Whew, what a week this has been for me. Having never spent a day in a French-speaking country, I've spent a significant amount of time over the course of my 9-day stint here in Abidjan trying to learn some useful phrases. So you have an idea what I'm talking about, here are some choice jems from my self-created course of study:
- As-tu des bon-bons (do you have any candy)?
- J'ai le fou rire (I have the giggles).
- Je suis ananas (I am a pineapple).
- Amusons-nous comme des fous (Let's have fun like idiots).
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to squeeze any of them into ANY conversation I've had. Not with taxi drivers, street food vendors, beachgoers, etc. Perhaps I should have taken better care to learn how to say stuff like:
- Extra pepper, please.
- No, I would really only like half of that half of a chicken.
- What on earth gives you the idea I'm American?