Living in France

21 things you should know before Driving in France

21 things you should know before Driving in France

Yes, I know you’re an expert driver, with many years of driving experience, but each country has its own set of rules. And more distinctly, their own driving culture. This isn’t Germany with its “no speed limits”, but there are definitely a few things in […]

Becoming French: The odd Sounds French People make

Becoming French: The odd Sounds French People make

If you’ve lived in France for a while, you will notice that there are certain things your French teacher didn’t tell you about: all the random sounds that French people make. But no French education would be complete without a few shoulder shrugs, eye rolls, […]

Giving Birth in France: Oh Baby!

Giving Birth in France: Oh Baby!

Everybody likes babies. Ok, maybe not everybody, but most people. Most people like other people’s babies, even if they don’t want any themselves. The French Government likes French people’s babies. And they want them to have more. French Paid Maternity Leave Paid Maternity leave in […]

Why do French People hate air-conditioning?

Why do French People hate air-conditioning?

French symbol Marianne trying to stay cool during a heatwave with a mobile aircon unit. Ahh, Paris in the summertime. The sky is blue, the birds are chirping, and the rosé is on ice. All is well until you go to take the famous Parisian […]

French People and their Faux 35-Hour WorkWeek

French People and their Faux 35-Hour WorkWeek

Ahh France’s famous 35 Hour work week and it’s legendary holidays. If you’re dreaming of moving to France to achieve that illusory work-life balance, you should probably continue reading before you book your ticket. So let me just debunk this right here: most French people […]

5 Written Style Guide Differences you will pick up after moving to France

5 Written Style Guide Differences you will pick up after moving to France

If you are wondering what the heck “guillemets” are, you have come to the right place. English and French may both use the Latin alphabet, but the French writing style is quite different as are certain French punctuation marks. On this blog, I use the […]

French Healthcare: 12 Differences between U.S. and France

French Healthcare: 12 Differences between U.S. and France

Healthcare in France is covered by the State. Like most other first world countries, you say. (I’m looking at you, U.S.A.) Basically, the French healthcare system covers all legal residents as long as you have lived there for over 3 months. All regular and emergency […]

What you need to know: France’s 11 Emergency numbers

What you need to know: France’s 11 Emergency numbers

Panic, it’s an emergency! Except don’t panic, if you are in an emergency in France, you need to keep a cool head. You’re going to have to figure out which one of the 11 emergency numbers to call. And #911 (like in the U.S.) is […]

New job in France? A Guide to the Médecin de Travail

New job in France? A Guide to the Médecin de Travail

It used to be every two years. It was changed recently (in 2018) to every 5 years: Visiting the bl$%£y Médecin de Travail. There are certain quirks of French life that you don’t really cross until you start working in France. That’s when you really […]

Oh La La! – Roundup #3

Oh La La! – Roundup #3

It is round-up time!  Read anything good this week?  Comment below! French women don’t co-sleep by Not Safe for Mom Group I guess I was very French in this instance, we moved the baby’s crib out of our bedroom as quickly as we could.  I’m a light […]

The Promise for the future: Notre-Dame de Paris

The Promise for the future: Notre-Dame de Paris

“Notre-Dame is on fire”.  This was the text message from a relative in Los Angeles.  What? I enjoy the odd game of college football and all, but I’m not particularly interested in the Fighting Irish… It’s strange how the mind works when you get a random piece […]

Free French-English Printables for download!

Free French-English Printables for download!

We’re quite excited to announce a new perk for our members: free French-English flashcards! Our first set of 10 flashcards is for Easter, which is coming up soon. So head on over to our partner site Ainsi-Hardi.com and check it out. Let us know what you think.  […]



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