Y'all I just gave the best theatrical performance of my ENTIRE LIFE to a whopping TWO PEOPLE I'm thrilled and distraught in equal measure

Okay so: I'm in the shop, with the dinosaur puppet on my arm bc it's been that sort of day, and a grandad notices it and taps his grandson on the shoulder and says "[name], look!" Boy approaches the counter and

Dinosaur: can I help you there sir?
Boy: *confused smile*
Dinosaur: can I help you at all?
Grandad: il a dit "je peux vous aider?"
Dinosaur: ohhh, vous parlez français? Oui, j'ai dit je peux vous aider?
Grandad: ah ouais nous sommes français! [name] le dinosaur est français aussi!

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Boy: (extremly quiet) je suis français
Dinosaur: vous êtes içi en vacance, ou-
Me: uh mate I can't understand a word you're saying
Dinosaur: (extremely a puppet on the end of my arm whose voice is coming out of my mouth) wot
Me: je nuh... er... juh ne comprond... I don't speak French, what are you two saying
(Grandad is absolutely creasing at this point)
Dinosaur to boy: ...mon humain ne parle pas français, elle ne comprends pas une mot.
Boy: je ne parle anglais...
Dinosaur: je peux traduire

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Folks for ten entire minutes I kept up the bit that I don't speak a word of French and the puppet is fluent. For ten entire minutes of Grandad looking like he was going to piss himself I kept interrupting this bilingual T-Rex's conversation with a small child so he could catch me up and/or translate my input for the kid. And the kid was young enough to believe us entirely.

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Addendum: turns out the dinosaur accent completely obscures my British accent so Grandad earnestly asked me if I was French, when I said "oh we're both British but he's been studying", he clapped and said "it's good that you have him to translate for you, he does a good job! You should learn French too, he can teach you"

Anyway Bilingual Grandad and French Grandson are my new favourite customers and they were only here for half term.

@Murkrow this thread made my day. Thank you 😊

@Murkrow OMG, that sounds amazing. Bilingual Papa and bilingual boy would love to visit on our next UK vacation, where are you? (Feel free to DM)

@tfb I'm flattered but I know better than to tell internet strangers where I live :p

Next time you're in the south of England and spot a shop with T-Rex puppets, start talking French and see if the sales assistant offers to "wake up the dinosaur" to chat to

@Murkrow That's cool, "south of England" is good enough. I'll ask again next time it's relevant ... Then maybe you can give us a town name.

Grand what you did for that mixed national family, bravo again 👍

@Murkrow thank you for sharing this story, it made my day!

@Murkrow 💙💙💙the story. Were they from France proper or from the Channel Islands?

@Leucrotta Grandad just said "French" and had a very strong French accent when speaking English, so the best I can do is "probably France?"

@Murkrow "I'm in the shop, with the dinosaur puppet on my arm bc it's been that sort of day"

ah yes, a timeless sentiment

@Murkrow you're a bard. a puppeter bard (also this made my day) (i read it earlier but forgot to react)

@sempervirenx I have accepted my role. I can't play a single instrument despite so many people trying to teach me so many instruments, but I've suspected I was a bard since I convinced a dude from "just browsing thanks" to buying two robots by singing a song about robots

@Murkrow What a lovely thing you made happen! And thank you for setting it down as a story, so we could read it here and smile!

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