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musicbunnydancing
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Icon 11 posted November 23, 2005 23:59      Profile for musicbunnydancing     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hello everyone, well I have not been around these forums for a while, but you all can guess why. [Wink]

Anyway my boyfriend's company is moving him to New York we just found out. And of course I'm going with him. Does anyone know what New York is like in America? And will they hate a french lady? Oh I'm going to meet his parents, I'm scared. [crazy]

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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 00:14      Profile for YaYawoman     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Don't be scared. New York is great! You will love it. Many will be so fascinated with your accent, don't worry about them not liking you because you are french. Your future in-laws, oh boy, more family. Once they realize your boyfriend loves and chose you, they will be happy for him and you.
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Expect to be made fun of. But wait!!! this is a good thing, because if they really didn't like you, they probably wouldn't say anything at all.

The american-french rivalry is a lot like the american-canadian rivalry, but more intense. It doesn't really mean much in the long run, but it's still fun to take part in.

And I have to agree, I think the sexiness of a French accent will save you from any real verbal abuse [Wink]

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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 00:45      Profile for Bibo   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
I think New York likes a French lady
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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 02:50      Profile for musicbunnydancing     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by nerdwithnofriends:
Expect to be made fun of. But wait!!! this is a good thing, because if they really didn't like you, they probably wouldn't say anything at all.

The american-french rivalry is a lot like the american-canadian rivalry, but more intense. It doesn't really mean much in the long run, but it's still fun to take part in.

And I have to agree, I think the sexiness of a French accent will save you from any real verbal abuse [Wink]

[Big Grin] Well in that case...some french is in order...

merci, ja vais tres bien! Je m'appelle Mademoiselle Avril Belle Russell. [Wink]
Comment vas-tu?

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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 03:21      Profile for Callipygous     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Bien merci!

When I visited New York, unfortunately only for a few days, I found nobody prepared to live up their legendary reputation for rudeness. On the contrary people were very hospitable and charmed me completely. It is a great city, and I can not imagine anyone not loving it. Of course it also has a very ruthless and materialistic side to it too, but so has Paris and I love Paris too.

The only bad side to my visit, and it may well be that I was unlucky, was that I did not find anywhere really good to eat out, and indeed I had I think the blandest, most character free restaurant food that I have ever tasted. This was all the more disappointing as often it looked terrific on the plate

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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 03:37      Profile for Swiss Mercenary     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ca gaz par ici, sauf que j'ai une crève de ouf et que je dois tout de même bosser.

Il y a des jours ou j'aurais vraiment voulu rester au lit.

Puis bon, les Parigoths faut dire que nous, en province, on aime pas [Wink] [Razz]

De toute façon suis pas provinciaux, suis Suisse, un bon Genevois.

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Icon 12 posted November 24, 2005 03:58      Profile for Stereo     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Et puis, si le français te manque, Ney York n'est qu'à quelques heures de route du Québec!

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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 04:36      Profile for ChildeRoland     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Ok. Where'd I leave my bat?

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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 04:55      Profile for musicbunnydancing     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by ChildeRoland:
Ok. Where'd I leave my bat?

Haha.
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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 07:18      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Hey there...let me be the first to extend a warm welcome to you. [Smile] I'm not in the city, but near enough. [Big Grin]

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Icon 1 posted November 24, 2005 13:00      Profile for musicbunnydancing     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by dragonman97:
Hey there...let me be the first to extend a warm welcome to you. [Smile] I'm not in the city, but near enough. [Big Grin]

Aww thank you. [Big Grin]
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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 02:07      Profile for cheryl   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
personally, i have never been to america, I dont tend to venture out of England (i can see the world through my lap top and web connection!)
so when you get there, tell us what its like [Big Grin]

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quote:
Originally posted by cheryl:
personally, i have never been to america, I dont tend to venture out of England (i can see the world through my lap top and web connection!)
so when you get there, tell us what its like [Big Grin]

Well, you should. The first time I went to NY I was sure that as soon as I stepped out of the airport some hooded junkie (being chased by a maverick cop who's regretting having given up smoking just this week, and whose wife is leaving him due his heavy drinking and all the overtime he spends trying to rid this goddamned city of scum, whilst trying not to further enrage his no-good pencil-pushing Captain, who he can't keep off his ass, and always has his ass on the line, and is always busting his ass, plus many other ass-related cliches, and he can tell the commissioner to shove his badge up his ass, as he doesn't have a goddamn clue about life on the tough streets, and also, the Captain is nearing retirement and doesn't want this loose-cannon-but-a-goddamn-good-cop to louse things up yet again just as he's about to get his gold carriage clock... you know the rest... ) - was going to stab me in the head for crack-money, when actually, it was quite pleasant.

Folks is genuinely more friendly over thar. We over here realise what cynical, miserable sons-a-bitches we can be (esp. to tourists) once we encounter real hospitality somewhere else.

And the breakfasts... mmm...

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My only time in Manhattan I was driving through after visiting an ex-girlfriend. I ended up taking a wrong turn and getting lost in the Bronx. The humour in it was that it was I was genuinely terrified since I'd heard stories.

As it turned out, I went to a gas station, and asked a cabby if he could give me directions. He was probably one of the most helpful, decent people I've ever met. He pulled out a piece of paper, and drew me a map of all the roads I needed to get back where I was going, and I was back on the highway in no time at all.

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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 09:58      Profile for supaboy     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Bibo:
I think New York likes a French lady

So does supa: Melissa Theuriau. Phwoaaar! [hearts] [Eek!]
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My sister is in college in NYC so I go up and visit her once in a while. I personally don't like the city...very noisy, very crowded, and extremely cramped. But my sister loves it there, and I'm sure you'll like it there if you're with the right people (i.e. your boyfriend).

Don't worry about people not liking you; New York is a very multi-cultural city. I'm sure people will find your Parisian accent very lovely [Smile]

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Douglas Adams summed it up best (apoligies for the misquote) - "If you have to stay in NY for a while, get a job as a cab driver. The fact that you don't know the language or the basic layout of the city is, oddly, not seen as a hinderance there."

NYC is an enigma. It is such a melting pot that ANYONE/ANYTHING can fit right in. It is both the most cosmopolitan and most provincial city in the world. Aliens could be landing in central park and someone in Greenwich Village could hear about it and not want to go see because it "all the way uptown".

You can speak in any language on the planet and someone on the subway will understand you. And yet, the people in most public service jobs speak in a way that most English speakers can't understand.

As far as being French. No one in NYC cares. NYC loves the rest of the world. We all hate our President. You won't get any special treatment for being French, nor will you get any worse treatment. You're just another one of us.

Unless you're obviously a tourist. Then the scam artists will try to rob you. But, it sounds like you boyfriend is from NY, so he'll know what to do.

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Je suis une grande poulet!

Et c'est treis bien!

Non?

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Icon 1 posted November 25, 2005 23:15      Profile for musicbunnydancing     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
quote:

As far as being French. No one in NYC cares. NYC loves the rest of the world. We all hate our President. You won't get any special treatment for being French, nor will you get any worse treatment. You're just another one of us.
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Good to find out. I don't want any special treatment, I just want to blend in and have a nice life there. [Wink]
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Hiya, I've been to NYC a lot, and let me be one of the many to say that it's an incredible place. There are 2 different experiences though, the tourist, and the regular person. The tourist experience can be quite scary, and quite intimidating. The regular person experience is quite nice though. Just make sure that for the first month or so you're always with someone who knows the city.

Also, a big thing is to just to keep the mentality of not caring what anyone thinks about you. If you do that, nobody cares what you are like in a bad way, and nobody will bother you.

And a little hint... don't look up and stare at tall buildings. If you just keep focused ahead, and keep in your conversation, you'll be fine, and nobody will even know that you haven't been there for quite some time.

Oh, and if you need any of this in French, I'm decent with it, so just let me know.

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