Posts Tagged ‘french culture’

What changes after you’ve been the newbie yourself

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

When you've been the newbie yourself (1)

After going to a new-to-me exercise studio while visiting family in the USA, I realized I’ve changed how I interact with “new” people I come in contact with. Flashing back to Diane the New Yorker 5+ years ago, I had a very New York mindset and would be that busy person who was friendly but not overly so, kept to myself in unfamiliar situations and didn’t go out of my way to be bubbly or welcoming to newbies in my social circle. I wasn’t rude or cold by any means, but I wasn’t as empathetic as I am now. Now, after being the newbie myself as a foreigner in France, I’ve majorly changed how I act toward other newcomers I encounter in daily life. And going to a Pure Barre class in Florida last month made that clear to me.

Let me explain…

7 Things the French are more relaxed about than Americans

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

french are more relaxed than americans

When you think of Americans and the French, who seems more relaxed overall? Is one group of people more strict or uptight about certain things? For me, it’s a tossup and depends on what we’re talking about. Both the French and Americans can be more relaxed…

So let’s get to it with 7 things the French are more relaxed about than Americans!


Customer service in France vs. the USA

Written by Diane. Posted in on life in France

Customer service in france vs usa

People love to rag on America and Americans, but one thing we get right is customer service. Most of the time, the customer has the upper hand and companies try to do the right thing, sometimes even bending over backward and surprising you in the process — to the point of being excessive.

But in France?

The customer is almost always wrong. It’s often frustrating to get even minor issues resolved and French companies seem to have a different definition of “service” than American companies. So for me, France is NOT winning in the customer service department. Here’s how customer service is different in France.


On that American enthusiasm

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

american enthusiasm

If you’re an American or you’ve observed us for any length of time, you’ve surely noticed that we tend to be an enthusiastic bunch. Not all of us, not all the time, but in general we’re kind of known for being glass-half-full smilers who like to say “awesome” and “amazing” a lot. A recent YouTube video I watched the other day on Americans and exaggeration got me thinking… are Americans overly enthusiastic? Is that a bad thing? Is it something that makes us endearing? Or makes others uncomfortable?

Read on!

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