Tag: french language

Why Do French People Respond in English When I Speak French?

Why Do French People Respond in English When I Speak French?

It’s a frustrating, but common occurrence for expats in France — You ask a question in French and the response comes in English. You try again in French. Still English. But don’t freak out, French people (most likely) aren’t doing this because they’re rude or […]

Paris Dispatch #6: Bonne Année

Paris Dispatch #6: Bonne Année

As 2018 rolled into Paris, I was full of cheese and champagne. Which is about as French as an American girl can hope for. With a kiss from my husband, I said “bonjour” to my first year as a resident of France.

Paris Dispatch #5: Between Two Worlds

Paris Dispatch #5: Between Two Worlds

It’s been an emotional six-weeks full of events that led me to evaluate where I belong in the world and where my heart lives. Getting a job, going back to America and having bad things happen to people I love who are far away.

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Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated

Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated

Are French people all eating snails in their striped shirts while smoking? Well…oui and non. Every country has its stereotypes and France probably has more than its fair share. Let’s examine some of the most common clichés about French people.

Paris Dispatch #4: The Waiting Game

Paris Dispatch #4: The Waiting Game

As autumn took over Paris, my honeymoon period with the city continued. Five months in I’m still charmed by this city daily. But building a complete life is taking longer than I expected before boarding the plane in New York. Newsflash: It takes much more […]

Très French Names You Won’t Hear at the American Playground

Très French Names You Won’t Hear at the American Playground

Some French baby names are very “en vogue” right now in America (Camille, Chloé, Olivier), and others are eternally chic (Juliette, Brigitte, Louis). But some interesting French names won’t be topping American baby name lists anytime soon.

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Should I Move Abroad? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Should I Move Abroad? 5 Questions to Ask Yourself

Moving to another country can be a transformative experience, but it is not without challenges to consider. If you’re thinking about making the jump overseas, ask yourself these five questions before packing your bags.

How to Live in Paris without Speaking French

How to Live in Paris without Speaking French

Bonjour, my name is Charli and I barely speak French. Oh no, I didn’t let this stop me from moving to Paris, which either makes me incredibly optimistic or pig-headed. Jury is still out. But I do know I’m far from alone.

Paris Dispatch #2: The Growth Zone

Paris Dispatch #2: The Growth Zone

In early spring, while in the process of deciding whether or not to move to Paris, I came across a quote that resonated with my choice: “There is no growth in the comfort zone and no comfort in the growth zone.” At that point I was snuggled into the comfort zone of my New York City life, 11 years in the making.

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Love like the French, even if you’re not married to one

Love like the French, even if you’re not married to one

My own French love story was an accident. I had no girlhood obsession with Paris, no special feelings for French culture, no Eiffel Tower prints in my apartment. I didn’t even eat cheese until I started dating the Frenchman who became my husband.