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Today, I’m teaching French in a university in India. One of the students asked me if Paris was the only city in France. FML

By Indiandisaster - / Tuesday 18 September 2012 00:25 / India - Madras
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By  xyzisme  |  2

That's a pretty silly thing to say, but it sounds like you're not accounting for the lack of advantages/ education many of these kids might have grown up with. And do you know all the cities in India/ China/ Thailand/ any other country on the other side of the world from you?

By  Mathalamus  |  23

it isnt, but since Paris has 2.2 million people, for the city proper(metro of 12 million), and the second largest, Marseilles, has 850,000 (metro of 1.8 million), yeah, you can make a good case for France only having one real large city. Montreal, in Canada, is the second largest french city in the world, with 1.6 million, and a metro of 4.1 million.

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  kingdomgirl94  |  27

I live in a little crappy city while I go to university, 10,000 is not a lot of people. My crappy city has a population of 116,000, more than ten times that, and it's still a dinky little place.

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  Mathalamus  |  23

the fact that the quality of life seems to drop, the lower the population is concerning. it should be the same, only on a smaller scale. but then, what do i know?

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  PastonKing  |  1

Depends on whose legal definition- St. David's in Wales has a population of approx. 1,600 and by UK standards is a city (by Royal Charter). The Vatican City has a population of less than 500, also 'legally a city" (and a state!)

By  vshah  |  13

I'm not surprised. Indians don't know anything about Geography or the world. This is coming from an Indian. We're just really dumb in those aspects.

By  yerawizardlizzy  |  27

Okay? He's clearly never been there, and it doesn't seem like his French courses covered geography like a lot of Western language courses do. As someone else said, we tend to be very regionally focused and sometimes forget there's a world outside our window. Hell, I'm well-educated and sometimes forget there is more than just Paris, because more often than not, that's the only city you hear about!

By  EagleSonOfEagle  |  11

So that's a no, right? I bet there's at least one more! Just an FYI, there tends to be a stereotype in America where aAmericans think some foreigners believe that New York is the capital of the USA. Or, on a somewhat more local basis, that Chicago is the capital of Illinois. Even some people from the USA get the Chicago thing wrong though

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