Top 5 Things Not To Say In France

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For my darling English speakers: Jun 08, 2010
I went to France with my school a couple of years ago and most of the kids were in French Immersion and didn't really know what they were talking about. Being Francophone, I was quite aware of the mistakes they were making saying things that made perfect ssense to them, but were quite offensive/provocative to the French. Here are a few things I would recommend staying away from saying:

1. "Je suis tellement pleine!"

Direct translation: "I'm so full!"

What they think you're saying: "I'm sooo pregnant!"

This one is most commonly misused at dinnertime, and is most improper. If you want some laughs, however, be my guest. Their faces are kind of funny.

2. "C'est excitant!"

Direct translation: "That's so exciting!"

What they think you're saying: "I am sooo aroused!"

Could also be funny in the right situations.

3. "Vous êtes tellement petite!"

Direct traslation: "You are so little!"

What they think you're saying: "God, you have small boobs."

This one came from a particular incident on the beaches of Nice, when my attractive male friend was commenting on the stature of this tiny french local. She immediatley snapped her hands up to her chest and stomped away. Okay...

4. "Pouvez-vous me prendre à la Tour Eiffel?"

Direct translation: "Could you take me to the Eiffel Tower?"

What they think you're saying: "Could you have sex with me at the Eiffel Tower?"

5. "J'ai eu une petite mort!"

You think you're saying: "I was scared to death!"

They think you're saying: "I just had an orgasm!"

Hope this was helpful, anyone else have some suggestions?

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ROZA1978 says:
Posted on: Mar 22, 2012
mosted says:
lol nice one :) No.4 is awesome, will try that out, how do I pronaunciate it? ^^
Posted on: Sep 16, 2011
TiBo says:
Actually, if you say that you are "pleine", that may means that you are drunk.
Posted on: Aug 21, 2011
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