I can finally relate with a certain cliché about the French (not the cheese-eating surrender monkey cliché). Rather, consider how the French are supposed to be rude towards Americans because the two cultures just don't 'get' one another. Like at the Tower of Babel, when the speech was confused, it wasn't just the speech. It was the way of thinking and maybe the French have a reason or two to be rude.
the extra poundage, the funny looking money, and a complete rejection of the
notion that they should learn a few native words before visiting, Americans
just don’t fit in downtown Paris. Le Big
Mac? EuroDisney? No wonder the French are protective of their
language. Some things just don’t
translate. Without pondering the depths
of cultural imperialism, I can relate to French concerns in these matters.
example, a few years ago one of the networks had a movie about “The Flood”. I guess it was based on the Biblical
account. About the same time I remember there
was another show about Cleopatra. Guess
what movie was more historically accurate?
Here's a clue: in TV-land, Sodom
doesn’t have Sodomites and Noah wasn’t the only one with an ark.
would think the producers could have hired some native speakers to guide them
through their producing. But like the
rude visitors they were, they didn’t bother.
They had the money, the script, the ugly shorts, the obtrusive camera,
and didn't know enough of the native tongue to truly communicate. My sense was they didn’t understand half of
what they were trying to say. And now Noah -- the movie! Bum-bum-bum!
The trailer alone looks like Bible fan-fiction. The original doesn't include red-hot swords on
anvils and what looks like a Viking attack on the ark. I wonder what they'll do with Genesis 6:5?
kinds of politicians, entertainers, and newsmen say all kinds of things that
native speakers can tell came straight from the “Conversational Christianity
in 20 Easy Lessons” traveler’s handbook.
And that’s ok, I guess. I suppose
it’s nice to have visitors and people interested, so long as they don’t kid
themselves about where they're from. But
many of them represent the worst kind of tourists - those with something to
sell. They don't want to stay to really
learn what it's like to live here.
say things that just don’t make sense to the native speakers. And not only do they say it with a straight
face, but they smile and expect their audience to agree. Mr. McConaughey apparently not realizing God
watches the movies as well as the Oscars, Revelations the mini-series, “regional”
correspondents from the New York Times,
and high-profile soon to be presidential candidates are all wide-eyed and in
our faces, nodding and speaking far too loudly to be taken seriously. I’m not convinced they’re here with anyone's best
interests in mind, other than their own.
the prism of metrics, they've spotted a new land; a new marketing segment they
want to visit.