"A la base, nous les Français, sommes les champions du monde des râleurs. J'ai l'impression qu'être français, c'est un peu un handicap pour être le meilleur dans ton sport.
Pour faire du sport de haut niveau, d'autres mentalités sont plus propices".
I have met Seb several times over the past few years and he has always been very sweet and polite to me.
On Monday I was wearing a t-shirt with his face on it which he has seen before (Esther and I have worn them a couple of times at AO and he has even signed one). One of the guys he was with must have mentioned to him that I was wearing it (Seb had his back turned to me as he was sitting down between practice hits). He turned around and I made reference to the fact that he had seen the t-shirt before and he seemed to know what I was talking about. Then the guys said something to him in French and were laughing. (It was probably boy talk)
When Seb was signing my flag a little while later - he asked me if I spoke French (in French). I said that I didn't. By this stage I was in a daze, so I didn't ask him why, and I wish I did. (For anybody that has met someone they admire before, it all seems to go so quickly!). Not only was the weather pretty warm, but Seb asked *me* a question. So whether it was connected to them saying something in French before, I can't confirm or deny....So now I'm thinking I'll take some lessons.
Hmmmm...according to my experience... some French people are quite difficult to understand sometimes. Just like one of my my French teachers, sometimes he is very polite, explaining the texts and worksheets etc., but sometimes would get annoyed easily.
I think Seb just wanted to say sth to Rebel in French, maybe a French joke or sth best expressed with French... and btw, we have to understand how much English Seb can speak! Perhaps he couldn't fully express himself in English, so he asked Rebel if she could speak French!
OK, OK, I admit defeat. I am covered in embarressment and to show true penance, I am going into the garden to thrash myself resoundly with the nearest stick, to think I could have doubted him for even a second.
Incidentlly, I know of a frenchman who although living in England for several years now, when he is speaking english still sounds like he is speaking french (quite sexy actually) ) .
You have nothing to apologize for, it would be a very boring world if we all felt and thought the same way about things. I am just glad that I got hold of the wrong end of the stick with regard to the original thread.