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11 Steps To Frenchify Yourself

What does it really mean to be French? Forget all the stereotypes, and follow these 11 steps to Frenchify yourself!
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11 Steps To Frenchify Yourself

For serious Francophiles, learning the language is only part of the process. Real “frenchification” requires a different kind of fluency: understanding the French mindset.

1. un

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.

2. deux

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.

3. trois

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.

4. quatre

Learn to find the negative side of any good situation, because there is always a “but.”

5. cinq

Dress mostly in blue, grey, black or white: this limits the chance for embarrassing fashion faux pas. These are completely unacceptable!

6. six

Food takes precedence over everything, and good food should always be enjoyed with good wine.

7. sept

Get over your romantic misconceptions of “the City of Lights.” Yes, Paris is for lovers — if you’re a tourist!

8. huit

Feel free to complain openly. It’s an acceptable form of self-expression.

9. neuf

Spend several hours sitting around a table with friends and family, and stay as long as food keeps coming.

10. dix

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?”

11. onze

Have something to say? Take to the streets!

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Pauline Bénéat
Pauline Bénéat is from Brest, France. She studied Political Science at Sciences Po Rennes and European Studies at the University of Bath. After living in France, the US, the UK and Germany, she settled on Berlin and joined the Babbel team in 2013.
Pauline Bénéat is from Brest, France. She studied Political Science at Sciences Po Rennes and European Studies at the University of Bath. After living in France, the US, the UK and Germany, she settled on Berlin and joined the Babbel team in 2013.