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52 Fun French Vocabulary Words and Phrases for Summer

French vocabulary for summer

Summer, summer, summertime! It’s the perfect time to relax and have some fun. Plus, it’s a season full of fun French words and phrases! Read on to learn some vocab from French tutor Beth L. 

 

Summer is coming, and France is a wonderful haven during this time of year (if you can avoid the heat)! The weather is warm, and delicious, fresh food abounds. Children are on vacation from school, and many families take advantage of that to travel. For many, the allure of nature and the great outdoors is difficult to resist.

What will you be doing with your summer? Beef up your vocabulary so you can tell your friends about it – in French!

One of the first things summer brings to mind is the excitement of vacation and travel.

1) l’été – summer
2) les vacances – vacation
Note: les vacances d’été – summer vacation
3) voyager – to travel
4) un voyage – a journey
5) juin – June
6) juillet – July
7) août – August

Now, let’s use these words in a sentence! For example…

  • Pendant mes vacances d’été, j’aime bien voyager! (During my summer vacation, I like to travel!)
  • Je peux choisir le mois de juin, le mois de juillet, ou le mois d’août pour mon voyage. (I can choose the month of June, the month of July, or the month of August for my trip.)

Many people enjoy the extra time and warmer weather to enjoy the outdoors.

8) le parc – the park
9) la pelouse – the lawn / grass
10) un pique-nique – a picnic
11) de la glace – some ice cream
12) la plage – the beach
13) le sable – sand
14) la piscine – the swimming pool
15) la mer – the sea
16) l’océan – the ocean
17) un maillot de bain – a swim suit
18) un lac – a lake
19) un bateau – a boat
20) nager – to swim
21) le Jardin – the garden
22) jardiner – to garden
23) une fleur / des fleurs – a / some flower(s)
24) une plante – a plant
25) un arbre – a tree
26) la nature – nature
27) les montagnes – the mountains
28) dehors – outside
29) marcher – to walk
30) courir – to run
31) jouer – to play

Editor’s Note: Get a refresher on conjugating -er verbs.

Example sentences:

  • Pendant l’été, nous jouons souvent dans le parc. (During the summer, we often play in the park.)
  • On prend un pique-nique pour déjeuner déhors. (We bring a picnic to eat lunch outside.)
  • J’aime surtout le jardin d’enfants avec ses fleurs et ses arbres. (I especially like the children’s garden with its flowers and trees.)
  • J’ai toujours aimé les bateaux. (I always liked boats.)
  • Quand je suis à la mer, je fais du bateau à voiles. (When I’m by the sea, I go sailboating.)
  • Quand je passe du temps à un lac, je regarde l’eau et les arbres, et j’écoute la silence. (When I spend time at a lake, I look at the water and the trees, and I listen to the silence.)

With the outdoors, of course, you’ll need to be able to talk about the beautiful weather, as well.

32) le soleil – the sun
33) la chaleur – the heat
34) le vent – the wind
35) les nuages – the clouds
36) le ciel – the sky
37) le sud – the south

Example sentences:

  • Quand on va à la plage, il faut se souvenir de son maillot de bain! (When you go to the beach, you must remember your bathing suit!)
  • Comme ça, on peut courir dans l’eau et dans le sable. On peut se bronzer sous le soleil, sentir le vent sur la peau, et apprécier la beauté de l’eau et du ciel. (That way, you/we/one can run in the water and in the sand. You/we/one can tan yourself/ourselves/oneself in the sun, feel the wind on your/our/one’s skin, and appreciate the beauty of the water and the sky.)

In addition to the words above, below are some common phrases and expressions related to summer.

1) Je vais dehors – I’m going outside
2) Il fait chaud – It’s hot
3) Il fait du soleil – It’s sunny
4) Il fait beau – It’s / the weather is beautiful
5) Il fait du vent – It’s windy
6) donner de l’ombre – give / provide shade
7) se limoger – to distance oneself
8) faire du camping – to go camping
9) faire du bateau à voile – to go sailboating
10) aller à la (f.) / aller au (m.) / aller aux (pl.) – to go to
11) prendre l’autoroute – take the highway
12) tomber en panne – break down
13) un coup de soleil – sunburn
14) prendre un coup de soleil – get a sunburn
15) se bronzer – to sunbathe / to get a tan

Check the same regular verb list linked above for help conjugating the regular -er verbs on this list. Several more expressions use the verbs faire and aller. (Learn more about irregular conjugations here.)

Example sentences:

  • Aujourd’hui, on a voulu se bronzer à la plage. (Today, we wanted to tan ourselves at the beach.)
  • Mais on est tombé en panne quand on a pris l’autoroute. (But our car broke down when we were getting onto the freeway.)
  • On a perdu toute une journée d’été! (We lost a whole day of summer!)

So, what are your favorite French words and phrases for summer? Here are ours:

Fun French Vocabulary Words for Summer

As school lets out and the summer begins, don’t be the first to lose your French – instead, continue practicing with your friends while you’re out having fun!

CarolPost Author: Carol Beth L.
Carol Beth L. teaches French lessons in San Francisco, CA. She has her Masters in French language education from the Sorbonne University in Paris and has been teaching since 2009. Learn more about Carol Beth here!

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15 Funny French Phrases That’ll Make You Giggle

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The French language has some pretty hilarious words and phrases. In this week’s guest post, our friend Lily from French Possum lists 15 funny French phrases that natives commonly use in conversation…

The French say some of the funniest phrases without even realizing that word-for-word they don’t actually make sense.

While the French did indeed produce some of the greatest writers, natives don’t necessarily speak like the characters in novels.

If you’re traveling to France or learning French, don’t look surprised when you hear some funny French phrases.

Simply, smile and be attentive. After all,  you’ll know what to expect after reading the list of 15 funny French phrases below.

15 Funny French Phrases That’ll Make You Giggle

1. “Ah, la vache!”

Translation: Oh, my cow

Don’t panic, no cow is lost or wildly running away. The French phrase “Ah, la vache” actually expresses surprise and excitement. The best English equivalent would be “Oh my god!”

2. “Casser les oreilles”

Translation: Break your ears

What happens when your neighbors decide to have an electro party at 3 a.m. and think they should let everybody know by turning the volume up? They “break your ears,” literally…

3. “Devenir chêvre”

Translation: To become a goat

While Americans like to say “to be driven mad,” the French like to make it quite clear that anger is not their right state of mind. Rather, they use the French expression “to become a goat.” If you’re not fluent in French, trying to understand an angry French person may actually turn you into a goat as well!

4. “Arrête ton char!”

Translation: Stop your chariot

Initially, you might think that this French expression is used when trying to get someone to slow down. In actuality, however, this funny French phrase actually means to stop bluffing!

 

5. “Se prendre/prendre un râteau”

Translation: Gives you the rake

This is what happens when a man arrives late to dinner with his lovely date: she leaves the place with a note saying “adieu” (yes, French women are famous for their temper). If a French person “gives you the rake,” it means he or she refuses to go out with you.

6. “Faire l’andouille”

Translation: To make the sausage

This is the French we are talking about, so of course somewhere in this article there had to be a reference to traditional French food. What does “Faire l’andouille” actually mean? Simply to do something ridiculous!

7.  “Chercher la petite bête”

Translation: Look for the little beast

When the French feel that someone is looking really hard for a reason to complain about something, they say someone is “looking for the little beast.” The best English equivalent would be “splitting hairs.”

8. “Être sur son 31” 

Translation: Be on their 31

On big occasions, the French will “Être sur son 31,” meaning that they’ll be putting on beautiful and elegant clothes. If you watch the Cannes Festival Red Carpet events, for instance, this is typically what “to be on your 31” entails.

9. “Tomber dans les pommes” 

Translation: Fall in apples

When the French faint, they don’t fall on a bed of roses perfumed with Chanel N°5, but in… apples! To “fall in the apples” means to lose consciousness.

10.“Il y a quelque chose qui cloche”

Translation: There is something ringing

Imagine D’Artagnan sensing that “there is something wrong.” He would say, “Il y a quelque chose qui cloche” or “there is something ringing.” He would then say to his friends: “Un pour tous, tous pour un!” (All for one, one for all!)

11. “Faire un froid de canard”

Translation: Does a cold of duck

When it gets very cold, the French pretend they’re chasing ducks to keep warm. Okay, I admit, that’s not true at all…but you’ll definitely hear the French say the weather “faire un froid de canard,” meaning “is extremely cold.”

12. “Avoir un chat dans la gorge”

Translation: To have a cat in the throat

Having some trouble speaking? While the English say “to have a frog in one’s throat,” the French prefer to say they “have a cat in the throat.”

13. “En avoir ras le bol”

Translation: To have a bowl full of it

If you “En avoir ras le bol,” it means that you’re “sick of it” and well, the bowl is full and your anger may overflow.

14. “Donner un coup de main”

Translation: To give a knock of hand

If a French person asks you to “donner un coup de main,” don’t punch him or her please. They are actually asking you to “give a helping hand.” So, smile and say “oui, avec plaisir” (yes, with pleasure).

15. “Être au taquet”

Translation: To be at a piece of wood

The word “taquet” is used to refer to a piece of wood put between a door and a wall to block it. This funny French saying means to work hard with the expectation that something good will happen. The best English equivalent would be “to give your best.”

Your Turn!

Try using these funny French phrases in conversation. The more you practice using them, the more natural they will start to become.

Do you know any funny French phrases? Share with us in the comment section below.

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Guest Post Author: Lily
Lily is the creator of French Possum, a blog and YouTube channel that’s dedicated to promoting the French culture and language to people around the world. Learn more about Lily and French Possum here. 

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20 Fun Activities and Games for French Club

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Are you a teacher or student involved in your school’s French club? As you know, finding fun activities and games centered on learning French can be difficult.

That’s why we’ve rounded up 20 fun French club ideas to help inspire you. These games and activities will introduce members to both French language and culture.

Note: These ideas and activities can be applied to any language club, such as Spanish, Italian, or German. 

20 French Club Activities and Ideas

1. Make a French Music Playlist

Using Spotify or Pandora, create your very own French club playlist. Have each student add 2-3 of their favorite French songs to the list. Listening to French music will familiarize students with both French culture and language.

2. Put on a French Bake Sale

Set up a bake sale during a school event in which students make and sell traditional French desserts, such as crème brûlée, soufflé au chocolat, and crêpe suzette. The proceeds will go toward funding other French club activities.

3. Host a French Movie Night

Check when your local theater is playing a French movie and attend as a group. If there aren’t any French movies on the schedule, look some up on Netflix. Check out this post for some age-appropriate French movie ideas: 12 Classic French Movies (and Movie Series) All Students Need to See

4. Visit a French Museum

Check your local museum’s schedule to see when it is featuring a French-inspired exhibition and attend as a group. The admission for students is typically discounted or free.

5. Set Up a Scavenger Hunt

Set up a fun scavenger hunt around the school or town. At each destination, students will have to read a clue (in French) to move onto the next destination. At the end, reward your students with a yummy treat.

6. French Arts and Crafts

Have students make French-themed arts and crafts to give to their loved ones around the holidays. For example, they can make Paris-themed wrapping paper or ornaments.

7. Start a French Book Club

At the start of every month, choose a French book that students will read and discuss. The book doesn’t necessarily have to be written in French. For example, you can choose a book that’s about French culture or history.

8. Celebrate French Holidays

Celebrate French holidays, such as Bastille Day and Easter, throughout the year. Celebrate by making fun crafts or taking part in holiday traditions.

9. Invite a Guest Speaker

Invite a guest speaker to chat with the group about French culture, travel, or language. For example, invite a French translator, author, or artist to talk to the group about what’s it’s like to be in their profession.

10. Create a Monthly Newsletter

Write up a monthly newsletter to be included in your school’s newspaper. In the newsletter, you can include updates on events you’re hosting, a “French Word of the Month,” or a series of inspirational French quotes.

11. Teach Others French

Volunteer at your local elderly home or elementary school. Encourage students to read to others in French or put on a fun French skit. Students will be practicing their French while giving back to the community.

12. Host a Taste of France Dinner

As a group, research traditional French recipes and create an authentic dinner menu. Every student is responsible for cooking a different part of the meal and presenting it (in French) to the group.

13. Monthly Presentations

Every month, choose a student who will give a presentation on a region or city in France that he or she would like to someday visit. The presentation will include cultural and historical facts about the region.

14. Participate in National French Week

Organized by the American Association of Teachers of French, National French Week celebrates all things French. Check out the American Association of Teachers of French website for some ways you can celebrate.

15. Attend a French Play

Check your local playhouse to see if there’s a French play on the schedule. Les Misérables, for example, is a great historical French play students will love.

16. French Game Night

Throw a French game night where you play traditional French games, such as Belote and Jeu de Tarot. You can also play games like bingo and scrabble. Just make sure that you’re using French words and numbers.

17. French Karaoke

Have some fun and sing along to your favorite French songs. Not only will you have a blast, but you’ll also be learning new French vocabulary words and phrases.

18. Subscribe to French Magazine or Newspaper

As a group, choose a few online French magazines or newspaper to subscribe to. Once a month over lunch, the group can discuss a few things they found interesting.

19. French Cooking Lesson

Check if your local French restaurant offers cooking lessons or demonstrations on how certain dishes are prepared. This is a great opportunity for students to dive into the French culinary world.

20. Meet Up with Other Groups

Are there other language clubs at your school? Get together once in awhile to swap ideas for activities that you can do together.

French club is a great way for students to meet new people and practice their French language skills. Spice up your meetings with some of these fun and educational French activities.

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French Language App Review: MosaLingua

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Are you looking for a fun app to help you practice French in between lessons? Below, French teacher Jinky B. shares her review of the French language app MosaLingua… 

As a French instructor for students of various ages and proficiency levels, I’m always searching for easy and interactive apps to help supplement French lessons.

So when I was introduced to the French learning app MosaLingua, I was pleasantly surprised at how easy and fun it was to use.

The science behind the app is a formula of timed repetition. After words are introduced and reviewed, they are repeated at specific points in time.

This formula allows students to learn French words and phrases quickly. What’s more, the student can see and track progress via visual graphs.

Below are some of my favorite benefits the app offers as well as ways students can use the app to learn French effectively.

1. Learn Essential Vocabulary

MosaLingua initially provides the student with flashcards. Based on the student’s proficiency level, the flashcards can be increased in difficulty.

A clear audio clip is played and then the student repeats the phrase via a recording option.

The flip side of the flashcard then shows the French vocabulary word, its English equivalent, and the word(s) in a sentence.

I love the recording option. The student can compare the recording to the teacher recording and make any necessary changes.french learning app

2. Explore Thematic Vocabulary

If students are interested in exploring a specific theme—for example, shopping or traveling—a list of thematic categories is provided.

Within each category are more specified lists, such as how to ask the cost of an item or how to ask where something is located.

This is a great option if the student desires to quickly learn a set of phrases to use in a certain situation.

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3. Listen to Dialogues

One feature that I particularly like is audio of actual dialogue depicting common situations that arise during travel or everyday life.

Students have the option to listen only to the dialogue or to also see the corresponding French and English subtitles.

This feature is great for students who are working on their pronunciation skills and oral comprehension.

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MosaLingua is incredibly user-friendly with various ways to practice French vocabulary. Whether you’re a beginner or intermediate student, the app is a great way to practice in between your French lessons.

Post Author: Jinky B.
Jinky B. teaches French lessons in Jacksonville, FL. She has her Bachelor’s of Arts in French, French Literature and Psychology from Florida State University and has over five years of teaching experience. Learn more about Jinky B. here!

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20+ Best Pinterest Boards for Learning French Online

Do you want to learn French or supplement your current French lessons with some new exercises? Below are 20+ of the best Pinterest boards for learning French online…

Chances are you’re familiar with Pinterest; perhaps you even have an account. While great for saving delicious recipes and décor ideas, Pinterest is also useful for learning French online.

There are hundreds of Pinterest pages dedicated solely to learning French, many of which are created by French teachers and language experts themselves. From French grammar to French culture, there’s something for beginner, intermediate, and advanced students.

Since we know you don’t have time to browse through hundreds of pages, we’ve rounded up the 20+ best Pinterest boards for learning French online. We’ve even organized them into different categories to help you find what you’re looking for.

So whether you’re a student, a teacher, or just a lover of France, these boards are sure to inspire and educate you.

French Grammar and Vocabulary

1. French Learning from Language Comics: With over 90,000 pins and 21,000 followers, French Learning from Language Comics is a great resource for students. The board features an array of content, including fun French learning games and study tips.

2. Laura K Lawless: Virtual language teacher and creator of Lawless French, Laura K Lawless has a over 1,000 helpful pins for French students. Check out the “French Expressions” and “French Reading Practice” board for some awesome exercises.

3. Brenadette Rego: Language specialist, Bernadette Rego has over 60 boards that will help you learn French. We suggest taking a look at her ” French Games” and “French Verbs” boards.

4. Annette Gilleron: Creator of Learn French Lab, Annette Gilleron has curated tons of great content for French students. We especially love the “Fresh Video Tutorials” board, which features dozens of helpful videos.

French Culture and Travel

5. Let’s Move to France With Annie: Created by Annie—who moved her family to France for a one-year sabbatical—Let’s Move to France is great for those who might be considering moving or traveling to France.

6. Learn French with Talk in French: From French grammar to French music and food, Learn French with Talk in French is your one-stop-shop for learning all things French.

7. Comme une Française: Thinking about moving to France? Comme une Française, created by Géraldine Lepère, has 15 boards all dedicated to French culture. Géraldine will have you fitting into the French culture in no time.

8. Annick-Selfrench.com: Developed by French teacher Annick,  Annick-Selfrench.com features many tools and resources for learning French. She also touches on French tourism.

9. French Today: Created by the founder of French Today, French Today contains 12 boards dedicated to learning French online. In addition to French learning tips, French Today contain boards related to French culture.

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10. For French Immersion: Perfect for teachers, For French Immersion offers an abundance of printable resources for learning French. For example, you can access printables for French grammar, vocabulary, and more.

11. Love Learning Languages: Useful for both students and teachers, Love Learning Languages has 10 different boards that cover a wide range of topics, such as French classroom ideas, beginner video lessons, and more.

12. Penny’s Primary Printables: Need some classroom inspiration? Penny’s Primary Printables has an array of resources for French teachers, including holiday and seasonal activities.

13. Teaching FSL: Useful for French teachers, Teaching FSL has several boards filled with engaging teaching ideas. From games to quizzes, there’s no shortage of activities in which you can choose.

General Languages

14. Fiona Busfield-Translator: While not solely dedicated to learning French, Fiona Busfield-Translator has a lot of inspiring content for language learners. We especially like the “Language Funnies” and “All Things France” boards.

15. Sarah @ Baby Bilingual: Do you have a child who is learning French? Sarah @ Baby Bilingual has an array of helpful tips on raising a bilingual child, including language-rich games and crafts for your little one.

16. World Language Classroom: With over 20 boards, World Language Classroom is a great resource for language teachers and students alike. Content covers all aspects of learning a language, from writing, speaking, and reading.

17. Jennifer Wagner: Creator of ielanguages.com, Jennifer Wagner is an expert in language learning. Check out her tips on learning French along with other languages, such as Dutch, Spanish, and Italian.

French Fun

18. French in Normandy: With over nine boards all dedicated to French, French in Normandy has a ton of great information for French learners. We especially like the “French Humor” board.

19. French Language for Bilinguals: Curated by Think Bilingual, French Language for Bilinguals is filled with language resources for kids and adults. From French music to French grammar, this board has over 800 pins.

20. Samantha Decker: Creator of The French Corner, Samantha Decker has curated 12 boards that every French language and culture lover will enjoy.

21. Yippee Learning: Besides language learning tips, Yippee Learning has several boards dedicated to French culture. Check out their “French Decor” and “French Painters” boards.

22.  TakeLessons Learning French: The TakeLessons’ French Pinterest board covers everything and anything French! From culture to language, you’ll find fun articles and images that will inspire you.

Happy Exploring

Learning French online has never been easier with websites like Pinterest. Browse through these 20+ boards to help reach your goals.

Do you have a Pinterest board dedicated to learning French online? Tell us about it in the comment section below and we will add it to the list!

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[Infographic] American vs. French Culture: 8 Things Every Traveler Should Know

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Are you planning a trip to the U.S. or France? Though only a plane ride away, these countries are extremely different. From dining to fashion to going to the bathroom, it’s important that you learn the cultural differences before you go abroad.

After all, you don’t want to offend anyone on your trip by making a silly mistake, such as not greeting someone properly or forgetting your manners.

Check out the infographic below highlighting the difference between French culture and American culture.

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American Culture vs. French Culture: Things You Need to Know

1. Driving

America: The majority of Americans travel by automobile, even in major cities such as New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago. In fact, three out of four Americans drive to work, while a mere 5.2 percent take mass transit.

France: You won’t see roads full of SUVs in France, as the country is known for having an excellent public transportation system. Most people use the underground subway systems and tramways to get around.

2. Dining

France: In France, there’s no such thing as a meal on-the-go.  Rather, people take their time eating and typically don’t eat dinner until around 8 p.m.

America: It’s not surprising to see someone eating a slice of pizza while rushing to get to their next destination. Typically, Americans eat much earlier and faster than the French.

3. Fashion

France: The French wouldn’t be caught dead wearing sweatpants and sandals in public. People take pride in their appearance and dress more moderately compared to Americans.

America: While every city has its style—for example, New York is more high-fashion, while California is laid back–Americans are all about comfort and being casual. Swim trunks and a t-shirt on a hot day are A-OK in their book.

4. Drinking

America: Americans are more apt to reach for a refreshingly cold beer. Over the past years, however, wine has become increasingly more popular. While not celebrated, public intoxication isn’t rare.

France: The French have a reputation for drinking in moderation and their drink of choice is typically wine. After all, you can find a wine bar at just about every corner. In French culture, public intoxication is heavily frowned upon.

5. Dating

America: Americans are all about playing the field. It’s not uncommon for a stranger to ask someone out on a date—which typically includes some sort of meal or outing—if he or she is interested.

France: The French don’t date. In fact, there is no real word for “date” or “dating” in the French language. People get to know each other through social circles—and exclusivity is always implied.

6. Communication

America: Americans are super friendly and outgoing. They are likely to greet friends and acquaintances with a big hug. You could say that communication is very informal, whereas the French are more formal.

France: Hugging is sometimes considered more intimate than kissing in France. The French don’t use the first name of a person unless they are invited to do so. What’s more, speaking too loud is considered a sign of anger and impoliteness.

7. Body language

France: When it comes to body language, the French are quite reserved. Placing your hands in your pockets or slouching are big no-nos.   

America: Oddly enough,  both American and French culture are very similar in this category. Americans value their personal space and don’t respond well to unnecessary fidgeting.  

8. Small Talk

America: People in the U.S. are very open and polite. It’s not uncommon for someone to ask his or her mailman or pharmacist how his or her family is doing or what his or her plans are for the weekend.

France: Stick with small talk. It’s okay, for example, to talk about the weather, but anything beyond that isn’t normal in the French culture.

Happy Travels!

Now that you’re up to speed on the French culture, you’re ready for your trip. Don’t shy away from meeting locals, as immersing yourself in the French culture will ensure that you make the most of your trip!

Do you live in France? If so, share your advice for traveling in the comment section below.

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Moving to France: Honest Advice From Expats Living in France

 

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Congratulations, you’ve finally made the decision to move to France. Now comes the hard part, getting you and your stuff there.

If you thought making the decision the leave your friends and family was hard, you’ve got another thing coming. Moving to France—or any foreign country for that matter—isn’t easy.

After all, you’re moving to a country where you don’t speak the language and you’re mostly unfamiliar with the customs and culture.

Lucky for you, we’ve interviewed several expats who’ve made the big move and asked them what they wish someone would have told them before moving to France.

Let’s take a look at what these experienced expats had to say about moving to France.

1. Find Temporary Housing

“One of my pieces of advice to people is about finding housing. Searching for housing from afar is not easy and can often be wrought with pitfalls,” says Melissa Ladd, creator of Prête-Moi Paris.

“Paris is a difficult place to find an apartment to rent or buy, because prices are very high and it is a rather small city so there is less space for everyone, thus less available housing. I suggest getting a temporary rental for a month or few when you first arrive, to give you the time you need to find something long term or permanent.”

2. Do Your Homework

“Before moving to France (or any other country) do your homework so you will know what you’re getting into. Also realize France will be quite different from where you’re coming from. There will be adjustment and a learning curve. Contact your nearest French consulate to find out what’s needed for your move,” says Jeff Steiner, creator of Americans in France.

“I often see people asking online what paperwork they need to move to France. Well the only place you’ll get an answer is at the consulate. If the consulate is unhelpful or doesn’t answer your question the way you’d like, then maybe France isn’t for you. If you can’t take the paperwork demanded to move to France you’re not going to like the paperwork needed to live here on a daily bases. That said it can be a great place to live.”

3. Learn the Language

It can be extremely difficult–not to mention frustrating–trying to navigate an unfamiliar city without knowing how to speak the language. Before moving to France, you might want to consider learning some French.

While being fluent in French is ideal, it’s not always possible. We suggest learning basic phrases that will help you hold a conversation with a native. Check out these 25 conversational French phrases to get you started.

4. Read Reviews en Français

“So you just moved here and you want to go to a bar. Or a restaurant. Or even find some decent chocolate to bring to a dinner party. I suggest reading reviews, but not in English. Visit the French version of sites like Timeout, TripAdvisor, and even Yelp. If your French is good enough, you can get the gist of what the review says. If it’s not so good, use Google Translate,” suggests Whitney Donaldson, creator of Whitney in Paris.

“Reading in French will steer you away from reviews left by those who are only in town for a few days a.k.a Anglophones who don’t live in France. There is nothing wrong with that but if you want a feel for the local flavor right off the bat, do a little searching en Français.”

5. Don’t Lose Your Cool

“Be patient and remain calm at all times. There are many great aspects about living in France, but many that make me want to pull my hair out. I used to get upset every time something took longer than I thought it should or if something didn’t go exactly as planned,” says Audrey Hickey, author of Audrey Meets World.

“Take it from me, this is a sure way to exhaust yourself very quickly. Know your rights, know the rules, and keep every single piece of paperwork; you never know.”

6. Greet People Properly

“Kiss don’t hug – on the whole, the French are not huggers and will be horrified if you throw your arms around them and pull them close against you – kissing them on the face four times is fine though,” says Janine Marsh, editor of The Good Life France.

“The French can be quite formal at times so don’t expect to be on first name times for a while. When you’re introduced it will often be as Monsieur or Madame this or that and you’re expected to call them as such until they invite you to call them by their first name. It’s not that they’re aloof, it’s just a way of life in France.”

7. Mind Your Ps and Qs

“Never forget to say ‘bonjour’ upon entering an establishment, and ‘merci, au revoir’ upon leaving. This is an essential part of French culture and to not do so is considered incredibly impolite,” says Edna, creator of Expat Edna.

“Even if I enter a shop and accidentally blurt out my order, I’ll stop, backtrack, say ‘Bonjour’ and start over to show that I respect them.”

Good Luck!

Moving to France can be scary, even for the most seasoned travelers. Make the transition easier by taking advice from the experts above.

Have you recently moved to France? We want to hear from you! Share some of your expert advice in the comment section below.

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10 French Love Quotes to Impress Your Crush

The French language is known for being romantic. So rather than getting your significant other a box of chocolates or flowers, you can impress them even more by learning some of these French love quotes.

Learning French love quotes is sure to sweep your date off his or her feet. Just make sure that you practice the right pronunciation to avoid an embarrassing mishap!

10 French Love Quotes

1. “Aimer, ce n’est pas se regarder l’un l’autre, c’est regarder ensemble dans la même direction.” – Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

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English translation: “Love does not consist in looking at each other, but rather in, together, looking in the same direction.”

2.  “C’est cela l’amour, tout donner, tout sacrifier sans espoir de retour.”  – Albert Camus

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English translation: “That is love, to give away everything, to sacrifice everything, without the slightest desire to get anything in return.”

3. “En sa beauté gît ma mort et ma vie.” – Maurice Scève

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English translation: “In her beauty resides my death and my life.”

4. “Une femme est plus belle que le monde où je vis, et je ferme les yeux.” – Paul Éluard

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English translation: “A woman is more beautiful than the world in which I live, and so I close my eyes.”

5. “Car, vois-tu, chaque jour je t’aime davantage, aujourd’hui plus qu’hier et bien moins que demain.” -Rosemonde Gérard

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English translation: “For, you see, each day I love you more, today more than yesterday and less than tomorrow.”

SEE ALSO: Romantic Spots in Paris

6. “Il n’y a qu’un bonheur dans la vie, c’est d’aimer et d’être aimé.” – George SandFrench love quotes

English translation: “There is only one happiness in life: to love and be loved.”

7. “Il n’est rien de réel que le rêve et l’amour.” – Anna de Noailles

French love quotes

English translation: “Nothing is real but dreams and love.”

8. “Amour veut tout sans nombre, amour n’a point de loi.” – Pierre de Ronsard

French love quotes

English translation: “Love wants everything without condition, love has no law.”

9. “La vie est une fleur dont l’amour est le miel.” – Victor Hugo

French love quotes

English translation: “Life is a flower of which love is the honey.”

10. “La vie est un sommeil, l’amour en est le rêve.” – Alfred de Musset

French love quotes

English translation: “Life is a long sleep and love is its dream.”

While your crush or significant other might not understand what these French love quotes mean, he or she will surely be impressed. Interested in learning more about French romance? Check out Flirting in French: 25 Head-turning Phrases You Need to Know.
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French Movies on Netflix Streaming Right Now – January 2016

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The best thing about learning French is that you can call staying in and watching movies “studying”. Doesn’t that Netflix binge seem productive now?

So, what’s in the study queue this month? These great French movies on Netflix are all streaming now!

The Chorus (2004) PG-13

Music teacher, Clément Mathieu (Gérard Jugnot) starts a boys choir at a strict boarding school for boys in France. One child in particular, Pierre, is an aimless troublemaker, but his music teacher sees promise in his budding abilities. 68% on Rotten Tomatoes.

The Nun (2013) R

In this film based on a novel by Denis Diderot, young Suzanne is forced to become a nun because she is an illegitimate child. Suzanne struggles with the strict discipline of the nuns and considers breaking her vows. 75% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Diplomacy (2014) Unrated

Set in World War II, this riveting drama follows two diplomats whose negotiations played a pivotal role in the war as they debate the future of Paris. 93% on Rotten Tomatoes.

In The House (2013) R

A precocious student inserts himself into his classmate’s family, giving his writing teacher voyeuristic thrills and new inspiration. 89% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Haute Cuisine (2012) PG-13

A cook from a truffle farm in Périgord played by Catherine Frot becomes the personal chef of France’s president. Based on a true story, this film serves up a slice of French life as well as glimpses of fabulous food. 68% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Holy Motors (2012) Unrated

In this mind-bending French movie, actor Denis Lavant plays a mysterious man who himself dresses in costumes to play many odd, improvised roles. Accompanied by his loyal driver, he travels around Paris to take part in a number of unusual (and sometimes violent) scenes. 91% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Tomboy (2011) Unrated

10-year-old Laure moves with her family to a new neighborhood, where she begins a new life as a boy, Mikäel. Lead actress Zoé Héran received warm critical acclaim for her role as a transgender child. 97% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Yves Saint Laurent (2014) R

This drama follows the turbulent and glamorous life of fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent. After being fired from the House of Dior, Saint Laurent and his partner built their own formidable fashion house. 45% on Rotten Tomatoes.

Have you seen any great French movies on Netflix lately? Let us know about them in the comments below, check back with us each month to find more great French movies!

 

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9 Cooking Blogs To Follow For Amazing French Recipes

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One of the best things about learning to speak French is the opportunity to enjoy amazing French food!

Even if you don’t have plans to travel to France anytime soon, you can still take a culinary journey in your own kitchen. These nine French cooking blogs are absolute must-follows for foodie francophiles!

Check out classic French recipes, contemporary takes on traditional flavors, and soak up a bit of French culture.

Everyday French Chef

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Think you don’t have time to prepare authentic French recipes?

Think again! The Everyday French Chef can teach you how to make delicious French food without spending all day slaving in the kitchen.  Written with normal working people in mind, this fabulous blog simplifies the art of cooking fine French cuisine.

We recommend: Sole Meunière

Thanks to The Everyday French Chef, you can make this classic French dish in just minutes. It’s perfect for a romantic dinner for two.

French Girl Cuisine

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The author of French Girl Cuisine is Natacha Gajdoczki, a French girl living and cooking in Switzerland.

Her recipes range from quick and simple for beginning chefs to more challenging dishes for kitchen wizards. She also occasionally mixes in flavors from other neighboring European countries. One thing that all her recipes have in common is how delicious they look!

We recommend: Blueberry Tart

Cook up this fresh and beautiful dessert to impress dinner guests, or keep it for yourself.

French Revolution Food

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The author of French Revolution is a native New Yorker who takes inspiration from her French mother’s cooking as well as American cuisine.

Describing her recipes as “French-American Fusion”, she shares recipes that are simple and flavorful, and always come with a fun story to set the scene.

We recommend: Summertime French Country Deviled Eggs

Chocolate and Zucchini

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Looking for fresh, modern, and seasonal French recipes?

Written from her Parisian kitchen, Clotilde Dusoulier’s blog Chocolate and Zucchini is precisely what you’ve been searching for. This modern French cooking blog highlights recipes that are both simple and delicious, as well as being great for cooks at all levels.

We recommend: Raw Chocolate Hazelnut Truffles

Who doesn’t love a little sweet treat? Roll up these little truffles by hand to impress your friends or a special someone.

My French Kitchen

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My French Kitchen is a beautiful, artistically done French cooking blog that encourages creativity and experimentation in the kitchen.

Based in Touraine, this blog explores traditional French flavors and is sure to inspire you to be freer and more imaginative in your cooking. Along with the beautiful food photography, My French Kitchen also often features lovely watercolor illustrations and photographs of French life.

We recommend: Carrot and Poppyseed Cupcakes

These cupcakes are fresh and sweet, and extra moist because they’re made with yogurt.

French Cooking for Dummies

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Who are you calling “dummy”?!?

Actually, appreciating the fantastic ease and simplicity of these French recipes doesn’t make you a dummy at all! Based in Paris, the author of French Cooking for Dummies aims to uncomplicate classic French cooking. With her help, anyone who wishes to try their hand at French cuisine is sure to succeed.

We recommend: Warm Goat Cheese Salad

This classic French bistro salad makes a delicious lunch, taking advantage of the amazing natural flavors of goat cheese and arugula.

On Rue Tatin

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Although she is based in France, the author of On Rue Tatin has a worldwide appreciation for both where food comes from and how it is prepared.

If you’re looking for French recipes that are more than just food, this is the blog for you. Explore customs and learn about the meaning of these delicious dishes.

We recommend: Strawberry Shortcake à la Française

In spring when strawberries are fresh, this classic dessert is exceptionally delicious!

The Flo Show

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Looking for a globetrotting French chef?

Look no further than The Flo Show! This French native shares her internationally-inspired dishes alongside traditional French favorites. For a French spin on world cuisine, this blog simply can’t be beat.

We recommend: 2-Ingredient Chocolate Mousse

How can something this delicious and fancy have only two ingredients? You won’t believe how simple and delightful this recipe is.

The Vegan Version

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In traditional French cooking, vegans have very few options among the meats, cheeses, and cream sauces that make up many French dishes.

Seeking to correct this disparity, the author of The Vegan Version is working her way through Julia Childs’ classic recipes and veganizing them.  If you’re vegan, vegetarian, or just adventurous in the kitchen, you’re sure to find intriguing new takes on old French recipes.

We recommend: Bouillabaise

A vegan version of this traditional fish soup is actually possible, and not that complicated to make. You’ll be amazed by the authentic flavor!

 

What are some of your favorite French recipes? Share them with us in the comments below!

 

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