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Driving in France

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Mushroom picking in France

In France, mushroom picking, or “la cueillette des champignons”, is practically a national sport during the Autumn season. However, there are guidelines to follow before wandering through the woods.

Nicola Harrington - guest blogger living in France with 7 holiday rental gites

Nicola Harrington

France is a very proud nation. They are proud of their country, of their heritage and of their language.

The French take their holidays in France. I am not sure of the exact percentage, but I wouldn’t mind betting that at least 80% of the French take their holidays in France. I have been told on numerous occasions, ‘why should we take our holidays anywhere else, we have culture, some of the best beaches in the world, mountains for skiing and fabulous countryside.’ It is pretty hard to argue against this as it is all true!

The internet is making the world a smaller place, and English words are slowly creeping into the French language. Computer games and operating systems are increasingly in English and the younger generations are learning English without even realising it.

Yesterday, a friend called round for a coffee. Although I know she understands more English than she is prepared to admit we talk in French and she puts up with my appalling pronunciation and terrible conjugaison. Her mother is arriving soon and I ask when. ‘Dans 4 weeks, eh semaines.’ She looks at me shocked. ‘I have never said an English word in a French sentence before.’

Will France become a bilingual nation or will they resist?

 

EDITORS NOTE

My wife is French and I am British. We are both bilingual, and at home speak a language we call Franglais. Interestingly enough, neither of us is aware of it, as it is perfectly natural for us. This can cause interesting and sometimes funny situations when in company, either in France or in the UK, as people don’t always seem to understand what we are talking about!

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