“Signs of Becoming French” (from FUSAC)

Hitchhiking … showing approval … or showing the number “one”?

I don’t reblog very often, but sometimes you come across something that’s just too good not to share. While it’s not really a “blog,” FUSAC is an English-language magazine published in France that caters to those living the expat dream. In the July 5 edition, there was a great little article by Shari Leslie Segall identifying the top 20 signs that you’re becoming French. Of course, I had to read it and do my own personal assessment. I’m happy to report that I’m well on way, with a score of 14 out of 20.

Here’s where it seems my evolutionary process is stalled, though (you need to read the FUSAC article to follow this):

I’m definitely working on #1, but will take more time to adequately express my sarcasm, disdain and frustration … even operating at a C1 level of French. I’ll never be able to accept #7 because of my upbringing by my dad: “I’d rather be 30 minutes early than 3 minutes late.” As for #10, I’ll always complain about closet space even if I accept the fact that there’s not a lot of it here. Since I still use my American-made laptop, I haven’t yet had to master the AZERTY keyboard of #11. It’s always a catastrophe when I use one. As for #16, I’ve actually gotten more vibrant since coming to France. A flash of color from a scarf casually draped around the neck is so very Parisian! Finally, I couldn’t care less about “foot,” so I’m afraid I’ll never get credit for #20.

This is a great read for any expat in France
(and for those of you who know one).
Tell me, how are YOU doing with this?

© 2013 Samuel Michael Bell, all rights reserved

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