10 Strange Habits and Customs You Might Learn Living in France

Like French people and transplants alike, I've gotten into a habit of drinking a glass of grenadine sirop

Whether you’ve stayed in France for a long vacation, as part of a study abroad program, internship, or short-term job, or whether you’re making your life here, there are some parts of the culture that end up becoming a part of you. Some of these, like appreciating five weeks of paid vacation a year (plus …

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These Are the Surprising Differences Between Christmas in France and Abroad

French people tend to exchange gifts on the night of Christmas Eve (le réveillon (de Noël)), rather than on Christmas Day (Noël/le jour de Noël.)

The holiday season is upon us, which means you might be wondering how to wish the French-speakers (and/or fellow French students) you know, “Happy Holidays” in French. Or maybe, as you go about celebrating your own culture’s traditions, you’re wondering what the winter holidays are like in France. Is what you’ve learned in French class …

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What you need to know before you wish someone a happy birthday in French

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There are some cultural details we take for granted. If you’ve ever celebrated classmates’ birthdays in your French class, or seen a French movie or TV show where there was a birthday, you might think you’ve got French birthday traditions down pat. Then there may come a day when you’re invited to a French person’s …

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Here Are 12 Awesome French Cartoons to Improve Your French

when you’re learning a language or trying to maintain your listening skills, cartoons can be a truly useful resource

Recently, a friend asked me the best thing to watch to practice his English listening skills. He was surprised when I suggested Peppa Pig. We don’t tend to take cartoons very seriously, especially ones made for younger kids. But when you’re learning a language or trying to maintain your listening skills, they can be a …

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7 Beautiful and Underappreciated Places to Visit in France

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Are you headed to France this year, or have you already been? Here in the world’s top tourist destination, most visitors make a beeline for Paris, Mont-Saint-Michel, or the French Riviera. These are all understandable choices &#8211 especially and always Paris, which I think is the best city in the world, for what it’s worth.  …

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C’est La Vie: What Does the Iconic French Phrase Really Mean?

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As a dramatic person, I often get a bit carried away when something bad, frustrating, or even simply surprising happens.  But under the same circumstances, I’ve seen many French people shrug and say C’est la vie &#8211 or some variation of that.  C’est la vie (often miswritten as se la vie, ce la vie or …

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