I have a big problem with 'Language Snobs'. Those Brits that are fortunate enough perhaps to have lived here for many years or to have the aptitude for languages, thus speak it very well, but then refuse to speak English to other Brits that they know are struggling with the language.
I've lived here for 10 years, yet still struggle with the language, I never took a language at school, i left at 15 to undertake my apprenticeship. I have an above average IQ of 118, but languages are not easy for me, I think I do OK, I've survived France so far without help!
There's one particular English lady that works in a nearby bar/tabac, she knows that I'm English, she knows that I know that she's English, but she absolutely refuses to parle Anglaise! Why? Is she ashamed to be English? Is she ashamed that I'm English? Or is she just stuck up?
I know a few examples of this, some of them also feel that they have more right to live in France than any other Brit, because they've been here so long. They even refuse to use an English artisan or buy Brit goods.
I studied psychology with O.U. for 4 years but I can't fathom this phenomenon out! Any explainations?