Posts Tagged ‘culture’

10 Biggest French faux pas you can commit. And why #7 is the worst.

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

French faux pas Once upon a time, I arrived in France thinking I could speak halfway decent French and knew enough about the French way of doing things that I’d be right at home. But as time went on and I started to interact with more French people, go out to eat and go about my day-to-day life, I realized that I didn’t know as much as I had thought.

Here are the biggest French faux pas you can commit and why I think #7 is the worst.

About those well-behaved French children

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

A popular book that’s been making the rounds in parenting circles is called Bringing Up Bébé and asserts that French child rearing practices have a leg up on the American way of doing things — and you’ll raise a more well-rounded, polite and well-behaved child by doing it the French way. While I can’t speak to this directly since I 1) Don’t have kids and 2) Haven’t spent enough time with French kids to say, I can tell you one thing I’ve noticed about French children that stands in stark opposition to their American counterparts…

Read on for more on those well-behaved French children!

New House WTF #3: That cloth trash can thing

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

sac-a-pain It’s a bird, it’s a plane, no, wait… it’s a cloth trash can thingy that’s in the kitchen? WTF is that??

Sticking with the weird theme this week (in case you missed it Monday, find out what the French find weird about Americans), I’ll fill you in on what’s pictured above in installment #3 of New House WTF.


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