Texas that's so cool !! Well..actually I don't know as I've never been there but it seems to be an interesting place. So huge and so many diverse landscapes, it must be a really good spot to visit.
I got a friend in NYC and he's always making fun of Texan people because of their sayings, or their accent. Is it really different from New York ? I mean, from France basically all we know is British accent and American accent, I guess there are different accents in America, but are they so different ?
Have you ever heard a Spanish guy or an Italian one speaking very good English ? To be honest I've never heard any haha and when I've been to Australia they only talked English, on one ever bothered to learn an other language ^^ so I guess we aren't that bad
But what definitely misses in the way of how English is taught in France is what I would call "experience". Like trips, pen pals, some foreign guys coming over, or any kind of experience in which students would have to face a native speaker and would have to use their knowledge, and to build them up as well, in an everyday life situation.
Haha why don't you go there for a year Seabirds ? That's what I did. You can go and work over there with a working holiday visa, it's pretty cool (: and Aussies are so lovely :3
to Charles :
First thing first, not a long time ago, I couldn't tell you when exactly, the French language was the most spoken one and was the diplomatic language as well. If English took over its place, it's mainly because of two things. The first one is the emergence of the United States as a superpower, the second one is the decline of the French power and of its influence all over the world.
Then the standardization of the culture is, I think, because of us. If French shows were as good as American ones I would definitely watch the French ones ! Sadly it's not like that. I'm not a fan of "Plus belle la vie", or "RIS police scientifique" or "Joséphine ange gardien" lol I prefer to watch "Dexter", "American Horror Story", or whichever American shows. They're only better, and it's the same about music (I do love some French artists though (: )
I would also like to mention something. You said something about Zara. I think that's another problem. If you find the same things all over the world it's because of globalization. For instance Zara is Spanish, Ikea is Swedish and so is H&M, Uniqlo is Japanese, Celio is French (yeah Celio is established in 56 countries...),..
And about food we all know McDonald, Burger King, Starbucks, etc. but Yoplait (a French company) sells its products in Australia, Canada, Chile, Ireland, Israel, Mexico, Norway, Portugal, South Korea, the UK and the US. Nestlé (a Swiss company) is the world's largest food company in the world,... I'm not saying it's a good thing or not, but I don't think we should see the US as the bad guy trying to impose its very own lifestyle throughout the world (that's how it looked like to me when I read your post)
And about guys who wants to be more British than the Mother Queen is, I don't know if that's still the case, but for a long time the official language of the Royal Family was French. And on the coat of arms of Elizabeth II it's written "Dieu et mon droit" and "Honi soit qui mal y pense" and Elizabeth II speaks a perfect French. Here's the proof haha (a bit old though ^^) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t4o5ICxpvys
To Mookie :
I usually avoid French guys when I want to chat in English haha but it's more because I don't like the French accent, and if I'm on vacation somewhere I don't want to meet the people I see all year long in France.
And I haven't graduated anything in English. I learnt it at school and then I practiced it by chatting with tourists (: