Friday, August 17, 2012
Are you German?
At least three times in the past month, when I've told someone that my French is imperfect and asked someone to speak more slowly so that I could catch all of what they said, I've had them stop and look at me and say, "Are you German?" When I say, "No, I'm American," they seem surprised. I am sure that some of it is that there are more tourists in Lyon from Germany than from the United States, but some of it may also be that they don't expect Americans to speak French. In either case, it may indicate that my accent is not as terrible as I thought (or differently terrible).