Humor of French Food Versus Italian
Humor of French Food Versus Italian Food is a true story.
A beautiful young American girl, Barbara Dillon, was staying in Paris for a year.
To learn the language she was attending the famous French language school Alliance Française.
All the lessons were conducted in French, and students were not allowed to speak in their native languages in class. The teacher Marie, was very strict.
One day the lesson was about comparatives. The teacher assigned each student two things to compare in a French sentence, putting the best one first.
Barbara’s assignment was to compare French food to Italian food.
When her turn came, Barbara said, in French,
“Italian food is better than French food!”
“No, no, no,” said the teacher. “Barbara made a very common mistake. What she meant to say was,
‘French food is better than Italian food’!”
“No I didn’t,” Barbara said.
“You need to put the best thing first,” said the teacher. “Try it again.”
“Italian food is better than French food,” Barbara said again.
Puzzled, the teacher said,
“You mean, ‘French food is better than Italian food’.”
“No,” Barbara said, “I like Italian food much better than French.”
“Bof!” was the sound of the teacher making a sudden puff of exhalation, the traditional French scoffing dismissal of anything they disagree with, looking away in disgust.
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