France can be a treasure trove for the intrigued expat or the curious traveler trying to meet new people.
But should you say "tu" or "vous" upon greeting?
Should you shake hands or not?
When should you kiss cheeks? And how many times?
In an attempt to answer, I have interviewed a French native. His name is Gerard and he is from Paris.
Gerard, French etiquette is rather complex. Can you explain why?
French people like sophisticated things: cuisine is complicated and très difficile, and the language- it is full of complexities. When it' s not complicated, the French don't like it. It's too easy. The fun isn't there. For example, when you are in France,
it' s not really what you say, it' s how you say it: if you use sophisticated grammar and fancy terms, you'll have an audience. If you try to relay a very simple idea, using basic language, you will be regarded as "base", maybe even...
Bored with your everyday use of the French language? Are you looking to add un peu de variété (a little variety) to your daily discourse?
Language is often limited by the extent of our vocabulaire (vocabulary), our grasp of proper grammaire (grammar) and, to a lesser extent, our knowledge and application of colloquialisms. People’s ears always perk up when an expression befitting the topic of
conversation is carefully inserted. If you’re a native English-speaker learning French, judicious use of expressions can make quite an impact on a native French listener.
You may have a terribly thick accent or your grammar may be a little weak, but driving home a point with a serious or humorous saying can place you in the category of étrangers (foreigners) who have cultivated a deeper appreciation of French by studying its
**Phrase in parentheses is the literal translation, or as close to it as possible.**
Travailler pour le roi de Prusse (Working for the...
When in a French speaking country, here are 20 simple sentences that will help you understand and be understood.
Please S’il vous plait
Thank you very much Merci beaucoup
You’re welcome De rien
Excuse me Excusez-moi OR pardon
My name is Je m’appelle
I would like... J’aimerais...
I need ... Je voudrais ...
Do you have ...? Avez-vous…?
Please give me…? Pouvez-vous me donner …?
Could you help me please? Pouvez-vous m'aider s'il vous plait?
Do you speak English? Parlez-vous anglais?
I speak a little French Je parle un petit peu de français
I don't understand Je ne comprends pas.
Please repeat? Pouvez-vous répéter s’il vous plait?
What did you say? Qu'avez-vous dit?
I'm lost ! Je suis perdu!
I am looking for ... Je cherche...
Where is the bathroom? Où sont les toilettes ?
There are many components to learning a language, especially to learning the nuances of that language. We agree that the primary four are reading, speaking, writing and listening.
Here, we will focus on reading, and tell you a bit more about a wonderful learning tool you can access from your computer, at any time.
To begin, when reading French, choose according to your level.
At best, passages should not be too long so as not to confuse you.
French newspapers are a highly effective means for applying your knowledge of the language to active reading. If you have any doubts at all about the content, you can always go back to reading the English version of the newspaper.
So what’ s available? Lets have a look by level.
Level of French: Beginner to Intermediate:
20 minutes is the most recent of the French newspapers that...
Tutoring has always been important to me. Being very passionate about my country and culture, it is priceless to help students from all ages to want to speak your native language and inspire them to visit France, understand its people and culture. Besides
this, helping people professionally writing letters, communicating verbally or via emails, succeeding for an interview and get a job are all extremely rewarding.
Do you know this website? It can help you to organize your trip, discover France, and know about the future events in France: http://us.rendezvousenfrance.com/
There is also an online magazine Rendez-Vous en France Magazine available here:
Bonne lecture !
If you have a good level in French, you could be interested in reading this magazine about Paris and French culture.
You have also access to audio recordings.
You can download it for free: click on the link "Magazine complet avec liens audio"
Hope you will enjoy your reading!