Originally Posted by GFC
Bienvenue sur TF. C'est un beau bateau que vous achetez. Profitez de nombreux moments heureux à son bord.
More than 20 years ago I had just finished our second week at a French language immersion school in Spa for a new job with a French company. We drove over to Bruges to spend the night afterwards and I was keen to practice my French on the desk clerk at a small inn we were staying at.
I said "Nous avez un reservation por un chambre cest nuit" (or something like that). In beautiful English he said "Sir do you speak English?". I said "Oui, je suis Americain". He said again in English. "You are in the Flemish section of Belgium and people here much prefer it if you speak English to them rather than French". I said "Yes sir" and finished the rest of our business in English.
So you never know
. Oostende is pretty close to Bruges and it probably is in the Flemish area. And FWIW even though my surname is French, I didn't speak a word of the language before I got this job (and I didn't speak much of it afterwards).
Anyway, welcome aboard or however you say that in Flemish.