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    kathyc
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    @sheridan wrote:

    Why is it inverted snobbery not to want to live in an area with lots of Brits?

    If I’d wanted that I’d have stayed in the UK.

    I lked most of the people I knew in England – I certainly didn’t come to France to get away from them.
    If you don’t get on with your neighbours in one area, it is quite likely that you won’t get on with them in another. My therapist friend calls it ‘doing a geographical’ and it rarely works.[/quote]

    I certainly haven’t moved abroad to get away from anyone but, on the other hand, I have moved “abroad”.

    If it hadn’t been for my husband’s state of health I would have preferred to live somewhere more foreign because, for me, that’s what it’s all about. As it is, France was a compromise solution but I still prefer it to be as different as possible.

    I appreciate that this isn’t for others who try to mould their adopted country into a simulacrum of “home” ( but with better weather and cheaper houses) but that isn’t the way I want to live. I wouldn’t want to stop anyone living in whatever way they choose but I do object to being called an “inverted snob” just because I want a foreign country to stay, well, “foreign”.

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    Don’t know what’s gone wrong with the quotation, that was obviously what I wrote and not what you did.


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    @yorkiedownsouthwest wrote:

    @sheridan wrote:

    Why is it inverted snobbery not to want to live in an area with lots of Brits?

    If I’d wanted that I’d have stayed in the UK.

    I lked most of the people I knew in England – I certainly didn’t come to France to get away from them.
    If you don’t get on with your neighbours in one area, it is quite likely that you won’t get on with them in another. My therapist friend calls it ‘doing a geographical’ and it rarely works.

    Well said!

    This “inverted snobbery” thing is wheeled out at the first sign of anyone expressing a differing view by saying “I don’t want to live in a Brit enclave”.

    ……. and before the pedants return, frothing, “enclave” can mean “ghetto” or any equivalent word. “Brit” can mean anyone from the UK etc etc etc.

    Why can’t folk accept that different views can be held, without resorting to petty insults?

    Stuart[/quote]

    I totally agree and “enclave” is a much better word than “ghetto”, so thanks for that as well.


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    spardo
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    @yorkiedownsouthwest wrote:

    Why can’t folk accept that different views can be held, without resorting to petty insults?

    Stuart

    Precisely Stuart. :)


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    bubbles1
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    The French there are so used to hearing English or broken French spoken that they have developed a very good ear and the means to communicate with simple speech and gestes, I witnessed a guy in a builders merchant that was speaking fairly confidently in French, he looked to have been there a long long time but he didnt use any tenses and used the infinitive form of every verb, he was tolerated and understood though which really impressed me.

    THATS ME and it works. I am still trying to improve I promise. :oops:


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