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"Bonjour Madame, Bonjour Monsiuer" Shopping Tip by Dabs

Shopping, Paris: 17 reviews and 15 photos

My husband got a little French lesson from a local police officer one afternoon when he enquired "Ou est le metro?" The policeman looked at him and said very slowly "Bon jour". My husband, thinking he didn't understand his French, tried again "Ou est le metro?" Once again he responded very slowly "Bon jour". By now my husband understood and said "Bon jour, ou est le metro?" to which he replied in very clear English with very specific instructions.

So don't forget the formalities, whether it be upon entering or leaving a hotel, restaurant or shop or whether asking directions on the street, a cheery bon jour (good day) or bon soir (good evening) will go a long way to helping you get the right answer or good service.

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  • Written Oct 11, 2011
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