Dedicated to all my fellow Americans!
My three year French anniversary came and went with typical French flair... nothing special! In fact, I almost forgot about it and when I realized it, I shrugged my shoulders and said, "BOF!"
I am writing this post for those Americans (with their positive attitudes and stars in their eyes) who are wanting to visit France!
That said, we have all heard those horror stories about the French and their 'quirks!' Bless their hearts! Today's post was written to give you a heads up on what to expect and what to do! This will ENSURE that you WILL HAVE A GREAT TIME in my adopted country, however, YOU MUST BE CONSCIOUS OF THESE FOLLOWING UNWRITTEN GUIDELINES!!
1. Having YOUR COUNTRY's expectations in France...
This is not America, honey, so WHY are you complaining and nagging about how it is soooo different?! WHY!?!
Am I guilty of it? Absolutely, however I am also SMART enough to know that I am not in Kansas anymore! Perhaps you should do the same.
2. Learn a little bit of the langue!
Before making the transatlantic flight, learn a couple of greetings and phrases, even if it is just bonjour, bonne journee, bonsoir, bonne soirée, ça va, merci and s'il vous plaît. Pssst.... I'm going to tell you a SECRET.... The French find our American accents charming when speaking their language, SO ABUSE IT! I do this EVERYDAY! I have made the most serious Frenchie crack a smile with my accent!! THIS IS MY SECRET TO MANIPULATING FRENCHIES! Shhhh!
For FREE French lessons, check out Coffee Break French on ITUNES, I have it downloaded and still listen to it often.
3. SHUT UP!
When walking in the city during lunch time, I can always tell who the Americans are just by the sound of their voice. No, I'm not talking about the accents, I am talking about HOW LOUD they are! Seriously, I was 2 blocks away and I could still hear that annoying accent. That's right, I said it, IT IS ANNOYING! Frenchies like their privacy and have respect for each other and their food during meal times. They are NEVER overly boisterous. Do the same!
4. When in Rome, do as the Romans!
Unless you bumped your little head and recently lost all your memories, I am sure are very familiar with this expresssion.
The same applies here in France! WHEN IN FRANCE, DO AS THE FRENCH! Simple, huh!
One of my favorite things to do is people watch (why do you think France is FULL of sidewalk cafés?) and by observing the natives, I am able to mimic their habits. Do the same! EASY PEASY, Ron Weasley!
5. France isn't Burger King, you CAN'T have it your way!
You have no idea how many times I wanted to kick a Frenchie for telling me NO! I would be the kick-punching champion of the universe! The only way to have it your way is to do it yourself, HANDS DOWN!
Frenchies don't have time, much less care about WHAT YOU WANT! Who cares?! You are not special. You are not a beautiful and unique snowflake. You are simply a means to a end. It's harsh, yet is it really?!!!
So what does that really mean... it means when you are in a restaurant, order from the menu, do not ask the server, "can I have this, instead of this..." The answer is NO! Ohhh and customer service doesn't excist either. That means YOU have to pay attention to what you are doing AT ALL TIMES!
If you really want customer service, you have to pay for it! That means eat only at Michelin rated restaurants and stay in 5-star hotels!
6. Dress to Impress!
France = fashion, fashion, fashion! If you want to be taken seriously, then you must dress the way you wish to be addressed!
Common sense, no?! This means do not dress like a tourist... NO tennis shoes, NO t-shirts, NO work out clothes!
Look under the So Stylish! section of my site for fashion tips that will help you blend in with the natives. Trust me!
7.. Mind your Manners!
When entering a shop, ALWAYS say BONJOUR and when leaving ALWAYS say MERCI, AU REVOIR! Of course, say Please and Thank you... S'il vous Plaît and Merci. If you feel that someone is being rude to you, DO NOT SAY ANYTHING! Simply look down your nose at them (think Bette Davis!) and walk away. Remember, they don't care who you are, WHY should you do the same?!! To be honest, I have only had to do this twice and it had the desired effect! Now, if only I can get that song out of my head! ENJOY!!!
Hope this helps and doesn't discourage you from visiting my fabulous adopted country! France is magical and beautiful and I promise that you will fall hopelessly in love with her and so shall she! I hope to see you in Bordeaux! I'll be here, waiting for you under the clock near the Grand Théâtre! Until next time, take care of yourself and eat well!
Bonjour et Bienvenue!
Thank you for stopping by for a spell!
I am a 40-something year old American woman. Born in Texas, raised in Las Vegas!
Frenchified for Life
is a fabulous little lifestyle blog about truly embracing French life!
My intent is to simply inspire you to create something unique and beautiful in your everyday life. The French have this wonderful and annoying habit of seeing the world through rose colored glasses, might as well learn something from them!
That said, I lift my glass to you!
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