French District Confidentials

Discovering France

Penny for our thoughts

Party like the French?…14th of July it is!

“Vive le 14 juillet!” or Long live the 14th of July

  Storming of a prison, sparking of the French Revolution…July 14th is celebrated as Fête Nationale “Bastille Day” all over France and by Francophiles all over the world. Stepping back… Built as a medieval fortress on the...

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Don’t say “Yes” to everything!

Different ways to say yes in French…Here we go with the wee again!

Light up someone’s face, draw smiles from a crowd, and get appreciated for your efforts…with these simple nuances. Let’s play a little with the art of saying a heartfelt “Yes” in French. Yes, I do! For the ultimate yes in English...

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French etiquette – Day to day do’s and don’ts

The guidelines to avoid a faux pas in the French society.

  “La poiltesse” reigns social behavior amongst French as does formality. The way you act, talk, dress, eat… everything is more formal as compared to American standards. The following tips are handy to avoid being stamped...

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Stereotypically French!…Not our type!

“I am a rare species, not a stereotype.” said Ivan Coyote. Hearing about French stereotypes, one tends to wonder…true or faux?

Stereotypes! What would we do without them? There is the negative connotation to it - 'The tried and tested', 'The hackneyed', 'The clichés' et all. Social psychology would agree to the case being- you see, you generalize, and...

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