500 Day Streak and I'm Going to Québec and France! :-)
Bonjour à tous!
Wow that 500 looks good on my stats!
Sadly, it looks like that huge streak may disappear soon because I'll be going on a French language themed trip! On June 1, I will hopefully not get confused with Québécois French as I travel to Montréal and Québec City. Then I rest my French with a stop to London and hopefully Oxford. After, I'll go to the following French cities: Paris, Bayeux, Mont Saint-Michel, Normandy beaches, Amboise, Loire, Sarlat-la-Canéda, Carcassonne, Arles, Nimes, Nice, Villefranche-sur-Mer, Monaco, Annecy, Charmonix, and Lyon. <-- Haha, I hope I didn't forget any!
Because I don't have French speaking people to talk to, I'm not good when it comes to listening, so hopefully this trip will help me out! But anyways, I'm just so excited I had to post this. Thank you so much to Duolingo and the wonderful Duolingo community for your help and support!
Most of those places have wifi everywhere. I hope you won't lose your streak.
Here is a tip for your trip: Play dumb.
Most people when they travel are afraid of the natives thinking they're dumb, ignorant, so they pretend to know it all. Do the opposite. Pretend you know nothing. Go to market, browse the merchandise, ask all sorts of questions about the merchandise:
"How do they work?"
"Where were they made?"
"How were they made?"
"Who made them?"
"What kind of tools does the maker use?"
"How much can the maker earn with one of these?" "What kind of school do people go to learn to make these kinds of things?"
Ask people about their culture and their customs. Don't worry about getting confused with Québécois French. If you do, it will give you a chance to laugh and bond with the natives.
Good luck and bon voyage!!! (Btw, monaco isn't a city in france, it's a separate country) Enjoy your 50 lingots that you earned for that streak, you deserve it ;D
Thank you so much! Haha, I'm following my France guide book and it says Monaco is a great place to visit, but didn't state it is a separate country. Now I'm more excited that I get to visit a 4th country! :-)
Amazing job! It's awesome that you'll have the opportunity to go and practice your French speaking skills in a country of the language itself, and I wish you a very happy trip! Bon de chance et bon voyage!
I love how close Spanish is to French! I didn't recognize what you typed at the end at first. Now I know a new phrase in Spanish! Thank you Anise1105 and I wish you the best in Spanish and German! :-)
Québécois is not the French they teach here, but it will help. In Montréal you'll run across English speakers fairly often but in Ville de Québec you might not find any. Best of luck if you run into Joual speakers!
Whoa, congratulations on your streak and bon voyage! You can always start your streak back up again!
I read in another post that there are people who just downvote things for fun. Ah well. :-P
Oh ok thought it was the misunderstanding of starting a streak back up until I noticed the other comments
I just returned from France and my experience this time was the same as every time. If the tourist meets them just a little way with just a bit of french (and ALWAYS remembering to say bonjour before saying/asking anything else) then the French will accommodate as much as their english allows if needed or they will even help you with your french! We've always had great experiences all over France so I'm sure you will too. Don't hold back practicing your french. They really like when tourists make an effort.