied to me in English only
As a French person here I believe we're in the same position as you guys: we're so excited to be talking to English speakers that we want to also show off our English skills!
But if we speak English to you, it’s a problem. 😂 which is it?! You don’t want us to speak English, but when we speak broken French, you want to speak English.
@NomadicIslanders it depends on the person, not everyone is the same, chill
Only difference is we are unlikely to reply back in French
@NomadicIslanders I've never had an issue with people coming to me and asking me questions in their native language. I often see French people in the street trying to speak English or Spanish, using hand gestures or drawings to help lost tourists. It's nice to see people try though!
But yeah we love it when English-speaking people come and talk to us so we can show off that French accent.
@NomadicIslanders And vice versa. People complain if we respond in English, and they complain if we respond if French saying we don’t want to speak English. Like, you guys need to make up your mind 😂
So true ! French is my first language ( I’m from Canada ) and they reply to me on English lol
Same thing happened in croatia. The hotels receptionist just responded in english and I was crushed. I felt like all my ancestors were renouncing me at that time
It's SO true. I'm an Italian, I've studied french for 8 years, and not only do they not answer in french, they can STILL immediately clock my accent and answer in Italian. Kind of humiliating 😅
It’s not humiliating they are arrogant and snobby
@teacup Tell me you don't understand French culture without telling me you don't understand French culture...
@Astronoteek Okay but I’m curious if this is French culture what is the reason they do this? It seems odd to speak to someone in a language that the person isn’t speaking. Are French people against foreigners speaking their language?
@Astronoteek what is French culture?
French here 👋🏻
It's just that in France there's a LOT of foreigners, either living there, or tourists, especially in Paris. French people are not so good with languages so they understand the struggle of trying to communicate in another language. If they hear you speak with a strong accent or struggling, they will try to switch to English (an international language which the people in front of them most likely speak) to make the conversation more comfortable.
And I couldn't tell you how many times people tried to speak French to me and I couldn't understand what they were saying, sometimes I don't even recognize my own language 😵 So it's easier to communicate in English 😅
If you want to practice the French language, do it with people who know you, so you can take your time to speak, and explain to them that you want to practice ... Don't get mad at French people for trying to make it quick and easy in English for only a short interaction with a foreigner they don't know and will never see again 😅
I'm French....and you did NAIL it, boy !
By the way I've just discovered your channel and...you nail everything you do ❤ !
I absolutely LOVE this guy! He’s hilarious!!! 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂 😂
He's soooooooooo right. No matter how well you speak French, if it's not your first language the French know and the French will let you know they know. Just like she did to Mateo.
Of course we know he has a pretty strong accent and is making mistakes
Yeah the French from France have a thing for being mean if you don't speak perfectly French! Like sometimes they'll do like if they don't understand you when it's so clear what you say
@Chloe Desl it’s not being mean? They’re just trying to make you comfortable by speaking your language
@Chloe Desl That's not even true. The vast majority of French people on the contrary, respects the efforts others are making to speak French. Just because you've met a person who is mean, doesn't actually mean that we're all like that.
Was in France with friends, stopped at a cafe, asked for glasses of water, the waiter said they "don't have water" and told us to leave.
Man, I just love this guy! He just cracks me up doing nothing.
I cannot believe that this changed so much. 40 years ago as a German travelling to France but not speaking French at all, when I tried in English, every French person would just ignore me and pretend not to understand. Even if the term was exactly the same. We got involved in a car accident and the police simply ignored us. They do not understand and there is no one who can help.
Well, 40 years ago is quite some time. Nowadays pretty much anyone who has access to the internet speaks at least semi-fluent English, but back then I doubt it
Thats why you should try to younger people, more likely to know english
It's still an issue for Germans in France.. once a person at help desk turned away from me, saying a disgusted "Ah, non!" when I asked "Parlez vouz anglaise ou allemande?" (However it is written..)
She was DISGUSTED. IN ALSACE! (It' the only pöace in France, they say, where people speak German)
This is still the case in alot of places in france
I had to use the bathroom at a French restaurant & I asked in French where it was. The waiter led me downstairs to the dish pit where the dishwasher offered me a pot & everyone laughed but me. 😅
I apparently had a rare experience when I had a french owner of a restaurant try and help me learn how to pronounce the food I was trying to order. Low key might have made me say it in French just to make fun of me. 😅
In Sweden and Iceland, they’ll keep speaking the language with you long enough to go “oh wow you speak so well!!” And then they’ll switch over to English and they speak it better than you do
Yeah because they speak English most of the time and they mix it with their own language...
In Quebec, they say that they want people to learn French, but if you try, they immediately switch to English and give you attitude for even trying.
In India it’s a mixed reaction if you try to speak Hindi, cause if you try to speak Hindi in the north, they will act delighted like the Italians but if you try to speak Hindi in the south, they will be unimpressed like the French 💀
Okay, as a french person here, I HAVE to try and tell y'all we're not that bad xD While this happened to many of you and french people seem to be talking back to you guys in English or Spanish or whatever, it might not be to humiliate you! In my own experience, most french people are not very good in foreign languages (especially when it comes to the accent lol), if we don't give you an attitude while replying (in which case you're in front of a typical moronic french person lol, that happens for sure), it might just be bc we're trying to accommodate to you
I found them quite lovely and enormously helpful; probably because I sought out their assistance in saying things properly.
My French professor (who was from Lyon) once told us that sometimes French people seem rude because, say, a cashier might not ask "How was your day" because they don't, in that moment, have the time to really listen. Idk if that's true at all but it definitely gave me a different perspective on the behavior of others that I might perceive as a slight. So that's neat lol
@ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ Yes, french people working in public services don’t typically ask how your day is going! So they might think you’re weird if you do haha but it’s not because they’re rude!
@ʕ·ᴥ·ʔ Yeah, I'd say we don't have that cultural thing of having to be nice. We are taught to be polite and formal with strangers, not nice. It depends more on the person, if you're more friendly, if you're shy... I guess for foreigners it can come off as being cold but in a way, I feel like it can be a bit more genuine ?
That actually happened to me in Italy once. Was in a pizza shop in Rome and asked the guy behind the counter in my broken Italian if he spoke English. He replied “Yes, it’s my first language.” Turns out not only was he American, but he was from the same state as me.
It's very true about Italians from my experience. I dated an Italian born in Australia so his grandma and aunts all spoke it. I learnt one word, used it with one auntie at a family gathering. By the next (they happen very often) every auntie and uncle knew I could say it 😂 all came up asking me to say it so they can hear it. All applauded me at my terrible execution of xD 😂😂😂
I will never forget the time these investors from Honda flew in from Japan and my manager was trying to make a great impression on them but they knew zero English. So when they walked by, I stood up, introduced myself in Japanese, bowed and they was so amazed! The entire mood shifted. They wanted me to tour them instead at that point😅 they was so happy to tell me bye. It was a moment for me
Your manager must have been relieved you took over. Japanese is tricky
This happened to me many years ago!! A Chinese delegation came through my office. And I stood up and said hello (most basic, I know) in Mandarin and might have said something else. They turned around and started taking pictures and saying hi back. LOLOL I felt like celebrity. It was silly but it os one of my favorite memories.
You deserved all that awesomeness! This is what appreciation looks like. Just never go to France if you want that. France isn’t even nice to French speaking Canadians. It’s awful.
Did you get promoted or bonuses?
@Nyasha Toyloyhahahaha with the pictures. My sister was in China when she was 5 and had a panda hat on. Guess what they did with her 😂😂😂
The same thing happened to me in the Dominican. I made a point to remember how to ask where the bathroom was in Spanish, and when at a restaurant, I did, the waiter simply pointed and replied, "it's over there." lol. So deflated!
My experience in Germany; try to order something in German, get answered back politely in full sentences of flawless English, immediately followed by "I'm sorry if I was hard to understand my English isn't very good."
I went to Paris with two of my friends when we were 18, two of us had studied French in school and she was much better than I was, she always got higher grades than me. The locals would reply to her in English but me in French, and I think it's because she'd wing a sentence and pause to think of a word in the middle, but I thought about what I wanted to say before speaking so it ended up sounding more fluid and natural.
I don't remember any French now really, but I live in Japan and they are like the Italians, a basic greeting and they almost fall over themselves to be encouraging, to the point of it feeling patronising because it happens every day with every new person you meet.
I live in Japan too and I can empathize so much. The "Nihongo Jōzu desu ne" is starting to get really old 😅
Got treated very nice in France when ordering. They seem to know several languages. They were very nice.
true about the italian part honestly, half of my family are italian and my cousin is just thrilled when we use google translate to message him in italian bc he doesn't speak english. we all try to make it make sense but i think he's just happy that we actually made an attempt
After years of French I tried a bit of French in Paris, a huge group of police officers nearby started loudly making fun of my accent. I didn't speak another word of French the whole trip because I was so embarrassed, a few days later some friends tried to get me to order crepes in French and the shop owner acted deeply offended when I wouldn't. I felt horrible. There was no winning. If I could go back as an adult I would try my French anyway and ignore anyone overtly mocking my accent.
If people can spot youre not fluent in french and switch to english. Thats mean your french is not well mastered
You need to practice pronounciations and the way to build phrases. By listening to lot of french videos
France has lot of native arabic, vietnameese, chineese, cambodian, laos, african, dutch, german, italian, spanish, catalan, portuguese british russian. Who speak french well enough to not being able to spot they are foreigner
For the prounciation, you need to watch lot of french videos with subtitles. And prounce the world with the french alphabet sounds. Instead of the english alphabet sounds
@Mathew Van Ostin I never claimed to be well mastered. I certainly wasn't. But I was treated horribly for trying. If we are unable to make mistakes in the learning process we often stop learning altogether. Shame is a horrible teacher.
@Amber Mae what do you mean being treated horribly. The reason why reason us french reply to you in english. Is because your french dont take it personal is so bad it gives us headaches lol. Thats why we switch to english for foreigners
We meet lot of non natives. Like italians spanish british dutch german russian arabic who we dont need to switch to english because they speak french well enough
Its not because you took some french lesson in high school in las vegas. That you suddenly speak the language well enough
Maybe try to learn french online. Work prounciation by listen to french movies tv shows with susbtitles. And your french will be good enough for conversation
@Mathew Van Ostin replying in English isn't rude. They mocked me, laughed at me, and imitated my poor accent in a childish way. Reread my first comment. I could care less if someone responds in English, I never even mentioned that in my comment. Perhaps some English reading practice would help you master the language.
@Amber Mae no you need to communicate better on what bothered you
This is nothing its just is funny how you prounce the words
But you seem to take you french language skills way too seriously and personal
Use that serious energy to learn french better 😆
You know he’s Italian when he uses his hands while speaking
i was in paris with my girlfriend and i kinda had to speak french cuz some stores would straight up just pretend they don't speak english. they'd nod when i spoke english to them so they understood what i was saying they just refused to actually speak back to me in a language i know and it was kinda frustrating lmfao
That happened to me in Florence, Italy. We waited for our waitress to get to us, reviewing the phrases book. She came over and said “what’ll you have tonight?” In an Australian accent! Blew us away!
Facts lmao also dont read my profile picture