I'm interested in European languages and cultures but most specifically French and Italian. I feel like non-French people often like to make fun of the French. I read some books about them from people who traveled there.
What do you guys think of their culture and people?
I've been to several European countries and I've been to France 4 times or so and the French are the most inhospitable and arrogant people of Europe . Nobody wants to help a tourist. They were always very rude and refused to speak a word of English , because "their language was a world language once" *almost throws up*. They also don't want to speak English when they visit an other country. I do like the nature and culture overall though. Only not the people. The nature in France is beautiful and the cute burgundian villages are beautiful as well. I prefer Belgium though. They have a more open-mindset and they also have burgundian villages and the waffles are great. They're a lot nicer, but a little dumb, but they think Dutch people are cheap haha.
I've never really had a big attraction to France or the French culture, but I also don't have an aversion to it. French isn't even a language that I really want to learn. I LOVE listening to it being spoken though and love the accent. Being in Quebec was heavenly. I got asked to dance in French (my Canadian friend had to translate) and I was basically swooning. I personally don't hate on the French I really just don't care. French food and wine is the bomb... I guess I just don't really care one way or another. French history is pretty interesting though. I care more about Ireland, England, Scotland, Sweden, Poland, Canada, USA, Germany, Austria, Australia, and Thailand personally and really want to learn German, Polish, and Spanish. I say ignore other people and study what you love!
I like the language. The language is beautiful and flows easily.
The culture... not so much.
I mean, mostly in regards to food and how they treat their animals I disagree with. They are quite barbaric. Their cows are fed manure. They eat snails. You can't drink from the tap in some areas because of how disgusting their water is "treated". They treat their pets and women awfully as well. Lets say you have a family unit and then the father dies. The eldest (usually male born) son is left with everything - money, house etc, unless the wife is specifically written into the will (and when doing this with a french lawyer they look at you like you're mental for including a woman). Anyway, because the son now owns everything, it is his choice if he lets his mother live in his house from the goodness of his heart, or he can kick her out and if he's feeing nice, pay for the nursing home. The pets, like the dog say, can just be shut out and never looked after or fed again if the son doesn't want to "take on that burden".
So yeah. Their language is alright. But their attitude to certain aspects of life need to be updated and are frankly disgusting. Animals should be treated with more respect then they are.
I've been to France twice. I loved it but I also speak with a Parisian accent and part French myself. They become insulted if you lead off and try to speak English with them because you're in their country expecting you to speak your language. They are generally a very liberal people and pacifists usually. The better you master the language and speak with no accent, the more they will respect you.
I disagree. I'm french and I have to tell you that you are right on some point like the fact that they dont speak English but it could be because its awkward for them. Look, I loveeee English language and when some tourist talk to me I speak English but it make me feel really awkward because I know we, french people, are known for our embarrassing accent so ya I think a lot of people refuse to talk because it embarass them and sometime they're not really comfortable with English . But I know that some of them are arrogant but there are arrogant people in every places in the world.
French is difficult and the pronounciation is very different but very sexy at the same time when someone speak :) Also France has very historical past and literature. You know one of the best literature, so i always love French literature (like Victor Hugo and Michel de Montaigne) and language. According to me the only problem about French nation is 'long noses' and it's not unsolvable stuff right :))
J'adore la culture Française! C'est comme ça comment ça s'écrit. I grew up knowing french and watching cartoons in french. I visited Paris back in spring 2003, and totally loved it :-) Vote A, all the way!
I am a German historian, so I am a bit biased there... and as far as the language goes, they get upset when you don't know french, but try to visit their country even though they have one of the largest tourism rates in Europe . I can understand expecting everyone to know English is wrong, but when you have as many people visiting your country as they do, you would think they would finally accept that many don't learn a language just to visit for a week or two...
My opinion is largely based on the fact that in my experience, many other nations don't care as much if you don't know their language. and again, not be confused with expecting everyone to know English , which is wrong as well.
Ca m'interesse, mais je suis un peu plus intéressé par les cultures étranges et francophones (cajuns, quebecois, l'Afrique de l'ouest etc.)
Generally speaking, I'm not terribly interested in France proper compared to other countries like Belgium that speak French as well as its former colonies. Since many of the world's fastest growing populations and economies are in French speaking ones, it's likely going to expand greatly in its future global significance.
A once proud and great nation and our former nemesis that now decided to destroy itself by importing loads of immigrants from 3rd world countries, installing one-way political correctness, feminism and one-way tolerance, diversity (which should be called "dieversity" with extra "i"), has it's gold overseas in hands of their masters (if they didn't spend it already) and completely lost their balls in overall.