Ch. 5 Cultural Notes
- Hana Schloz -
Servers in France
Contrary to popular belief in America, it is actually considered very impolite to address a waiter as "Garcon". Monsieur (for waiters) and Madame/Mademoiselle (for waitresses) is much more appropriate and polite.
In France, it is normal and expected for diners to take time enjoying their food, so service may seem slow to foreign tourists. Meals can often last several hours.
Likes and Dislikes
For example, if a French speaker ate something very bad, they would say "c'est pas terrible", instead of calling it "mauvais" outright. Similarly, if they ate something really good, they would say something like "c'est pas mauvais" as opposed to just "c'est bon".