…you start using French expressions

Learning French in Paris is a daily battle.  English is everywhere, so much so that you could actually get by without speaking French at all.  Well, at least in most places. But, if you persevere, you do have little victories every now and again.  Like the feeling you get when you learn a new word … Continue reading …you start using French expressions

…you start using English words like a French person

There is a war brewing in France.  And I'm not only talking about the war between the police and the motley crew of Nuit Debout folk on the Place de la République (although that is still in full swing).  No, I'm talking about the perceived war on the French language. It started out innocently enough.  An article … Continue reading …you start using English words like a French person

…you get excited when you find a supermarket open on Sundays

Living in Paris you quickly learn that Sundays are rest days.  Largely thanks to the ever-present unions, trading on Sundays is for the most part banned in France.  Some people also cite respect for "traditional" family values as justifying the ban on trade, which makes some sense.  But it is damned annoying when it's Sunday … Continue reading …you get excited when you find a supermarket open on Sundays

…you find yourself saying “Oh là là”

It's one of the biggest clichés about the French.  In addition to wearing Breton stripes (which happens surprisingly frequently), riding bikes carrying baguettes (which happens more often that you'd expect) and wearing berets (which almost never happens), any caricature of the French will inevitably involve letting out an oh-so sing song "Oh là là".   … Continue reading …you find yourself saying “Oh là là”