Posts Tagged ‘culture’

Big roundup of my favorite Oui In France posts on French culture

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

Big roundup of my favorite Oui In France posts on French culture

France is a fascinating country, and as you can see by the 500+ posts on my blog, I have a lot to say about this place I now call home. One of the most popular topics on my blog is French culture and it’s one of my favorite things to write about. From silly mistakes and misunderstandings to general “good to know” posts for those of you coming to France, I delight in writing about French cultural differences. As I near my 5th year of blogging at Oui In France, I’m rounding up a big list of my favorite French culture posts. Some are old and have gotten buried in the archives and some are more recent.

ENJOY!

Let me impress you with my holiday soup (just kidding)

Written by Diane. Posted in France, on life in France

Let me impress you with my holiday soup in France

No one wants to embarrass themselves at a multicultural Christmas dinner (or ever)…. but if you’re not careful, that’s exactly what you might do. Let me take you back in time to Christmas 2013 when my parents joined Tom and me, along with his parents, for a fun week up in the Brittany region of France. My dad enjoys cooking and wanted to make one of his traditional Christmas specialties from the US to impress my French in-laws. Except if Tom hadn’t stopped him, his star dish in the US would have left my French in-laws scratching their heads and the exact opposite of impressed.

Luckily, I went over the menu with Tom beforehand and we made the necessary changes before we even went shopping for the ingredients. We had a lovely lobster bisque instead.

What was the soup my dad was going to make and why is it a faux pas? Here’s the quick story for you.

Read on!

On working with the French

Written by Diane. Posted in France

On working with the French

Hello and happy New Year!

Sometimes certain aspects of French culture will leave foreigners scratching their heads. La Poste, anyone? French workplace culture falls into that category and is something I’ve barely touched on the blog. To give you some insight into what it’s like working with the French, I have a guest post from a reader named Richard who blogs over at Deep Heart of France and is on Facebook here. He worked for Michelin for many years and is now retired, and wow, his stories below are worth a read. Show him some love in the comments!

What’s it like working for a French company?

GO!

 

How to open milk and answer a simple yes or no, the French way

Written by Diane. Posted in France

how to open milk

I’ve been married for 5 years now and my husband is still full of surprises! Sometimes they’re funny.

Do you know how to open a container of milk? Of course you do. Small children know how to open a container of milk… but not all containers are created equal! Give a French person a carton of milk (American style) to open and let hilarity ensue. We just had a laugh over how to open milk. Seriously. Milk.

Read on!

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