How to become a French compagne

If you are moving to France then it’s probably safe to bet that you want to start a new life in a new culture.

Embrace the culture

British tourists and expats often receive a bad reputation wherever they go and unfortunately that’s the case in France. Many of them are accused of establishing English colonies in the French countryside and that they don’t attempt to integrate. Rather than go out and embrace their new homes culture they can often be found in British bars and British supermarkets and their language skills have much to be desired. France and England have a long intertwined history often full of violent confrontation and rivalry, fortunately these days the two countries are very close.

Learn the Language

Working and living in a different country can be a very daunting experience especially if the locals don’t speak a word of English. Even basic tasks can be made virtually impossible by the language barrier. Waving your arms about wildly and yelling in English in French accent will often make a situation worse as well as embarrass yourself. The locals will appreciate the fact that you have taken the time and effort to learn the lingo making you, and your family’s integration far easier.
There are many places and products available in the UK that teaches new languages.
A good place to start is the BBC Languages website.

Join in

France has many of its own unique festivals and traditions. France is a predominately Catholic nation but does not share the same fervour as other European countries like Spain or Portugal.

National holidays

1 January New Year’s Day
1 May Labour Day
8 May WW2 Victory Day
14 July Bastille Day
15 August Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
1 November All Saints Day
11 November Armistice Day
25 December Christmas Day

Embracing the French culture is a rewarding and truly enriching experience that will allow you to make the most of your new life abroad.

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