Way around France

Flirting your Way around France

In previous articles we have taught you how to get by in France and also how to read a French menu and eat out. These are all great opportunities to have a great time in this beautiful country. However, over and above this, France and the French language are known to be both beautiful and romantic. Therefore, in preparation for the New Year, we want to get you started on your flirting in French skills. So, without further ado, here are 20 phrases to help you flirt more effectively in French:

Way around France

First and foremost, the equivalent of flirting in French is Draguer.

  • uis-je vous offrir à boire? or Je peux vous offrir un verre ? – Can I buy you a drink?
  • Vous venez souvent ici? – Do you come here often?
  • Vous êtes célibataire? Mais comment est-ce possible? – Are you single? But how is that possible?
  • Tu es drôle – You’re funny
  • Tu es mignon – You’re cute
  • T’as des beaux yeux, tu sais?  – You’ve got beautiful eyes, you know?
  • T’es beau / T’es belle – You’re good looking / beautiful
  • Tu es très jolie – You’re pretty (to a woman)
  • Tu es très beau – You’re very handsome (to a man)
  • Ou as-tu été toute ma vie? – Where have you been all my life?
  • J’aimerais mieux te connaître – I would like to get to know you better
  • Allons quelque part moins bruyant – Let’s go somewhere less noisy
  • Je pense à toi – I’m thinking about you
  • Mon chéri/Ma chérie – My darling (male / female)

And for those who really mean business, here are some more phrases you can use:

  • Allons chez moi – Let’s go to my place
  • Chez moi ou chez toi? – Your place or my place?
  • Si je t’aide à apprendre l’anglais, est-ce que tu m’apprendras comment embrasser à la française? – If I help you learn English, will you teach me how to French kiss?
  • Je t’aime – I love you: Piece of advice, wait a while before using this!

There you go! Now you can surely (and carefully) enjoy your nights out, even more. One thing is certain, whether it’s an affair with a new man or woman, or one with the French language and culture, in order to be able to live it to the full, you really need to make sure that you can communicate like a native!

We hope this information will help you during your stay in France. If before or during your stay, you decide that you want to join like-minded people, who are also interested in the French language, contact us by filling our form here. Our staff and teachers at French in Normandy will be happy to help you improve your French language skills, whilst showing you around the beautiful region of Normandy.

Normandy Awards

French in Normandy Awards

Over the years the education travel industry has seen various schools grow in terms of both size and popularity amongst agents and direct clients. As in any other industry, hard work should always be rewarded, and the importance of such rewards has been demonstrated through the increasing number of award ceremonies within the education sector. These events bring together like-minded people to celebrate great examples of best practices and inspiring leaders, to name but a few.

Normandy Awards

French in Normandy has been participating and also winning at these events since 2007. So, before we move on to our list or nominations and awards, we would like to say a heartfelt thank you to all our business partners, students and staff members who have made French in Normandy’s success, possible.

2007: shortlisted for the Study Travel Magazine awards

2008-2012: winning Study Travel Magazine’s Best French Language School 

2012: winning SUPERSTAR School at the Study Travel Magazine awards

2012: Receiving a Certificate of Excellence from Educationstars

2013-2018: winning UED Best French Language School Award

2013-2017: winning the Best French Language School at Educationstars

2016: winning at iStudy Global Awards

2016-2018: short listed for CSR Champion at the ESL awards

2017: bronze winner at the Lead 5050 Charitable effort

2018: winning at the Lead5050 Women Education Awards – Inspirational Woman of the year, our very own Eleri Maitland

2018: runner up at the Normandie Women in Business (Femmes de l’économie) 

2018/2019: iStudy Teaching Excellence Award in France

To us, all of these nominations and awards are not just another trophy or a certificate that we can place on our shelves. The significance to us lies mainly in the relationships that we have built over the years. If it had not been for the people we connected with and the trust they place in us, French in Normandy, would not have been able to be where it is now. Therefore, once again, THANKS to all of you and we hope to keep building great relationships in the future!

Living in a Host Family

Dos and Don’ts of Living in a Host Family

Choosing to living in a host family is a great decision. Last year 8 out of 10 of our students chose this type of set up for their stay in Rouen. Many students make this decision because a local host family can give you the immersion experience you are looking for through insight into the French lifestyle and culture.

Just like every other experience in life, there are the ups as well as downs of living in a family. Living with others can be difficult especially if they do things differently from you. To make it work, it is best to remember that you should respect the way things are done in your French family and be prepared to enjoy a new experience!

If you generally feel shy or if you find it difficult to start conversations it may be a good idea to bring some photos of your country and the people who are close to you. This gives you a subject to talk about and it helps your host family get to know you. It would also be nice to bring a small gift from your home country or to ask your family if you can cook a typical meal during your stay with them.

Your family will provide you with a single room and bed linen will be changed every week. The bathroom will be shared unless you have requested otherwise, so, please organise a routine with your family and remember that others may be waiting to use it.

Living in a Host Family

A few simple common-sense rules will go a long way to making this stay enjoyable for both you and your host family:

  • Some families have outdoor and indoor shoes. If this is the case, please remember to take off your outside shoes when you come in.
  • Do not smoke indoors.
  • Follow the family routine for things such as meal times and bed times. Even though you paid to stay with this host family, you need to keep in mind that you chose this option over a hotel because you want to connect. The people you’re living with may not be your relatives, but they still worry about you and want you to feel welcome.
  • Please keep your room tidy and do not keep food in it! Rinse the bath after use, leave the WC clean and last, but not least, do not waste electricity or water!
  • Do not use all the hot water.
  • Do not fiddle with the TV, computer or heating settings and please tell your family, the school or both if you are feeling too cold or hot.
  • After 10.30 at night please keep noise to a minimum, including the use of mobile phones. Use headphones if necessary and keep your phone on Vibrate or preferably Silent mode.
  • Arrange with your family ahead of time if you are going to be out late or miss a meal, or if you want to invite someone round. Mealtimes are a great time to connect with the family that’s hosting you. Food is known to bring people together so if you can try to be at home to help set the table or do the dishes. Apart from this being polite it is also a great communication opportunity.
  • Your family is happy to do light washing but please ask them if you can use the machine when you like for other washing.

These points may seem like a lot to follow, however, the gist of them all is that you should respect the people you live with as they are opening their homes, so you can get a better language and cultural experience. Communication is key in this kind of set up so always keep in mind that you can speak to the family or to the school representatives if you have any concerns or doubts.