Monday, 23 April 2012

Has the baker asked if you want worries with your baguette?

After you’ve ordered something from a bakery or butcher, you’ll often be asked: “Et avec ceci” i.e. Do you want anything else? The reason I’m writing this post is because I initially had a lot of trouble with this question, with just trying to figure out what they were saying. Avec soucis? With worries?  The safe bet seemed: Non, merci. I did not want worries with my food…

So the best way of answering? Ca sera tout, merci. That’ll be all thanks. You’ll often have very irritating shopkeepers who’ll repeat that back to you to confirm that you don’t want anything extra (for a second time). You learn to live with it (or, like me, you’ll find a better baker).

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