Date: Wed, 16 Mar 1994 10:42:23 -0500 From: "William A. Kretzschmar, Jr." Subject: French linguistic legislation chauvinism My spouse and I love Paris, and are looking forward to going once more next month for the ACH/ALLC conference, but she has had terrible trouble there when she tries to speak French. The most vivid recent example was the ticket lady in the Orangerie; Claudia got a terrible scowl for asking about museum tickets. I've never had a problem, or even a scowl. The only thing close was when I went to ask about Customs in the basement of the Gallerie Lafayette: the first person I talked to didn't know the answer to my question (about duties on artworks) and called over her colleague, who spoke some English, on grounds that I must not be asking the question right---the colleague, who had overheard the entire exchange, said that my French was fine and that she didn't know the answer to my question either! The answer, by the way, is that there is no US duty on original artworks. ****************************************************************************** Bill Kretzschmar Phone: 706-542-2246 Dept. of English FAX: 706-542-2181 University of Georgia Internet: billk[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE] Athens, GA 30602-6205 Bitnet: wakjengl[AT SYMBOL GOES HERE]uga