Starting in 2016, the chic Parisian candle and fragrance brand Diptyque has released a unique holiday candle carrousel each year — and I am lucky to have all three. Rarely has a decorative item made me so happy. I don’t normally write about products or […]
Tag: life in france
With the world increasingly globalized, more companies in France are opening up to people without excellent French language skills. Some multi-national companies work primarily in English in order to compete, while certain industries cater specifically to Anglophones.
August 1st marks one year since I launched this blog and put “Am I French Yet?” out into the world. I had hoped more people than just my friends would read it, but had no idea if the stories and information I wanted to share would ever be read.
Well, you all found it! Over the last year, I’ve loved hearing from those of you going through the immigration process about how this blog helped with the paperwork, shed some light on cultural differences or even just to know you aren’t the only one struggling sometimes. And for everyone dreaming of a move, or just a Francophile at heart, thanks for making this blog part of your inspiration.
To say bon anniversaire to the blog, I want to share what the last year has looked like for “Am I French Yet?” by the numbers:
Year one for “Am I French Yet?”
Number of visitors: 24,931
Number of page views: 56,556
Best Views Day: January 15, 2018 — 1,271 page views
Top reader countries:
1. USA 2. France 3. UK 4. Canada 5. Australia 6. Germany 7. India 8. Ireland 9. Singapore 10. Philippines
Posts published: 52
Top Ten “Am I French Yet?” Posts:
1. 10 Differences Between French and American Work Culture
2. Do French People Really Wear Berets? French Clichés Investigated
3. Here’s What Happens at Your OFII Meeting + Medical Appointment
4. Visa Long Sejour guide for American spouse of French citizen
5. Life in Paris vs New York City
6. The Foreigner’s Guide to French Cheese Etiquette
7. How to Dress in Paris to Fit in with the Locals
8. 7 Paris Tourist Traps to Skip…and What to Do Instead
9. Why Trophy Wives Don’t Exist in France
10. No Rosé in Winter + 15 More French Wine Rules
Number of comments: 202
Most comments on one Post: 38
Stories about “Am I French Yet?”:
Paris Profiles – 4th Arrondissement with Charli James (Misadventures with Andi)
The Local France: Yes, you can live in Paris without speaking French
3 Bourbons Podcast: American Journalist in Paris
TV Reporter Charli James asks, “Am I French Yet?” (Our Paris Stories)
Thanks to everyone for reading, for your post suggestions, for your nice messages, mean comments (they fuel me too), and words of thanks and encouragement. I have some new goals and ideas for the second year of this blog, and I hope you’ll continue to follow along.
Once you’ve lived in France for three months and established residency, you’re eligible for French national health coverage — Woohoo! But to reap all the benefits, you’ll first need a numero de securité sociale and a carte Vitale.
Went to my first French Open this week (or Roland Garros to those in France) along with bunch of sober, well-behaved French people eating food they brought from home. Quite a sporting event culture shock for this American.
When eating at a fine restaurant in France, there is a silent code diners use with forks and knives to talk to waiters. A sort of sign language via le couteau and la fourchette.
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 hate you.
As I learned, bouncing into your new job with your American working style and enthusiasm probably isn’t the best way to proceed. But good news, some of the differences are wonderful!