Hi,Hey chienchaud! (clever name, btw!) When are you planning on moving here? Will it be for work? <snip>
And someone preparing to move to France, what are some of the big questions you have? It'd be great to hear from you!
THanks, and have a lovely evening!
What an interesting question! I am watching the responses on this one! Here's one very small tip - if you go do dinner with French people be prepared to eat LATE! Every time we go out with our French friends or to neighbours' homes we never sit down to eat before 10.00 pm. We do get offered plenty to drink though and occasionally but not always canapes. So have a quick bite before you go - I know it defeats the object but...! I'm thinking of more off the wall tips... I may be back!Hello French expat ladies!!! I have been living in France for 2 years now. What have been some of your biggest challenges in France with etiquette, customs, cultural differences, etc. ? What do you know now that you wish you had known upon moving?
Oooh, well now you've opened up a right can of worms! French humor is different from US humor. (Then again, so is English humor, German humor, etc. etc.) Some jokes translate and others don't. There are very popular humorists here in France I find simply lame (even when I actually understand them) and others who are genuinely funny (to me, anyhow).Do the French have a good sense of humor? Can I tell stupid jokes and they will laugh with me? (and at me. That's ok, too.)
Most restaurants in France don't open for dinner until at least 7:30pm (and that's considered kind of early). Eight or nine is probably more usual.ARGH! 10pm for dinner?? I'm in bed every night by 8:30 or 9pm! Then again, I'm up at 5am to get ready for work every morning. That will probably change, though. Aren't they tired when they go to work the next day after staying up so late? I'd be a walking zombie.
A friend of mine described Canadian French as being way more nasal than French French. Use of the sh-- word instead of "merde" is definitely Canadian. And if there are French subtitles on TV5, it's probably Canadian.Bev,
Any idea how I can tell Canadian French from French French?
Bev - You know, I think that I know what you mean. I took a short continuing ed class here from a person who would teach 'septante' and 'nonante', and 'déjeuner' for breakfast instead of 'petit déjeuner'. Found out later that she was from Quebec and was actually teaching Canadian French and figured that noone would know the difference. Luckily, it was just a 1 month class that I wanted to attend because it was cheap. I stuck with my private lessons teacher who is from Nice.A friend of mine described Canadian French as being way more nasal than French French. Use of the sh-- word instead of "merde" is definitely Canadian. And if there are French subtitles on TV5, it's probably Canadian.
I've heard different accounts of this, but if you hear "septante" "octante" and "nonante" for soixante-dix, quatre-vingt and quatre-vingt-dix, then it's either Canadian or Belgian.
I could just imagine your excitement upon finding it...Youtube is so amazingAha, finally found it! This is a genuine "canneberge" ad from Ocean Spray for and by the Quebequois: Pub Québec - Ocean Spray aux canneberges - YouTube