The 7 stages of living with French Numbers

What stage have you reached?

Best of Paris 2018

  • Best of Paris 2018 - Click HERE to see all the available categories
  • Add a Link to your nomination HERE
  • Want to nominate someone? Visit HERE
  • Voting for Best of Paris 2018 runs from September 15th to November 25th.
  • Send a Video to support your nomination HERE
  • Have a question? Check the FAQs
  • Join 180 establishments and make Expatriates Magazine & Best of Paris available at your establishment HERE
  • Have you been nominated? Download the Nominated Best of Paris 2018 Web Badge  Download Badge

While waiting for issue 46…. Here is Issue 45

  • Want to submit an article? Visit here
  • Want to pick up a free copy? See where copies are available here
  • Want to make the magazine available in your school, establishment or business? Go here
  • Want to advertise? Visit here

HOW TO VOTE IN 2 STEPS

  • Select the nominee you would like to vote for.
  • Once selected, scroll down and click on the blue vote button at the bottom of the list.
  • Share Button

    Stage 1. Accuracy over Flair
    You’ve dabbled with French numbers and are at ease giving out single digits (0.6.9.7.8.9.9.2.7.4). You accept the risk of coming across as a ‘simple’ person but you’re a firm believer that accuracy is more important than flair.

    Stage 2. Remember remember
    You’ve mastered your memorization skills and are pulling it off, no one is the wiser. Walking from the petrol pump to the counter allows you to repeat in your head 6 times “bonjour, quarante euros de quatre-vingt-quinze sur le numero 7 svp”.

    Stage 3. Collector
    You’ve gained confidence, but certain situations remain a challenge. You still collect food rather than order home delivery. Explaining that you live at apartment number 85 on 99 rue Quatre Vents with two door codes 79b89 and 94a77 is too much at this stage. The good news is that you’re taking advantage of the 2 for 1 offer on collection.

    Stage 4. Breath Holder
    When you receive a phone number you  take a deep breath hoping the numbers after 06 won’t  go any higher than 70

    Stage 5. One Step Behind
    You’ve come to accept that you’ll always be a step behind. 06.97.89.92.74, By the time they’ve said soixante-quatorze you’ve just worked out quatre-vingt-dix-sept.

    Step 6. The System
    You’ve worked out a system. you write down the numbers phonetically and decipher in private. The system is functional but occassionally becomes complicated; 06.97.89.92.74 becomes 0 6 4 20 10 7 4 20 9 4 20 12 60 14.

    Step 7. Champion
    It’s been a long process but you’ve finally cracked it! Your number skills are so good you expertly drop in date calculations mid-sentence to show others you’re at the top of your game. Congratulations, you’re now ready learn numbers in a third or fourth language.

    24993237_1960882627262881_1660389478615227178_n

    Want to nominate someone else for Best of Paris? Let us know

    Who do you nominate?:*
    Which Category?:*
    Reason for Nomination (we may print this):
    Your Name (optional):
    E-mail (optional - if you want to be notified when your nomination has been added):

    Use our IG hashtag #expatriatesmagazine - We print our favourites

    Something is wrong.
    Instagram token error.

    Random Listing

    • LALANGUE PARIS
      A French school for small groups of learners. 110 Rue Réaumur, 75002 Paris. 09 81 84 45 10. www.lalangueparis.com[Read more]