LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

Why are the French so negative?

It’s a well acknowledged fact that, as a nation, the French have a penchant for being somewhat negative, pessimistic or, at best, for enjoying complaining. For those of us who hail from more upbeat cultures […]

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

10 cultural differences to bear in mind when trying into integrate fully in French society

Every-day things like insisting on greeting complete strangers in the elevator, yet totally avoiding a friendly banter afterwards; have left me scratching my head at times. Below I’ve compiled some examples on how these subtleties (that I never noticed before moving here) have sometimes impacted my full integration into the French culture. […]

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

How good is your French?

A1 Who are you kidding?! You can’t speak French! A1 level is the equivalent to getting points for writing down your name correctly on an exam paper. You can just about manage to write your […]

LANGUAGE AND CULTURE

8 ways to use French to your advantage

Every language has its own useful expressions appropriate to the culture that has produced it. Here are some that can be particularly handy in French. 1.  The common use of the pronoun ‘on’ (meaning ‘one’, […]