Tag: french

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 […]

Tips for Moving to Paris from Someone Who Just Did It

Tips for Moving to Paris from Someone Who Just Did It

Moving across town is stressful. Moving to another continent will test your mental stability. Six months ago, my French husband and I made the jump from the United States to France, and let me tell you I learned some things!

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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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 […]

50 Reasons You Will Never Be French

50 Reasons You Will Never Be French

Sorry, it’s not you…it’s France. Unlike if you immigrate to America, you can live in France for 30 years and never truly be considered a local.

To my husband, Mickey Mouse is French

To my husband, Mickey Mouse is French

Okay fine, we all knew Belle speaks French (Bonjour!), but it is a bit jarring at first to hear Mickey, Captain Hook and Wendy from Peter Pan en française when you go to Disneyland Paris. (more…)

10 Books to Read Before Moving to France

10 Books to Read Before Moving to France

When I first considered moving to Paris, I went in search of other people’s experiences of doing the same. I was hoping to take advantage of the authors’ lessons learned…

So you want to learn French in France

So you want to learn French in France

If you’re really trying to speak French, eventually you’ll want to go to the motherland. Unless you are one of those super annoying people who has an “amazing ear” and picks up languages from just a vacation (looking at my sister), you’re going to need […]