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How to fake it like a frenchie

1 Mar

Always wished you spoke French or worried you’ll look out of place on your trip to France?

Erica Guaca has the answer in this funny video. Watch her top tips to holding a conversation in French (without actually speaking any.)

I love this viral vid, it’s so true. You’ll fit right in with a few well placed swear words and complaints – it’s all about the attitude.


How to become Parisian in one hour?

15 Aug

Paris's best stand-up act

« Venez découvrir le seul one man show en anglais à Paris

100 % humour français
100% en anglais
100 % facile à comprendre pour les français !!!

Vous aimez Paris mais vous pensez que les parisiens sont impolis ! Vous avez raison, ils le sont !
Vous êtes trop gentil et vous voulez devenir arrogant !
N’attendez plus et assistez à la formation “Comment devenir Parisien en une heure?”
Après le spectacle, vous agirez en vrai parisien dans un magasin, un restaurant, un taxi, le métro, une boîte de nuit et au lit !
Vous allez apprendre le langage typiquement parisien, les expressions faciales !!!

Votre famille et vos amis ne vous reconnaitrons pas!!!
Olivier Giraud, votre professeur, ne peut attendre pour vous rencontrer !!!! »

Think Parisians don’t have a sense of humour? Olivier Giraud has based his stand-up comedy show on this very cultural stereotype.

“How to become Parisian in one hour” is one of the best selling shows in Paris at the moment. 70,000 people from all over the world have now seen the act. With the prospect of the show going international next year, I thought it was time to find out what I was missing out on.

The ridiculously grumpy attitude common to all Parisians is the common thread behind this one-man show. From facial expressions to rude expressions, no ground or situation is left uncovered in the hour-long act. By the end, Olivier told us, we would have all the key tools to become a true Parisian.

Olivier Giraud playing up to cultural stereotypes

Although only 50 percent of the audience was French, the humour wasn’t lost on the number of tourists who also recognised the stereotypes as true. We laughed at ourselves, they laughed at us.

But the strength of the show was no doubt the comparisons between French and American attitudes. Having spent five years in America, Olivier was brilliant at contrasting the over the top friendliness and vacuity of American tourists with the bitter, miserable attitude of the Parisian.

So many of the role play situations rang true – from how we act in the metro, restaurants, nightclubs, shops. Add to this the interactive nature of the show, with Olivier pulling poor American tourists up on stage to demonstrate what they had learnt, that my companions and I left the theater practically crying with laughter.

“How to become Parisian in one hour” continues until December 28 in the Theatre de La Main d’Or. Watch the trailer online.

You know you’ve been in Paris too long when…

24 Nov

Stereotype of a Frenchman

The Stereotypical Frenchman

– You mutter and swear in French under your breath. Because everything sounds angrier in French, P***** de m****!
– You’ve learnt the art of queuing sideways. Waiting in line is for wimps: in order to get anywhere in life, edge forwards slowly whilst facing to the side. Sneaky and effective. Bonus points if you shoot glaring looks at people who dare to object.
– You’re horrified at the thought of starting the day without your fresh baguette from the local bakery and scoff at the idea of eating the British version of croissants and patisseries.
– You hear the dreaded word ‘Greve’ and hardly bat an eyelid. Just a standard day of wrestling with public transport strikes then.
– Your head is a constant metro map. When someone mentions a new bar, your first thought is – what metro line is that on?
– Your night at the aforementioned bar is cut short at midnight because you have to take the last train home.
– You spend hours trying to find a specific place and somehow end up on the opposite Bank of the Seine you started on. Yet you claim to know Paris like the back of your hand.
– You roll your eyes at the tourists and their clichéd photo opportunities. Possibly accompanied by some serious head shaking and mutterings of: ‘Ah, les tourists!’
– You deliberately stand in their way when they’re trying to take these photos.
– You no longer feel the need to say ‘bonjour’ to people. Politeness is just a waste of time.

What do you think? Feel free to add your own ideas!