My partner and I are visiting Paris next week for a long weekend. We have never been to Paris before and we are really looking forward to it. I have been looking at some of the posts with ideas and suggestions about favourable locations and they have been very helpful. I have heard though, on a number of occassions, that French just do not speak English. That's not to say they can not speak English, but that they refuse to! Every time we go to a new country we do our best to blend with the locals and speak their language and even though we are based in London at the momment we are actually Greeks ourselves. I can't help feeling a little nervous about French however, because as much as it is a gorgeous language,my knowledge of it is simply non-existent!
I am willing to try my best in French but will I be able to make use of my English as well or will that be viewed as offensive?
I think both phrases: "It's all Greek to me" and "Excuse my French" are appropriate here!