| NormanH wrote:|
|"I would find my french friends speaking english, which they have never done with me."|
I had that experience recently, when I was invited to a meal where there was an English couple who really spoke virtually no French at all.
Several French people I know amazed me by managing quite reasonable English when I really had the impression that they knew none at all from when they are with me.
You can imagine my surprise when my very well educated French girlfriend of several years after 18 months and who had never even said more than yes, no, please, thankyou to my own family, and most of that in French, suddenly spoke far better English than my French when the vicar asked her if she understood and had enjoyed the service.
I was absolutely gob-smacked, I knew that she had had a very good education and must have studied English to a high level, plus she is the sort to always get the best grades, she had also surprised me at times by knowing the English for some quite complex French terms that I couldnt understand her French explanation of but that day in church she shook me to the core, its always the quiet ones isnt it!!!
I am quite flattered that people choose not to use their English at all in my company.