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25 Guaranteed Ways To Offend a French Studies Student

French Studies students are usually pretty hard to annoy, but there are some things that are guaranteed to grind their gears.

1. Ask them if they study “just French.”

Is that not enough for you?

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2. Or say things like: “So, can you speak French now?”

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3. And then insist that they immediately demonstrate this for you.

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4. Assume they want to be a French teacher or translator.

Ha 👏 ha 👏

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5. And then question what else they could possibly do with it.

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6. Say random French words at them for no apparent reason.

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7. Or put them on the spot by asking them to translate something without providing any context whatsoever.

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8. And then look extremely underwhelmed when they explain that this isn’t how it works.

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9. Imply that French is the easiest of all the MFLs.

That’s really funny 🙂

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10. Or tell them that everyone in France speaks English anyway.

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11. Judge them for watching a French film with the subtitles on.

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12. Ask them to pronounce the present plural form of a verb and tell them they forgot the last three letters.

“What about the “-ent???”

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13. Question their translation of a word by saying: “But I thought that meant something else?”

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14. Look at them like you think they’re lying when they explain that some words have more than one meaning.

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15. Or say: “That doesn’t sound right” when they tell you it’s the same word in English.

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16. Guess the correct meaning of a simple phrase and say something like “Well, that was easy. I don’t know what you’re complaining about.”

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17. Update your Facebook profile to say that you can speak fluent French because you studied it at GCSE.

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18. Allow them to vent to you about using the subjunctive and then say: “It doesn’t sound that bad to me.”

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19. Or tell them you wish you could do a speaking exam.

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20. Look unimpressed when you discover that they can write some of their essays in English.

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21. Or make them feel uncomfortable when you hear them speaking French.

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22. Assume that they now know everything there is to know about French culture, society and language.

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23. And that their year abroad is “just a holiday.”

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24. Keep telling them it’s going to be so easy for them to get a first.

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25. But that they’ll probably never even speak that much French once they’ve graduated anyway.

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