Are you travelling to France or Paris this holiday? And you have no knowledge of French at all? How do you get around Paris without speaking or knowing French?
Fear not. Actually you have been speaking French in Singapore all the while without you knowing.
We have been 4 months in France without zero knowledge of French when we first came. We are still quite bad at it now except for some very very basic conversation to get things going.
And to the myth that French people are rude if you don't know French language. Not really actually, we had our fair share of positive experience in Paris without knowledge for speaking French. We can survive months here, you definitely can do it.
Don't worry, France without knowing French is not as scary as it looks. But the rule of the thumb is, Be Polite, Act Blur.
Always start your conversation, with a Greeting. Either Bonjour (Good day) or Bonsoir (Good Evening). End with, Merci (Thank you). You will survive through your Paris or France holiday with these survival tips.
Usually what we do is, to say "Mon français Par Bien, Parlez Anglais?" Hearsay is not the "correct" practice. But hey, Singlish is like that what? So in Singlish it is like, "My French not good, speak English?"
So actually, you have been speaking some form of French daily which you didn't know. Don't worry on it. Just go and have fun in France!
Before you depart your home country, download the Google Translate App in your handphone and make sure you download the French language so that when you are offline, you may still be able to use it.
And lastly, when you bump into some situation which requires assistance. Many of the times, you will experience the French Shrug, and you just have to LLST (Lan Lan Suck Thumb)
C'est La Vie! (That's life)
And our slogan, Voila! (There you go)
Don is a Kiasu Singaporean that blogs his journey while exploring Europe. A Singapore Travel Blog that provides travel guides and tips on how to travel free and easy in Europe.
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