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Old 11-06-2014, 12:28 PM
 
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lol! Really?

English speaking Canadians are well aware that you cannot expect service in English in much of Quebec. I would assume that most Americans that travel to Quebec would have done some research or would have some knowledge of the fact that Quebec operates mainly in French. How someone can DEMAND service in a foreign language beats me ...

But then again, stupidity has no limits ...
Yes, it was unbelievable. The shopkeeper spoke no English, and the woman kept yelling in English like the lady would understand if she spoke loudly enough.

My French is pretty much limited to saying hello, goodbye, yes, no, please, thank you, ordering a meal or glass of wine, and asking for a toilet. When I need assistance I will say in French, "Bonjour, je ne parles pas Francais, pouvez-vous me aider?" While in Quebec I have yet to not have someone either switch to English or get someone who speaks English. I have had people in Paris look at me like I was the Devil and walk away though.

That said at least you know it's a different language. In Newfoundland you know they are speaking English, but don't have a damn idea what they are saying.

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Old 11-06-2014, 12:51 PM
 
Location: City of Angels
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But that's true! Everyone does love USD. You can get away with paying in USD in much of the world. I have even done it Western Europe and Asia.
Why? In almost every case I can think of where USD are accepted in other countries, you're getting ripped off on the exchange rate. I would never pay in USD if I didn't absolutely have to, unless it's a country that uses USD like Cambodia or Ecuador or something.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:28 PM
 
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On a small cruise on the Amazon, a passenger commenting on the water (which is brown), "it's dirty."

They are correct. It has a very large amount of sediment (dirt) suspended in it.
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Old 11-06-2014, 01:30 PM
 
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Why? In almost every case I can think of where USD are accepted in other countries, you're getting ripped off on the exchange rate. I would never pay in USD if I didn't absolutely have to, unless it's a country that uses USD like Cambodia or Ecuador or something.
I agree. I never pay with USD unless I absolutely have to or if I am getting an exchange rate better than that available at the banks. Sometimes, hotels might give you a cash exchange rate that is better than the bank exchange rate.

But these days you can use your credit card and get excellent exchange rates for most currencies without any fees. So I don't have to carry much cash or exchange a lot of money anymore ..
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:02 PM
 
Location: Somerville, MA
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I was a lifeguard in college at a popular beach in New England.

I had a visibly panicked woman from the midwest come up and tell me, "a crab bit me." I said, "ok... are you bleeding or in a lot of pain?" She said, "No, I'm not bleeding, but is it poisonous?"

I have no patience for that type of question, so I told her that it was probably poisonous and that she should get it checked out at the ER. I can only imagine that there's an ER nurse out there with an equally funny story about a poisonous crab "biting" a woman at the beach. I would feel bad, but it takes a heaping dose of stupidity/ignorance (both?) to think that a pinch (crabs don't "bite") from a crab at a New England beach may be poisonous. Beyond that, 90 percent of crab pinches at that beach were actually people stepping on broken shells or sharp rocks combined with surf moving the ground beneath their feet giving the impression they were pinched. Rarely was anyone actually pinched (between growing up and swimming at the beach every summer and spending 40 hours a week there, I have never been pinched).
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:24 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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lol! Really?

English speaking Canadians are well aware that you cannot expect service in English in much of Quebec.
Just because they know it doesn't meant they accept it or gladly "roll with it".

I live in Quebec and witness English-speaking people (from where they are I usually have no idea) being rude to francophone service staff several times a month.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:29 PM
 
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Just because they know it doesn't meant they accept it or gladly "roll with it".

I live in Quebec and witness English-speaking people (from where they are I usually have no idea) being rude to francophone service staff several times a month.
I find this kind of behavior to be very strange. Who in their right mind would get angry at hotel staff in China because they don't speak English?
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:35 PM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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I find this kind of behavior to be very strange. Who in their right mind would get angry at hotel staff in China because they don't speak English?
It's more complex than that. Assuming these people are Canadian, they are still in Canada when in Quebec so they expect I suppose to be able to feel at home (read = in English) everywhere in Canada including in Quebec.
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Old 11-06-2014, 02:41 PM
 
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It's more complex than that. Assuming these people are Canadian, they are still in Canada when in Quebec so they expect I suppose to be able to feel at home (read = in English) everywhere in Canada including in Quebec.
Yes, I was exaggerating a little with the China example ... and I get your point.

But what Canadian tourist would go to Quebec not knowing that it has a predominantly French-speaking population. I guess some people are just stupid.
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Old 11-06-2014, 08:40 PM
 
Location: N.C. for now... Atlanta future
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The look on American faces as their cruise ship stops in Vancouver, British Columbia.
Particularly in the evening you don't see the city due to Stanley Parks' trees until you're under the Lions Gate Bridge.
Your cruise ship turns the corner and there it is, a city you've never heard of lit up like Xmas every night.

"I had not idea a city like this existed in North America outside of the USA.!!!
Americans have heard of Vancouver (well most of the ones I know do anyway), but they often don't realize how fabulous it's geographical setting is... Vancouver is regarded my many to have one of the finest natural setting's of all cities. Snow capped mountains, a blue oceanfront, green pines, glittering buildings. It's like Switzerland and Norway rolled up together. Vancouver and Seattle have that Pacific Northwest beauty.
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