Originally Posted by dijid
And making friends easiliy in the US does not equate to making friends easily with the French. In the US, my neighborhood was my social network. We shared tools, held cookouts together and even blocked off the street for a big party twice a year. After 7 months here, I am *finally* on a "Bonjour" basis with all my neighbors. And I have conversation with exactly one of them. (Who I will say is extremely nice and baked a cake for my daughter's birthday, but wasn't friendly until we'd been here 6 months.) As someone else said, it's not always easy to make friends with the French. And I think part of this delay is that it took me about 6 months to get up to a (kinda crappy) conversational level of French.
Yeah about that, I'm not sure this is because of your level in French, this more the way it is here. In France, we don't mix up a lot with our neighborhood, I'm living in my village for about 18 months and I'm only on a "Bonjour" basis with all my neighbors (all my social network is out of my neighborhood). And this is often the cases of all my friends and family around me. Do you see your neighborhood interacting a lot? I don't know exatly why, but I think most of the people (with all the crap story we hear on tv) are just scared to be in trouble because of their neighborhood.