Posts filed under ‘Demystifying the French’

Demystifying the French: Tip #4

This is one of the tips that is perhaps both hardest to understand and (probably consequently) hardest for Americans to remember. But it is a very important one…

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Demystifying the French: A Reading List

A reading list for those who would like to understand French people and culture better, and particularly how to bridge the cultural differences between la France and les États-Unis…

Continue Reading May 12, 2012 at 10:46 pm Leave a comment

Demystifying the French: Tip #3

Why is Paris one of the most beautiful cities in the world?

Well, largely because people in France care about the way things look, and they pay close and careful attention to it–down to the smallest detail, pretty much all the time.

Continue Reading May 5, 2012 at 12:28 pm Leave a comment

Demystifying the French: Tip #2

In her very helpful book, Polly Platt urged her readers to learn what she calls the “Ten Magic Words” that will open the doors of the French heart and soul, and turn potentially sour encounters into sweet ones. Here are the first five words…

Continue Reading April 27, 2012 at 5:41 pm 1 comment

Demystifying the French: Tip #1

Today’s tip is THE MOST IMPORTANT thing anyone going to France can possibly know. It will make more of a difference in how well you are treated there, and the quality of your social interactions in France than most Americans would believe possible, and it is so very simple to do…

Continue Reading April 22, 2012 at 2:57 pm 2 comments

Demystifying the French: Tips for Traveling in France

Though I love the French and admire many things about them, I think of them as “requiring special handling.” Whereas I think of Americans as being easygoing, freewheeling, and much more flexible in their approach to life. I don’t think of us as holding to a “right” way of doing things. But perhaps we’re just as difficult for them to understand as they are for us…

Continue Reading April 22, 2012 at 12:59 pm Leave a comment


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