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November 19, 2009

カールおじさんに質問 Interview with Carl

ブログの記事も増え、カテゴリーも適当だったので、ちょこっと整理しましたhappy01
Yokohama、Franceというカテゴリーを新設して、横浜の記事と、フランス関係の記事はそのカテゴリーに分類しています。
I found there are so many articles on my blog and categories are not always appropriate, so I re-organized a bit. I created new categories "Yokohama" and "France".

さて、最近「カールおじさんのブログが面白い」と言って下さる方が多く、本人も大変喜んでおりますnotesが!!お分かりの通り、別名カタツムリおじさんの更新頻度が・・・ひどいsweat01
Recently, I got a lot of comments from my friends that they think Carl's blog was interesting and he is very grateful to that. BUT as you can see, he doesn't update very often...

代わりと言ってはナンですが、私が常々いだいていたフランスへの不満疑問をカールおじさんにぶつけたQ&Aをちょっと公開したいと思います。あくまで、一人のフランス人の個人的見解ですが、そういう考えもあるのか、くらいに見てみて下さい。
So, for those who have been waiting for his new post (??) I'll present some Q&A between us: questions about France from me and answers from Carl as a French man. Please note that they're just some opinions of a French man and can not be generalized.

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Q:なんでフランスではサービスが悪いの? Why services are bad in France?
A:そんなに悪くない。店の人との話し方による。チップの習慣は(実は)あまりないから、サービスが良くても悪くても店員の給料は同じ。特に外国人はまた来るかどうか分からないから、適当にあしらわれるかも。
Not that bad. It depends on how you talk to the shop staff. We don't have tipping custom that much so their attitude doesn't really affect their wage. Foreigners could be treated not so great since they're not sure if the foreign customers come back again.

<心の声>「話し方」で対応が変わるんじゃ「そんなに悪くない」とは言えないと思うのだけど。フランス語であいさつ(ボンジュール!シルブプレ!メルシー)するだけで結構違うのは確かだ。前回の旅行でもカールおじさんはあまりチップしてなかった。日本人は米英のようにチップしなきゃ、と思ってしまうので、必要以上にチップしていることがあるようですcoldsweats02
My Opinion: I don't think you can say "not that bad" as long as they change their attitude depending on how to talk to them. It's true their attitude turns better when we use French words such as "bonjour", "s'il vous plait" and "merci". Carl didn't tip that much during the last trip which surprised me. Some Japanese tourists believes we should tip like in US or UK so they tend to tip too much in France.

Q:お店で働いている人がタトゥー、ピアス、化粧、服装等々かなり自由だけど、気にならないの? People working at shops and even stations have tattoos, piercing, heavy make-ups wear what they like etc... Is it OK?
A:全然問題ない。銀行など金融機関はダメだと思う。
Not a problem. Except for banks and other financial institutes.

<心の声>空港の職員さんも髪と化粧が「ド紫」だったり、マックのお兄さんがSUM41のベースみたいだったり、車掌のお姉さんがパンクガールみたいだったり、、、日本ではこれらの場所で働く人はかなりきちっとした格好してるよね。悪いことではないけど、最初はギョっとする。
My Opinion: An airport staff had purple hair and also put on heavy purple make-up, a McDonalds crew was like a bass player in SUM41 (punk band), an SNCF lady was like a punk girl.... People working at these kind of places in Japan never have such appearance. It's nothing wrong, but I can't help hesitate to talk to them for their looks.

Q:なんで毎日電車が遅れるの? trainWhy trains are always late?
A:SNCF(フランス国鉄)は昔は欧州一のレベルだったけど、、ストライキのせい?
SNCF used to be the best in Europe...but maybe for strikes?

Q:遅延証明は出るの? Is "delay proof" issued?
A:自分はあまり電車を使っていなかったから分からない。受験生は前日から会場に泊まり込む人もいる。
I often used car so I don't know. Some students stay a night before an entrance examination in the campus (or where the exam takes place).

<心の声>イマイチ電車遅延の理由がはっきりしませんが。。。ダイヤが悪いのか、運転手が悪いのか。ストライキが多いのは周知の通りだけど。利用者が対策を講じるしかないというのは悔しいなぁ。質問したけど、「遅延証明」なんて概念はないんじゃないかしら、と思う。
My Opinion: The reason of the delay of public transportations is not clear. Is it the problem with the schedule or the drivers? I know there are muuuuuuuuch more strikes there. It's not great that customers have to take some plan to avoid the problem. I'm not sure if there is "delay proof" in France. It is a piece of paper which is given to passengers who was on a delayed train. You can hand the paper to your teacher, boss etc.. to prove that it's not your fault to be late for school or work and so on. For your information, when your train stops for long, you may use other lines which take you to your destination for free in Japan.

反応によっては「つづく」かも。カールおじさんに質問したい方がいらしたら、どしどしお寄せ下さいloveletter
Can be continued..? If you have any questions to Carl, feel free to post:-)

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