By EWN •
Published: 27 Jan 2024 • 10:11
EVERY few months when one or other of the British newspapers are short of a silly story, they focus on an invariably elderly English lady who has complained because her holiday in Spain was spoiled by a combination of too many Spaniards also on holiday, Spanish food and no-one speaking English.
This week, we have been able to amuse readers with the story of an American TikTok traveller who was moved to tears when visiting France as even though she had armed herself with a pink beret, she felt isolated and unwanted because she doesn’t speak French.
Well she got her two minutes of fame, move on. If she goes to Yorkshire is she going to wear a flat cap and buy a whippet?
If you try to speak the language (whichever country you are in) then the locals will bend over backwards to help you. It’s all about respect xx
She wasn’t wearing a French beret, and wasn’t carrying any onions! What does she expect, they speak French!
Go to Benidorm. They mostly speak English
Of course it would help to speak a bit French ! But many French people are not willing to speak another language than French . It is true that tourists who do not speak French have problems sometimes ! I always try to help them when i am in France (i am French) and make them feel welcome. After all France is the most visited country in the world and French people should be a bit more friendly to tourists.
AND her little show was a success. Marketing goal fulfilled, well done
Erik Ea Petersson
The majority speaks English but expect the tourists to make an effort to try to speak some French! And they are right!
Why is it that people go to a foreign country and expect them to speak your language, how ignorant is that.
If it wasn’t for the Brits and the Americans the French would be speaking German now!
Stop in America and speak Mexican
Well I’m from Lyon and it is a magnificent city with so much to do, amazing monuments and top world class gastronomy. Maybe she should have spent a little money to pay herself a local guide to show her around.
Stay home lady, that is the best you can do.
I visited Cherbourg on a regular basis and chatted up the bar owners daughter in my broken French… after a couple of years she spoke to me in the best English I’d ever heard.
Dee Jaa Mas
I’m shocked, a North American, with a passport, and travelling outside of their country.
If you visit a country that does not speak your language you can’t expect them to speak yours. However I remember our French teacher in high school telling us to speak any other language but English while visiting France.
Is it April 1st already
Well i arrived in France in.2000 and had to get to a small village. This was before the euro and i had no money but on my British passport it says I was born in Montreal but when i was two years old.
The bank lady actually abused me for not speaking in French as I came from Montreal so it was with a sigh of relief that I crossed the border by train into northern Spain and instantly felt at home and have stayed here for 24 years
First world problems
Don’t be so judgemental, if you don’t try to speak French they will not speak to you in English if they can. It is no surprise especially if she was in Paris
Whilst there were a couple of examples of traditional British anti-French feeling, the majority of people agreed that if you travel to a foreign country don’t expect everyone to speak English and almost no-one had any sympathy for the young lady’s view.
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No Community Comments this week? I was rather hoping that the new editor might dispense with other items, notably the odious Leapy Lee and his racist, little British outlook. But you’re still hiding behind the “Leapy’s opinions are his own and not necessarily those of the publishers” cop out. This week’s theory that the only way to deal with despots is to elect another despot (Trump) is more populist nonsense. See you next Thursday, Leapy!
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