Wednesday, October 6

Say the password get the chocolates


When I arrived in France I got a cultural shock. We Indians are not used to see girls in bikini or in a swim suit on a beach nor to find a couple kissing in a public place or even at home in front of others but I was aware of these cultural shocks. The one I got was more of a cultural difference. We will begin our first lesson with it. The word I am going to tell you is the key to all the conversations and a password to enter any place or get your work done. Can you guess? Yes, you are right the word is Bonjour [bɔ̃ʒuʀ].

You dream that you are gliding on a wave of something sweet and fresh except it is not a dream. You get up with the smell of fresh bread from a near by french bakery. You go there say the password ‘Bonjour’ and you have the most delicious bread in your hands. You get ready, wait for the bus say Bonjour to bus driver and you are in, go to a chocolate shop say 'Bonjour' and you get the yummiest chocolates, go to a bank say Bonjour and you have your money (not always ;-) ). Everything starts with a ‘Bonjour’ in France, if you do not say it you are impolite. What is the next key word? Can you tell me?

4 comments:

Freshly Found said...

Bonjour Polyglot! I had to look up the meaning of that 2nd word! What a lovely way to describe yourself!

Creative Polyglot said...

Thanks Denise!

Pallavi Ivaldi (Reddy) said...

The second password would be MERCI ?

Creative Polyglot said...

yeah exactly Pallavi!