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Meet the Parisians Paying a Small Fortune to Live in Microscopic are usually rented by young, broke students and the lower working class. Meet the Parisians at Work. Inexpensive shop and studio tours in English and French. By Durant Imboden. photo Laurence Monclard's Meeting the French. The French shake hands almost whenever they meet, and always when meeting someone for the first time or for business. Arriving at work in the morning, it is.
- Meet the Parisians at work
Recently I received this comment on the blog from Chritsine: Hey, love the blog, just discovered it. I got here last October, with my job, and have not met too many people since. My colleagues are all French and going out with them seems to be off limits for some reason. You can see the original post here Thanks Christine for asking a question that we can share with other readers who might be experiencing the same frustration here in Paris. My first advice is to stop trying to be friends with all your coworkers — it may happen or it never will, unless they want it to.
So you see even other French people will feel like outsiders too! Here are some things to do: Learn French — people will want to talk to you if they feel comfortable speaking to you in their own language. Look into classes with the Mairie or Alliance Francaise or find a chatting partner on craigslist.Why It’s SO Hard To Make Friends With Parisians - Making friends in Paris
But in my experience, trying to make friends with Parisians has made me feel like the social equivalent of Allison in The Breakfast Club you know - the one who eats a sugar sandwich?
French people do not make friends at work. OK, so this a sweeping statement.
Of course there are exceptions, and of course it also depends on the size of the company. French people like to keep a controlled facade, a sort of separated professional existence, at work.
And when friendships do somehow mutate from the traditional working relationship, it becomes some sort of sordid secret, which needs to be hidden from other colleagues at all costs.
This tendency is all the more hilarious to me as this is a country where it is basically impossible to be fired.
Meeting the French - Paris tourist office
If it were impossible for us to get fired I can only imagine what sort of pandemonium would ensue. Arriving punctually, but never early, is also vital in most aspects of etiquette in France.
At the dinner table, French manners dictate that the French keep their arms above the table, not in their lap. Advertisement French manners and etiquette While people in France can sometimes appear to behave impolitely, the use of polite form in language is sacrosanct in French manners and etiquette. When addressing a stranger, always add Monsieur or Madame, as in Excusez-moi, madame if asking directions or for help in a store.
If someone gives way to you, it is common to thank them or say pardon. Asking pardon is often a devalued term, and can be used in restrained anger, as when you move someone out of your way.
A guide to French etiquette and manners
The French may be proud of being republicans, but using titles are still a beloved part of etiquette in France. All sorts of people, and especially politicians, expect their position to be recognised.
As a courtesy under typical French manners, when addressing the local mayor it is usual to say Monsieur or Madame le maire. Academic titles and degrees are also important, and you should know and use them where possible such as a doctor. A common phrase which can be used in most situations is: