FRENCH CULTURE SHOCK || Expat in France

FRENCH CULTURE SHOCK || Expat in France


Salut Youtube! I’m back again for
another video in my culture shock series because I love doing them, you seem to like them and I really love talking about what life is actually like for a
New Zealander living in France these kinds of things are just the little
things that make you want to say hey have you noticed that or is it just me? So
if you love talking about cultural differences between people like I do
stick around we’re about to get into it Okay so the first topic I want to talk
about is gonna be a little bit sensitive I know for French people because French
people love their comic books but I noticed something a little bit
interesting about the comic books and I just feel like I need to get off my
chest. For me comic books are something from childhood we had Asterix and
Tintin and Batman of course the us kind of Avengers style comic books and stuff
but it was something aimed at maybe you know kids too young teenagers and here
is definitely you know accepted as an adult to absolutely love comic books and
to collect comic books and because there’s a wide range of adult comic
books and of course you can get really dirty adult comic books like adult adult
comic books but then you’ve just got your standard adult comic book where
there’s lots of stories of adventure real life and the you know you get into characters you know just like you would with a novel or a film and just
like in novels and films you know a part of life is that characters have sex
and I just can’t get my head around that when I see it as part of a standard
storyline in a normal adult comic book we’re just in the store and then
suddenly this character that I’m really getting into like a strong lead female
character she’ll be having sex with her lover and I see this little cartoon
character enjoying it and having a good time
I can’t compute I’m kind of like I bug I’m like but because there’s the the
childhood association of cartoons and comic books for me and then this and it
makes me feel like really prudish because I feel like oh that’s naughty to
see that like no is anyone gonna see me looking at this thing I’m so perverted
but it’s just so normal it’s just just like as part of novels and in most
films it’s just a story get over it like this is just such a standard thing and
so yeah I just want to talk about that that’s kind of funny maybe a culture
shock that you may experience living in France. The next thing I want to cover is
an object that I didn’t realize existed can anyone tell me what the hell is this?
I encountered this for the first time in my boyfriend’s father’s home in Avignon
in the South of France and I saw it in his bathroom and I was like what is that
device this device apparently is called a bidet and it’s there to squirt water
into your parts. Um why do you need that? I’ve never felt the need to apply pressured
water to that area you know showers baths they often
suffice. My auntie actually made a joke that is you know based on the French
cliche that French men all have mistresses and they go and visit their
mistresses during the long lunch break that it’s to freshen up after such an
encounter midday I don’t think that that’s true, I don’t know. French
people, help me understand in the comment section please. The next
point I want to touch on is the insane amount of yogurt that you will eat in
this country I think because in France you like a lot of countries you have a
breakfast lunch and dinner but what’s kind of surprising about the
lunch is that it’s just as big if not bigger than the dinner and almost an
obligatory part of that is a dessert you eat that at lunchtime which I never used
to do before and I do now and I have to admit it’s a real pleasure. But you
know so that you’re not eating creme brulee or mousse au
chocolat you know every single day at lunch and dinner this kind of thing they
often just like to seal off the meal with something sweet and often that’s a
yogurt or some fruit but it’s really like tripled my consumption of yogurt
because I don’t often you know used to eat yogurt breakfast time but now I eat
a yogurt to end lunch and dinner like you have a yogurt often after dinner
here as well so you may be eating I don’t know like let’s say an average of
two yogurts per day seven days a week 14 yogurts per week! And the way they eat the yogurt is pretty strange as well they take plain yogurt natural yogurt
and then they manually add like white sugar to it so they’ll pour the sugar
into the yogurt and mix it up and then eat it and I don’t really get it because
we have sweetened yogurt already pre sweetened and it’s nice and smooth
whereas when you like mix and sugar into a yogurt it becomes like textured and
kind of grainy and yeah that’s just the way they like to eat their yogurt and
they eat a lot of it. Another point that I wanted to kind of touch on is that in
the workplace you kind of sometimes have to court people to do their jobs you
have to almost convince them that you’re a likeable person that you get on well
that there’s a kind of relationship there in order for them to do sometimes
their job for you. A concrete example is in one of my companies here I had an HR
who just would never email me back I would email her I have questions and she
would never ever get back to me and then I bumped into her at a kind of workplace
event and we got chatting and we decided to take a lunch together and we had a
lunch together and it went really well and since then I have never ever had a
problem with her, she emails me back in like 15 minutes. For us you
know if you receive an email well you’ve got to reply to their email that’s
that’s part of your work contract like you’ve got to do a job that’s part of
doing your job is replying to your emails whereas here it’s like I don’t
know this person. It can also help to put a more senior person in copy of the
emails if you need a reply from someone but you haven’t had the chance to meet
them in person yet that’s another hack for getting people to reply to you.
Another thing that you’d notice if you move to France is that it’s okay to say
that you’re not okay or something’s not okay
so if someone asks you like how are you it’s okay to be like yeah
not great pretty tired you know and speaking of tired people talk about how
tired they are a lot here I’ve never heard this phrase so often like it’s
je suis fatigué – it’s really like people talk about how tired they are
a lot I think when you’re learning French for the first time you should
learn like Bonjour merci au revoir Bonne journée, je suis fatigué because
honestly you use it a lot but anyway my point is is it is okay to say that
you’re not okay you know where I’m from you’re like how are you yeah good good
and that’s, full-stop, that’s how far it goes whereas here you can be
like you can complain you know you can you can let it out a little bit you can
let off the steam you can be like oh I had a terrible morning with the kids or
whatever it may be and it’s it’s a release it’s a form of release and I
mean it’s okay to not be okay and that’s yeah more human we’re not okay
the time and that’s okay we can talk about that here in France. Something I’ve
noticed in France as well as just there’s something weird around table
placement normally like for me when you go out with a bunch of friends I mean
and there’s 12 of you arriving I mean you just take the seat and you sit down
and that’s fine nothing you know nothing matters like if you’ll be in front of
someone maybe you don’t know them so well but that’s fine you’ll chat and
you’ll get to know each other here I’ve noticed when you’re in a group sitting
and you’re going for a sit-down meal there’s a thing where you do almost like
this dance of like okay so this person will sit here and that person will sit
here and you take the time to like think about it and talk about who’s gonna sit
where and why and like “oh they’ll get on better” and they’ll do this and
it’s like can’t everyone just get on equally? I mean we can mix it
up like it doesn’t always have to be the best friends sitting together and the
boyfriend sitting together or like whatever it is. We just sit
wherever we sit like we don’t take the time really to like think about it
whereas here there’s a moment of like okay what’s gonna work the best with the
best dynamic and kind of like overthink the table seating thing I think you know
just the other day I had a kind of business meeting with people that we
didn’t know them we were a team in kind of a staff restaurant with them and the
most senior person was yet to arrive and we had this moment like oh wish if she
searched she should she be at the head of the table if she sits there she’ll be
opposite this person and that and I’m like honestly. Okay the last thing I want
to talk about is kind of very specific to my field of work and it’s because as
part of my job I run trainings but I also noticed this when I was a student
as well that when French people are are in classroom kind of sittings whether
that’s in school or in trainings there’s a lot of this chat-chat down the back
of the room or yeah like whispering or just not really being there and I
noticed because I mean we run international trainings so we have
people coming from all around the world to the same training and it’s always the
French participants chatting between themselves, it’s always them and I don’t know it’s like maybe you guys aren’t disciplined about it at school or
it’s your way of kind of like rebelling from a very strict rule based structure
such as school or a training environment I don’t know what it is but I have noticed that. Cool guys so that’s another video done and dusted unfortunately I
wish I could keep chatting about these things for ages I love talking about
cultural differences this is the reason I started my youtube channel but until
the next Video Wednesday because yes I release videos every single Wednesday
for those of you who aren’t subscribed yet please subscribe if you want to see
those come out but I’ll see you guys next Wednesday
A bientôt!

Author: Kennedi Daugherty

100 thoughts on “FRENCH CULTURE SHOCK || Expat in France

  1. About your HR "problem". You have to understand that France is influenced by the latin culture, which puts interpersonal relations to a higher level than in the anglo-saxon culture. You will find the same pattern in Italy, Spain, Greece Latin America, and partly in France too. You need to create a personal connection with people. I worked in the Consulting area for 20 years in France before I moved abroad. Meaning that I was hopping from one company to another, one type of organization to another, and interacting with new people all the time. What I learned from this, is that when I was getting into a new company, I had to get the org chart, understand the interactions of people within the organization (The "real"orgchart), identify who I will need to interact with, and then get introduced to each and single of these people. I mean, going to their desk, introduce myself, or take the opportunity of a meeting to engage a quick chit chat right after the meeting… Anything to establish this personal link. We are humans, and we tend to give a higher priority to people we know (and appreciate) than to people we don't know.

  2. Par contre j’aurais juste une question sur cette vidéo. On parle de bande dessinée pour adulte en France mais est-ce que les bandes dessinées qu’elle a vu son des œuvres françaises ? Ou bien des œuvres importées des États Unis ou d’Angleterre par exemple ?
    Du coup ça change tout ….

  3. 1) adult comics, yuck 2) bidet, yuck 3) french complain, a lot, meh ok, 4) emails! yes send work emails 5) table placements, i don’t understand 6) french chat at classes or training? glad I’m not teacher… btw I’m America

  4. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bidet
    "Bidets are common bathroom fixtures in many southern European countries, especially Italy, where they are found in 97% of households (the installation of a bidet in a bathroom has been mandatory since 1975),[4] Spain, and Portugal (installation is mandatory also since 1975).[5] Additionally, they are rather widespread, although not standard, in France, and within Europe are often found in Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Slovenia, Malta, and Greece. Outside of Europe, they are very popular in some South American countries, notably in Argentina and Uruguay. Electronic bidet-integrated toilets, along with functions like toilet seat warmers, are commonly found in Japan."

  5. En france on dit surtout qu'il ne faut pas prendre un cas pour une généralité. Il y a énormément de gens différents et ces clichés expliqués ici me semble peu representatifs de la france et des français…

  6. Here in France the " bidet" is not used anymore, but there are still some bidet in the old houses. It's a really old thing for us

  7. For the table thing, in France it's very common to take a long long time at family's dinner. Sometimes it last several hours so it's kind of strategy to take a seat…

  8. OMG, so funny you say about the yogurt! When I was in Paris visiting my boyfriend and staying with his parents, I would always be offered fruit puree or yogurt after a meal. I thought it was because they didn't prepare dessert and it was all they had in the fridge! Turns out that's just what they do. (They also laughed at me when I said " Oh, puree!" because that's just for potatoes, apparently! LOL)

  9. 1:21 That's less a NZ vs FR difference, and more of a cultural shift. In the 80's and 90's, superhero comics were super popular (and before too, but I feel like there was a definite upsurge in popularity) and those kids are now adults, so adult comics are popular, and graphic novels are seen as acceptable for adults. As comic users grew up, comic books adapted to follow adult interests. Superman was always for ages 9-15 or whatever, but now there are tons of erotic comics and indecent graphic novels.

  10. J'apprécie la plupart de tes vidéos mais celle-co est vraiment mauvaise…. Aucun des sujets n'est vrai, mais uniquement à la marge. Pour les BD, tout le monde n'en lit pas, et surtout, le fait de voir des dessins de personnage ayant des relations sexuelles n'a rien de choquant,…. On voit la même chose dans des films, et pire encore dans des clips…. Pour le bidet, comme expliqué dans les commentaires, elles ne servent plus aujourd'hui… enfin pour le faire de répondre aux e-mails pro, bien sûr que les français répondent à leurs mails professionnels, comme tout le monde. Le fait que quelques personnes ne soient pas professionnelles n'est pas français. Bref, je n'ai pas pu regarder le reste de la vidéo tant c'est insupportable… c'est purement extrapolé de cas particuliers….

  11. Bidet is less common nowadays but what I was told is that it was used in room where no place for shower kind of ancient ensuite.

  12. I can't believe how much each time you are on the spot accurate. I see it from the other side as I am French leaving in Ireland for the past 12 years but I always find it hard to put rationale thoughts around it. The training thing is SO right!!!

  13. We also have bidets in Argentina, and u can wait till it’s full and then clean your parts or to clean your feets is not just pressure water in your ass😂😂

  14. I just found your channel and I really like your videos, you just won yourself a new sub 😉 also, Tintin is Belgian, not french ^^ I know, 50% of Belgium speak french, but you might get in trouble with some Belgians if you say that in front of them because Tintin is kind of a big thing for them ^^'
    But to bring back the discussion about the comics, yes, it's kinda in our culture to see that in a form of art, after all we got the Festival of Angoulême wich is dedicated to that… It's also may be why we're the the second country where mangas sell the most after Japan, because we kinda have the same culture on that point and a lot of other.

  15. In France we eat 3 times per day, the morning for the breakfast (like everyone) and for the lunch we eat as big as the diner time because we like to eat. Nothing is better than a good meal for a good afternoon of hard work.

  16. About table placement : May have to do with the lenght of meals ! One hour facing someone you find out you're not liking at all can be very, very long !

  17. Love your videos, I'm french and living abroad for years (China). All of those little shocks you describe, they are for me pretty much what I miss the most (not especially all of them and not only from that video).
    Those little particularities that make up a culture.

  18. Fun fact

    -"ça va?"
    – "ça va ça va, ça va ?"
    -"ça va ça va"

    This is actually a common conversation between two french

    Btw Great video !

  19. Pourquoi les blancs se considerent « expat » en france alors que les arabes et noirs sont migrants ou immigrés, I am just wondering 🤔🤔

  20. Well the bidet seems pretty obvious to me. It's to be clean, washing your part is cleaner than just using paper toilet.

  21. Vision très étriquée et non représentative de notre façon de vivre ! Ça ressemble plus à une critique méprisante qu'un constat. Parlons de ta culture maintenant, sur le même ton !

  22. Le bidet a fait très longtemps parti de la toilette intime des femmes à une époque ou l'eau courante (au robinet avec plomberie et système de mise en surpression de l'eau à travers un réseau d'eau potable desservant tous les foyers) n'existait pas. Le bidet remplaçait la bassine d'eau sur un meuble qui elle servait à laver le haut du corps pour les femmes. Le bidet quand à lui servait à se laver des pieds jusqu'au parties intimes sans devoir faire de la gymnastique sur le meuble avec une bassine ^^. Quand l'eau courante est devenue un standard d'hygiène dans les habitations grâce à la distribution au robinet d'eau potable, le bidet a été modernisé pour se raccorder au réseau (la ou avant l'eau était puisé dans un puits, chauffée et placée dans le bidet). Puis il est tombé en désuétude jusqu'à disparaitre des habitations ne faisant plus parti des critères moderne début des années 80. La généralisation des douches prenant moins de place en superficie au sol qu'une baignoire et un bidet pour le même usage. gain de place = prix au mètre carré revu à a hausse), ils ont disparus à par dans de vieille maison campagnarde ou datant jusque débuts des années 80 (construction de l'époque) et sans être enlevé de la salle de bain ensuite.

    Le bidet a une connotation très "filles de joies" car il a souvent été peint dans l'environnement des filles de bordels ou de petites vertus que l'on retrouve chez les impressionnistes comme Degas.

  23. Bidets are pretty useful for cleaning feet, even if that is not their original function (which is …. still unknown to me xD).

  24. Comic books are like that in the U.S and in Japan too. Why do you think its more of a French thing because its not.

  25. for yogurt, i think i really depend of where you are in France. i mean for exemple in Normandie, people really like things which was made with milk, so they eat many different cheese, yogurt,…

  26. I was also a bit shocked over the whole sugar in the yogurt for dessert last summer at my host family's house. We ate that for dessert almost every night.

  27. Je pensais que l’on mettait du sucre dans le yaourt dans tous les pays et que c’était normal mdrrr
    Aussi on met pas que du sucre on met souvent du miel ou des coulis de fruits par exemple mais en tt cas je savais pas que c’était que les français qui faisaient ça 😂

  28. I also have experienced that it is often difficult to get a reply if you send emails to different people in France where its their job to answer, like secretaries or doctors, the doctor himsel etc. (where I am a patient of their hospital) Its really frustrating and I think its very strange and rude. If there are any french people in the comment section I would be interested to hear why this often is the case. Doesnt there exist some kind of rules?

  29. Sachant que la France partage un amour incontesté avec le Japon ! Les Français consomment beaucoup plus de Manga que de Bande-Dessinée

  30. Bidets were used in the past (up to the 70's) because people were used to save water, not wasting it, so they were washing their parts, their feet and their face daily, and not took a complete shower everyday. So the bidet was design to that purpose

  31. Je trouve que tu prends un ton très condescendant pour parler de ces chocs culturels, des fois on dirait que tu es vraiment dégoûtée des habitudes des Français ou de la France en général

  32. J'adore ces vidéos sur les chocs culturelles qui frappent souvent vraiment juste.
    Bon je vais mettre un frein sur les yaourts, je n'avais jamais remarqué que 7 par jour, était largement au dessus de la moyenne.
    Bisous toujours amicaux

  33. The crunchy and texture of the sugar is what make it awesome. Also at least you know what's in it. Sweetened ones are usually sweetened with lower quality sweeteners.

  34. Sometimes "bidets" are also used between two showers. People want to stay fresh & clean, so they use it for their private parts and foot for exemple, which are two sensitive parts of our body. A bidet uses less water than a complete shower and is small enough to be easer to reach with your foot for exemple (compared to a sink) …
    Well… it was the way my parents used this when I was a child ^^'

  35. Le bidet sert aussi à se laver les pieds, pas seulement les parties intimes. Il y en avait un chez mes parents quand j'étais petit dans les années 90, mais c'est de plus en plus rare. Je crois que c'est aussi répandu en Italie.

  36. Hi, love what you do, always very interesting to see our own culture through the eyes of a foreigner 🙂
    About the bidet: it's an old artifact, it's not something one can find in a recent house or flat. But it comes from a time where showers were not invented yet, i believe. Therefore the need for a special device for that, because in that time, toilet paper was not a thing yet either 🙂 (and by the way, toilet paper is unhygienic, cleaning our bum with water is still the best way to be clean, we just forgot that ^_^ ) So bidet are found in old houses only (or in conservative people houses only, haha)

  37. Why France you say, because they gave me all the sex i wanted and more if i wanted, as my Jewish wife thought she do me a favor by giving me sex, like their the chosen people of God. and remember i was in Europe at 19 years of age, and came back to America to marry Jewish lady when i was 23 and still needed plenty sex. Jerome from Florida

  38. Bidet is not even that common in france ad it is in Italy. In Italy we have them everywhere, in every single bathroom, of every single house. I don't know anyone who has a bathroom without it. Even in micro tiny apartment where you can barely walk into the bathroom, there is one. And that is simply because it is INDISPENSABLE for your hygene. I mean, am I supposed to take a full shower every time I poop? or even worse, am I supposed to stay poop-dirty (because no, toilet paper is NOT enought to really clean your butt). Oh, and let's not even talk about when you have your period. So the real question is… Which of these two options is chosen by people in the rest of the world??? Shower or dirty private parts? P.S. it's not "pressured" water, your not supposed to squirt the water directly THERE, you wash yourself with your hands.

  39. Hehe. I understand being perplexed about bidets. I was too, but had to read about washing with water a ton while in India, because I really couldn't wrap my mind around it. I don't like using soley toilet paper now. I must have water as well.

  40. Bidets use less water than a bath or a shower ! Showering every day is not necessary unless you sweat like mad !!! Skin can cope without soap for a few days ….apart from arm pits feet and genitals !! We over use showering in Australia and lack. WATER !!!

  41. Un "bidet" est à l'origine un objet pour la haute société française dans les années 1700/1800. Plus tard son utilisation s'est répandue aux échelons inférieurs de la société. Le but était, surtout pour les femmes de bonne société qui devaient rester pudique, de faire des toilettes intimes sans pour autant prendre des grand bains (qui consommaient beaucoup d'eau et temps pour les préparer) alors que la douche n'existait pas encore. On pouvait aussi s'y laver les pieds. Je crois savoir que les américains lui donne un sens assez sale puisqu'ils l'ont découvert en France pendant les guerres mondiales dans des maisons de prostitués. Mais ce n'est pas relié à ce genre d'activité et on est très loin d'être le seul pays à l'avoir utilisé. C'est juste une sorte de baignoire en modèle réduit pour laver une partie du corps. On ne le retrouve plus aujourd'hui que dans les salles de bain assez vielles, car son utilisation n'est plus vraiment dans les habitudes des français. Je ne sais même pas si ça se vend encore.

  42. Your always so funny and yet educational. You always make me laugh. No, I also did not know about the comic books, how funny. Keep up the great videos.

  43. Un yaourt ou fromage blanc contient des protéines dont du calcium .certains prennent des crèmes desserts comme style des viennois ect

  44. Loves hearing about the cultural differences! I am American and have often wondered about what it's really like to live in France. Thanks for your videos!

  45. @notevenfrench
    And everyone else :

    There are a few things to understand when talking about comic books.

    Firstly, comic books should be renamed, narrative still images.

    It's been around since the prehistorical era, up to stained glass in churches, to Bayeux Tapestry
    to Colonne Vendôme, to Andy Warhole.

    It's a concept , narration with stil images.
    and the form it takes can be murals, tapestry, stained glass, a colonne, or a book or any format and material and tools.

    It just so happens that since Gutenberg, people started to put drawn images in newspaper, often caricature,
    meant to be funny, then stripes of 2,3,4 images meant to be funny, and it was the beginning of modern day "comic book"
    which took its roots in the false idea that its meant to be funny and stupid, or for kids and dumb people and couldn't be seen as a work of art, as its been done for millenials prior to that.

    Worse it had to stick to one format now.. a book.
    And even though it regain mature content.

    Contemporary artists that uses still narratives images, won't say that it's basically a comic books
    and the contemporary scene of comic books won't even try to free themselves from the book format.

    But we're getting there.

    I'm saying all that, as a contemporary artist and a comic book artist, having studied art history
    and comic book history.

    Hope it helped

  46. getting pissed about the last comment. i've been living in the usa for two years and ive noticed SO many people talking when someone was speaking – pre shift, COURT HOUSE – and more.. And as the only french person i'd be so annoyed by their lack of respect and their impoliteness. So no. I don't agree with the last point and ive noticed it so many times that ive come to ask myself "am i annoyed by their loud chatting during a meeting because i'm french and this is rude to us?!"

  47. Les bidets sont très utiles aujourd'hui pour faire des bains de pieds au yaourt nature. Une alternative économique aux bains de champagne.

  48. Watch out for the yoghurts – lots of hidden sugars! Thanks so much for all your videos ….I have lived in Montpellier as a student and Auvergne as a waiter, but it's nice to be reminded of French life and shown new things too! 😉

  49. Le bidet est surtout une tradition italienne car le matin on zcair plus l habitude de se nettoyer les parties plutôt que de prendre une douche

  50. The bidet isnt just a french thing, but also you'll find that in many asian countries and for us its really difficult to use bathrooms without it.

  51. I love watching these as a French person living in Australia because you teach me about why I think and act a certain way all the time! I came here when I was young but there seems to be a lot of ingrained “French” habits and beliefs I have, and I didn’t realise why is was different until I came across your videos. So a big thank you 😘

  52. I'm from the US and I grew up in home with a bidet I admit my parents are Italian and Spaniard so that might have something to do with it. Yes when I bought my home I had a bidet put in.

  53. Hi! Thank you so much for your videos. I learn a lot about France 😄
    Regarding bidet: here in Indonesia you would find bidet almost everywhere (offices, shopping malls, etc) or at least small shower.
    Here, we can never do the “business “ if is no source of water inside the bathroom.

  54. Hahahaha, actually my French lessons basically started with "I'm tired" phrase XD. Really, I've learn it super fast and never forgot (unlike the rest of my French)

  55. Bidets function as a more hygienic way to wash after either type of evacuation hands free? Not to be too graphic but water soap free and paperfree is a préférable and considered a luxury.

  56. I studied abroad in Paris for a year and I loved the "yaourt au nature!" I liked being able to control how sweet I wanted it. Also, I fell in love with Danao, a kind of yogurt drink.YUM! Try it!

  57. Distracting via chatting: It is not just French culture in this case. I think you are on to something in your analysis about why some people chat (rudely) in the back of a workshop. Many years ago in the U.S., I attended a two week long live-in course for teachers of mathematics. This infernal, distracting chatting was a plague on our learning and enjoyment. It was not on-topic chatter, despite the engaging, challenging information being presented. After a while it became clear that the culprits were only the high school teachers. Why? Were they emulating their unruly students? Did they not carry a clear sense of courtesy toward the presenters or their peers? Were they worried that the might be embarrassed if they were to engage fully and perhaps reveal their professional weaknesses? Was it a form of narcissism that they needed to refocus attention on themselves rather than on the speakers? Were they used to being the center of attention in their high school classes? It didn't have anything to do with their level of mathematics skill since the topics were about reassessing pedagogy, and after all, they had signed up voluntarily for the course! In the end, my recommendation would be to call them out on it. There are several kind ways, publicly or privately, to help them reassess what they are doing and why.

  58. Graphic Novels are not comics although i hear a lot of people using the term interchangeable. Joe Sacco has written some amazing work on the Serbian war. He also did an amazing look at Palestine. These aren't for kids, it's another way or absorbing information…he's an artist as well as a journalist. Canada has one of the best Publishers of Graphic Novels in the world called, Drawn and Quarterly….if you or any of your followers want to check it out…they may even have french ones.

  59. I guess the "bidet" is a heritage from past time when shower didn't exist then it was more confortable for women (especially in rich families) to clean properly. There are stories about this, how it was created and how one of our president some day asked a hotel to install it before to settle ^_^

  60. As an expat myself I enjoy immensely your observations, i realize that after 60 years away from France I still carry the French culture. It is refreshing. I was happy to be able to install a bidet in my Canadian home by the way. Yaourt in the diet but we do not drink milk as they do in N A

  61. I find it interesting how all Anglosphere countries are so similar – can even same basically the same – in terms of culture. We should just all unite into one giant nation haha

  62. I'm british and eat a lot of natural yoghurt. If there's no jam I'll mix a bit of sugar in. I prefer demerara to white sugar though. I visit france a lot and always appreciate the availability of natural yoghurt.

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