I can't admit this to the real people in my life, so here is my confession.Sometimes, when you are learning a foreign language, you make mistakes, very embarrassing mistakes.I was at a shopping center with my French wife and her mother over the weekend. We needed change for a 20 Euro note. My MIL asked at 3 stores where they all turned her down. I could see she wasn't doing it right--she was going in with the money, asking if they could break it for her. In a way only the French can, they all shot her down.I said, "je vais le faire." (I will do it.) I went to a pharmacy and a very pretty young woman answered my request and seemed to smile from ear to ear.I walked back proudly to my wife, gave her the change, and said, "It's all in how you ask. You don't just shove the 20 in their face and ask for change. You ask for help, and when they agree, then you ask."She said, "what did you say."I said, "I asked her for a small favor."Wife: "How did you say it?"I said: "I asked if she could do a 'petite besoin' for me"Wife: You didn't ask her for a favor, you asked her to take a crap for you.My confidence in the French language has just been set back about 8 years.
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