I am quickly becoming famous at my café for being that smiley "Canadian girl". But just to clarify, not the "québécoise girl." The French only know Canadians in one-way: that they speak French and are from a magical place called Québec. No other part of Canada exists in their minds. Canada = Quebec. To them, Canadians speak with a funny French accent, which they love and hate at the same time, and love maple syrup and snowmobiling. As soon as I say I am Canadian and I don't have this funny accent they suddenly get confused. "but you can't be Canadian, you sound English?" "there are English parts of Canada?" "Ohh we've only ever been travelling to Quebec!". This confuses them, but it's hilarious. On the other hand, I've had so many Québécois come into the restaurant, and ask me why I didn't go to Québec to learn french... I can't bare to tell them why... I'm sorry I just don't like the accent! Many people have tried, and failed to guess where I am from on multiple occasions. My most common is Spanish.
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My favourite part of the cafe is that people keep coming in saying "oh so and so told me to come in and get a coffee from the Canadian girl! She's great to chat with". So far this has happened three times today, with English speakers obviously. English speakers abroad tend to be like magnets; and word gets around quite quickly when there is an English speaker around. So, I've made a lot of friends.
There's also a French man that comes in specifically to speak English with me, even though I think he only speaks maybe 5 words of English he insists on telling me his whole order in broken words. It's actually quite cute, and how I feel when I speak French.
Moral of this story: Just tell people straight up you're Canadian, or lie and say you're British, they won't know.
Katy Bird, you're Canadian traveller
P.S. Leave me a comment if you read all the way to the end hehe
Written for you from Lyon, FRANCE!