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French people find Mr Bean funny… they need help…

September 21, 2010

OK, having actually watched Mr Bean with French people since moving here I can’t help laughing, but let’s face it, the humor isn’t exactly sophisticated.

Of course, to be fair, they probably like it because they don’t have to understand English to get Mr Bean, and we have to admit that as a nation the French are better at speaking English than we are at speaking French!

If you go and live with French people and you miss the British humour, it’s easy enough to buy some UK DVDs and get them going on those. Some of the Harry Enfield stuff can be understood by those with a smattering of English, and what better way to get them introduced to some of our finest comedy!

2 Comments leave one →
  1. Julie permalink
    March 4, 2011 10:54 pm

    The problem is the french don’t have much of a sense humour, unless you laugh at the end of something funny. They have real problems with sarcasm, whit, and one liners. Many of our french friends have told us they need to know it’s a joke because to laugh when it was meant to be serious would be really offensive.

    • March 4, 2011 11:35 pm

      Julie, thanks for that particular insight, a fear of laughing at something that wasn’t meant to be a joke, it explains lot, though I should’ve guessed really, as politeness is even more important to the French than to the British. While I think the British value being witty more highly than the French, who value being correct (whereas the British would hang back slightly from asserting every time that they’re right for fear if upsetting the others!)

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