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Strange habits and methods of the French, part 1 of n 
24th-May-2005 05:08 pm
  • Eat their French Fries with a fork
  • Be willing to pay 3€ for a Big Mac
  • Shake everyone's hand upon entrance to the office every morning
  • Be extremely frank (is that where that word came from?) about racial/sexual prejudices
  • I'd estimate that about 50% of men are casual smokers, and about 15% are full-on addicted, although that's using an extremely small sample size
  • Are as likely to ogle as teenage boys (I can only speak for the men, as there are no women in tech support back here)
  • Are incredibly inattentive about physical security. I was able to shoulder-surf the passkey to get into the office. As a matter of fact, no one has told me what it is, nor have I asked. I guess they just assume I ring the bell or something.
  • Seem to treat Country music with the same disregard as most Americans North of the Mason-Dixon do
  • Are much more multi-lingual than your average American. There are two full-time tech support guys and they provide service in French, English, German, Danish, and Spanish. (Granted, that's together, separately they each only have three languages.
So there
24th-May-2005 06:33 pm (UTC)
Europeans do smoke like chimneys. But I like the fact that people are generally multilingual in other countries. In S.A., people spoke at least English and Afrikaans, and some of the black people there spoke English, their tribal language, and another bunch of them to boot. It sucks that in America, we're discouraged from knowing more than English.
25th-May-2005 02:55 am (UTC)
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