Oh oui, learning the language is only part of the process. Real « frenchification » requires a different kind of fluency; understanding the French mindset and the implications of cultural differences is key to true integration.
That’s why all AUCP students take « French Cultural Patterns, » a class that gives them valuable insights into the cultural elements underlying French language, behavior, and institutions. In addition, AUCP programs provide countless opportunities for experiential learning (living with and like the French), allowing students to achieve both French language fluency and advanced intercultural skills that will serve them a lifetime.
But just for fun, you can get a head start on « becoming French » thanks to our friends over at Babbel, who share these surprisingly accurate tips to Frenchify yourself.
While eating a delicious meal, talk about other appetizing meals you ate, could eat, will eat, should eat, want to eat, definitely have to eat.
Make sure your sense of humor is strong and resilient. The French live for irony and tend to tease everyone. Don’t mistake a harmless joke for rudeness.
Be ready to debate any point, even if you have no reason to. The sentence, “I have to disagree in some way” can pop into conversation at any time.
Learn to find the negative side of any good situation, because there is always a “but”.
Dress mostly in blue, grey, black or white: this limits the chance for embarrassing fashion faux pas. Fashion faux pas are not acceptable!
Food takes precedence over EVERYTHING, and good food should always be enjoyed with good wine.
Get over your romantic misconceptions of “the City of Lights”. Yes, Paris is for lovers – if you’re a tourist!
Feel free to complain openly. It’s an acceptable form of self-expression.
Spend several hours sitting around a table with friends and family, and stay as long as food keeps coming.
Don’t worry: you aren’t the only one making spelling mistakes! Even the French struggle with writing their own language. How many n’s or m’s in that word again? What’s the silly grammar rule I should use for this particular sentence?
Have something to say? Take to the streets!
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Original article by Pauline Benéat, at Babbel.com.
Learn more about AUCP Core class ‘French Cultural Patterns’ and other course offerings in the Academics section of the AUCP website.