In France, even dogs understand French better than I do

icanhazcheezburger
What I sound like when I speak French.
When you read my reports of conversations in this blog, you should be aware that other people’s sides are as I report them, but my side of the conversation sounds more like a French version of the “I Can Haz Cheezburger?” cat. Indeed, in this country, dogs do understand French better than I do. French children are famously well-behaved, and French dogs are similar. Although most dogs are leashed, it’s not unusual to see a dog off-leash, walking obediently behind his owner down the sidewalk, and even crossing busy streets in the crosswalk. Dogs are typically allowed in cafes, where they typically lie quietly under the table. I have no clue how French dog-owners manage this. It’s certainly not like all French dogs are well-mannered–I saw a little guy jumping up on people the other day as his owner stood talking with a group of friends in the middle of the sidewalk, oblivious. But, for the most part, it’s amazing how well-behaved these dogs are.

Some pet-related vocabulary items:

  • le toutou: Affectionate word for a dog.
  • le minet: Affectionate word for a cat.
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4 thoughts on “In France, even dogs understand French better than I do”

  1. “Cultural Misunderstandings” is also available in French as “Evidences Invisibles.” I found it on the Amazon French site the other day. The author is Raymonde Carroll. If you liked “What French Women Know,” you’ll love “Cultural Misunderstandings” (which I actually heard about via “What French Women Know”).

    By the way, I tried to leave a comment on one of your posts yesterday, and got an error message. Might want to have someone else try it, in case it’s not just me…

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