Humor of Two Types of French

Humor of Two Types of French spoken by Americans is from the book Me Talk Pretty One Day about struggling to learn French, by David Sedaris.

Here is an excerpt from the chapter Make That A Double, in the book Me Talk Pretty One Day.



by humorist David Sedaris

“There are, I have noticed, two basic types of French spoken by Americans vacationing in Paris:

the Hard Kind


the Easy Kind.


“The Hard Kind

involves the conjugation of wily verbs and the science of placing them alongside various other words in order to form such sentences as

‘I go him say good afternoon’


‘No, not to him I no go it him say now.’


“The second, less complicated form of French

amounts to screaming English at the top of your lungs,

much the same way you’d shout at a deaf person or the dog you thought you could train to stay off your sofa.

The speaker carries no pocket dictionary

and never suffers the humiliation that inevitably comes with pointing to the menu and ordering the day of the week.

With Easy French,

eating out involves a simple

‘Bring Me A Steak’.”




More Humor of David Sedaris

Humor of Knowing Only a Few Words of French

Humor of Male and Female Genders in French.

Humor of Language Tapes in French.

Humor of Vocabulary Cards in French.

Me Talk Pretty One Day is about the humor in a French Class in Paris.

Humor of Giving Up on French School.

Humor of Not Understanding French.

Humor of Difficulty Speaking French.

Humor of Learning French in Prison.

Humor of Subtitles in French for English Films.


Humor of Other People Learning French:

Humor of Learning French In Kindergarten.

Humor Saying Cheese.

Humor of Steve Martin on French.

Humor of Traveling in France Alone.

Humor of a Jam in Paris.

Humor of Doing It in French.

Humor Using Phones in Paris.


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