Hello there! For my fellow bloggers out there, this post is for you. If you’re not into all things blog, see you back here on Monday. 😉
I’m not an expert blogger by any means, but I have been blogging regularly for almost 5 years now and have learned a few things along the way. What blogging tools do I use all the time? I’m sharing my faves with you right here.
Meeting your significant other’s family for the first time is nerve-wracking no matter where you’re from. For those of us in relationships with someone from another country, meeting the family can be quite an experience. That goes double when your partner’s native language differs from your own. If the day comes when it’s time for the in-laws to meet each other, take a deep breath. Even if they don’t speak more than a few words of each other’s language, which is the case in our respective families, it doesn’t have to be a disaster. I’m living proof. My parents have met Tom’s parents on 2 separate occasions since we’ve tied the knot and have lived to tell about it.
Here are some tips on how to have a smooth multicultural experience for when the foreign in-laws meet.
Contrary to what many people might think, simply living in France will not magically make you fluent in French in a matter of months. Living here will help you up until a certain point, but to really improve your level, you’ll need to study French beyond what interactions at the pharmacy and grocery store (or small talk) can provide. Having a background in French from high school or college helps, too. But what do you do when you aren’t sure about how to take your French to the next level? Private lessons can be expensive, we don’t all have access to native speakers, and books can be ineffective and boring.
How can a language learner boost their foreign language skills no matter where they are in the world?
Starbucks is far from a foreign concept in France these days. They exist but mainly in big cities like Paris and aren’t all over the place like you’d find in the USA. I’m the first to admit that regular old Starbucks coffee tastes burnt — I’m more of a Dunkin’ Donuts gal — but what about the convenience of chai and other specialty beverages, free Wi-Fi and comfy chairs? Well, let’s just say I took the convenience factor for granted back home. Luckily though, a couple of Starbucks shops opened up last year in Nantes, the closest big city to me. Starbucks locations are pretty similar when it comes to branding no matter where you are, but there are some marked differences between Starbucks in France versus the USA.