To cringe at an English family abroad?
Quattrocento · 16/07/2007 20:27
By way of background ....
At the table next to us at lunch today there was an English family. I knew they were English because they were talking VERY LOUDLY and VERY SLOWLY at the lovely waitress whom we have got to know quite well. They were treating her as though she were some form of educationally subnormal person for not knowing English. Without making any sort of effort at all.
They were also wearing Crocs. All of them. I hasten to add I am (or was) agnostic on the subject of crocs. Until today.
hatrickjacqueline · 16/07/2007 20:29
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kittywits · 16/07/2007 20:38
I wish there wasn't so much "English bashing" going on. They were obvious to you because you were tuned into the language.
I have have been near some pretty offensively loud foreigners before who were not in the slightest bit aware of of how intrusive their general 'shouting' was.
SSSandy2 · 16/07/2007 20:39
They do try sometimes. I'm overseas and I can spot a Brit a mile off because I've got a practised eye for diff nationalities these days. I find the ones I see here are generally quiet, very quiet, unobtrusive and tentative. (I'm not around when they're getting pissed mind you). Sometimes I want to go up and tell them "it's ok you're here, you needn't look so apologetic about it". They don't shout at anyone when I'm around.
What I find a bit hard to take can be the Russian tourists. Not all of course but some can seem spectacularly rude to service staff. I've been grabbed quite often when I've just been out shopping minding my own business and told they want this or that and they expect you to potter off and organise it for them - which I generally do. No comparison.
hatrickjacqueline · 16/07/2007 20:40
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StripeyBroomstickSpottyWand · 16/07/2007 20:54
Agree that they should try and at least say merci. But its better that they speak slowly rather than fast if they're not sure how well the waitress speaks English. Although I'm sure she was probably fluent, most French people have excellent English.
I always speak French when in France, but quite often the French person will say "its ok, I speak English". I can manage ok and be understood but I'm sure its a bit painful for the poor French person.
My spansh on the other hand is non exsistent. But when I went to Spai nwe had a phrasebook and I attempted to order every meal in Spanish. Didn't always got what I ordered which made for some interesting meals!
IsabelWatchingItRainInMacondo · 16/07/2007 20:55
FWIW I feel ashamed of many people when they are are away of their country.
TBH most tourists don't do their homework or at least try to respect the local culture, for many, a trip abroad is not to apreciate unusual marvellous things but to think the rest of the world is stupid for not doing things the way they do.
Quattrocento · 16/07/2007 22:17
Oh gosh, so not like jelly sandals and good to protect small feet (and big feet too) from the pebbles on the beach?
A style faux-pas? They do seem very practical to me. On the beach obviously. You wouldn't want to wear your solid oak flooring on the beach now would you?
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