French for Travelers 2016 Wednesday, Feb 3 2016
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Bonjour! This little French word is quite possibly one of the most important a traveler can use while in France. Why so? Well, it means ‘hello’ so saying it at appropriate times is a practical necessity. But the real importance of ‘bonjour’ has much more to do with politesse (politeness) and courtoisie (courtesy), two critical aspects of French culture.
Along with having a few French phrases handy, knowing the French habits of politeness and respect go a long way to avoiding any ‘faux pas’ when traveling in France. Just for fun, check your French culture knowledge with this short travel quiz below:
When saying goodbye to someone in France, you can say:
b) Au revoir
c) A bientôt
d) All of the above
When served bread at a French restaurant, you should:
a) Put it on the edge of your plate
b) Eat it directly from the bread basket
c) Place it on the table next to your plate
d) None of the above
When invited for an aperitif at a French person’s home, you should:
a) Stay for half an hour
b) Arrive late and stay for 20 minutes
c) Stay for an hour or so
d) Stay until the family starts to sit down for dinner
When interacting with a French waiter at a restaurant or café, you can:
a) Call him over with a loud “Garçon!”
b) Address him as “Monsieur”
c) Address him by his first name as noted on his name tag
d) All of the above
If you’re intrigued by the French politeness associated with ‘bonjour’ as well as the answers to the little quiz above, I’ll be talking about it all in depth along with French etiquette, attitudes and much more in my annual “French for Travelers” seminar coming up at SMU in mid-February. For the ninth year in a row, we’ll explore how making an effort with the language in France goes a LONG way to a great travel experience there, even though many French speak a bit of English these days.
In this special mini-intensive course, I will also teach essential phrases for a variety of situations (including restaurants – how to order, what to order, what NOT to order – tête de veau, anyone??), French customs and vocabulary for a variety of contexts (table manners, shopping, hotels, museums, how to ask for gift wrapping!), indispensable pronunciation tips, and a long list of French travel essentials. Real life stories and anecdotes about travel in France and interacting with the French make this a lively and fun class. You will also walk away with specific tips and strategies about traveling well in France (by train, Metro, air) and also the confidence to really enjoy your time there.
If you already have some French, this course complements previous study of the language, though no prior knowledge of French is required. The class includes six hours of rich instruction plus comprehensive handouts so you will walk away with a great toolkit and guide to take on your next trip to France. Please note that this class is conducted primarily in English with lots of good practice in French. You can bring your France travel questions too! Advance registration is required through SMU’s Continuing Studies Program. (Please note that this is the only time in 2016 this course will be offered – just in time for the spring, summer and fall travel season!)
“French for Travelers 2016″
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday – February 16, 17, 18, 2016
SMU Continuing Studies – Main campus location
For registration information and to contact SMU, please click here.
What does one say to call over this busy French waiter??
For those who live outside of Texas and might like to take this course via webinar (online seminar) format, we are exploring this option. Please let us know of your interest in the comment section below. Merci beaucoup!