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    Sad You would only get this kind of question from an American

    How much French should I know to vist DLP? i am currently not planning a trip but would love to go for my honeymoon. However, I know no French at all. I took 2 years of it in High School but alas, it did not do well for me.
    Would there be a major language barrier if I did go?

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    Most French speak English...We went for World Cup years ago and had no problem at all. Sign language works in a pinch and works well.
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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    winter wonder: I am going this summer and that is one issue that worries me. I took a quickie French class one summer in college (I needed the credits and it was one of those classes that moved fast and crammed 2 semesters into 2 months) 10 years ago. I got a B. I have bought a book on French phrases and I need to look at it more.

    I just hope that I can communicate with people around me and not everyone stares at me as "the stupid American" HAHA!
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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    I just got back last September. I speak what might as well be no French at all. Seriously, beyond Bonjour and mercy I'm pretty lost. In Paris I was able to get by based mainly on common sense, hand gestures and figguring things out. Once I walked through the gates of "Parc Disneyland", however, any language barrier I might have had dissapeared. Really, I hardly noticed I was in a differnt country. So if your question is how much French you will need to know in Disneyland, the answer is almost none. That being said, If I could offer one word of advice about France in general. I would try and learn as much of the common stuff as you can. Even if you pronounce it really badly. Making at least an attempt to speak a couple of words in French goes a long way with the French people. Even if it's just my badly accented "bonjour!".

    Disneyland paris is absolutely beautiful!, I hope you have a wonderful time

    Bon Voyage!
    (look more french! I guess I know more than I thought).

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    My French is very basic, I know a tiny bit, and I survive just fine at Disneyland Paris. The majority of the Cast Members speak English also, and very good English at that!

    I try and speak French when I can, like ordering food for example, and the usual greetings. I think it's nice to try

    If and when you go to DLP, I hope you'll have an amazing time!

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    You shouldn't have any problems in France with English. I have been to Paris two times and I have never had any problems. I know that many people say that the people in France don't want to talk in English, that's not true for Paris.

    My native language is German and before I spent 6 months in the US my English was okay, but not as good as it is now and as I said before I didn't have any problems to communicate.
    I had French for four years in school and I tried to talk in French when I was in Paris, but most of them offered me to talk in English.

    In Disneyland you will not have any problems. Nearly all CMs speak English and many of them even German and other languages. That's also a reason why I like DLRP, there are so many CMs from so many different countries all over Europe. It's a very international park compared to WDW. At least that's my experience. At WDW I encountered only American CMs, except Epcot.

    So enjoy your honeymoon in France!

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    Allez, vas-y. Bon Voyage, et Bon Marriage!

    It's not too hard to understand.

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    I went last year for the first time and neither I nor my partner know *any* French. One thing to bear in mind is that Paris, and Disneyland Paris Resort, receive a HUGH number of visitors from Great Britain. As a result, a sizable proportion of restaurants and attractions have information in English all across Paris--and especially in Disneyland.

    I agree that knowing a few phrases can be handy when you are off the beaten path, and if used politely--are nice to share. I looked up a few key phrases (variations on "please" and "thank you," asking for tap water as opposed to bottled water, asking for the washroom, etc.) and was glad I knew them.

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    If you don't want to be assumed as a "rude American", tell them you're from Canada.

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    Quote Originally Posted by aimster View Post
    If you don't want to be assumed as a "rude American", tell them you're from Canada.

    aha! tehe

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

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    Allez, vas-y. Bon Voyage, et Bon Marriage!

    It's not too hard to understand.
    i am vaguely guesing you are telling me to have a good trip and a good marriage, oui?

    i do love the french language, its just never stuck with me

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    Quote Originally Posted by winder*wonder View Post
    i do love the french language, its just never stuck with me
    I'm exactly the same, I'm always trying to teach myself new bits but it never quite stays with me for very long I'd love to be fluent one day!

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    I was there August of 2008 and no one in my family spoke ANY French.... There was only 1 CM that we came across that didn't speak English. When we were in the city of Paris, there were always English speakers near that would be happy to help. I hope you enjoy your trip!!!

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    Voilą OP. You got it!

    You'll be fine, have fun!

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    Re: You would only get this kind of question from an American

    Staying within the resort you can easily survive with absolutely no French.

    Outside of the resort, things get trickier. And if you are planning on visiting Central Paris, they do not like those people who do not at least try and sprekken de lingo.
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