bilingual bêtise

© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Jumping on a one-way plane to Paris and submitting to a year of lingual humility was my way of learning French.  Although I have mastered everything except for the French art of negotiation, my bilingual brain is continually at a loss for words, my speech peppered with long pauses and tortured hand gestures.  With my brain tuned to Franglais, I have started translating from French to English, leaving me with a strangely proper speech pattern.  Is this one of the proven benefits of bilingualism?

Nevertheless, here is an imagined conversation between two expats inspired by my bilingual bêtise:

A. How do you go?

B. I go well.  I am enchanted to finally meet you!

A. Would you like to take a coffee?

B. Yes, it would make me pleasure.

A. I know a bar in the Marais which is quite agreeable.  The prices are correct for the neighborhood. Although the music is strong, it is the most interesting option.

B. Yes, that has a sympathetic air.

A. What do you take to make pleasure?

B. I am feeling greedy. I will take a chocolate good and hot, if you please.

A. I must go.  Embrace your boyfriend very strongly for me.

B. It made me pleasure to see you!

A: Salutations!

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    • thefrancofly said:


    • thefrancofly said:

      You and you only.

  1. Maria Bergman said:

    Oh yes, French so lyrical! Thank you for this…and your wonderful blog!

    • thefrancofly said:

      It makes me pleasure, Maria. 😉

    • thefrancofly said:

      It needed to be done!

  2. Globally, this is a problem we all have — profit from these experiences! 😉

    • thefrancofly said:

      Ha! I completely forgot about those two.

      • Bryan totally used globally in conversation the other day, made me laugh! Also we tend to use ‘normally’ incorrectly too 🙂

  3. Danielle said:

    Haha, this amazing! And so accurate! <- I say the latter based on my own expert level of franglish 😉

    • thefrancofly said:

      Globally, I assure you.

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