People here answer me in English…

ImageQ: I had always heard that the French resent foreigners who don’t speak their language, so when I moved to Paris two years ago, I enrolled in a class almost before I had finished unpacking. My skills are pretty good now, so it really annoys me that many people here answer me in English as soon as I open my mouth. Not only does it deprive me of the chance to improve, but also it feels like a putdown. Do you have a good comeback to suggest to me the next time this happens?
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Summer Holiday Question

Image Q My French boyfriend and I are fighting over how to spend summer holidays. We have planned a 10-day camping trip in Wyoming, but I intend to stay in the US on my own for an extra week to visit some former college classmates in California. My boyfriend insists that he should come with me, even though he knows none of these people and speaks very little English. He gets very upset when I explain that I want to do this without him, saying that such a plan is not good for our couple, that I am being selfish, and that if I really loved him, I’d want him along. In my opinion, his lack of understanding shows not only the limits of his caring, but also a lack of appreciation of all I do in France to adapt to his culture… Continue reading “Summer Holiday Question”

I met my French boyfriend in the US

 Things have gone steadily downhill since my arrival in Paris
ImageQ I met my French boyfriend in the US, and we had a passionate relationship there for one year. Then, as the government wouldn’t renew his visa, he returned to France, and I moved here 18 months ago so that we could be together. I am really unhappy and homesick, and now blame my boyfriend for not doing enough to help me. All his friends are French. I don’t speak the language, and I can’t find work; he yells at me when I complain about France…. I love him but can’t decide to what extent the relationship is worth this big sacrifice I’m making. Continue reading “I met my French boyfriend in the US”

Apartment Rental & Purchasing Agencies

Image Flat Hunter
FlatHunter is a property search specialist that works exclusively on the buyer’s side, finding homes or investment properties for both French and international clients. Services in Paris, the suburbs and greater France. Tel: 33 (0) 1 42 26 64 35 Email:  //

Barnes property consultants is “run by expats for expats” and offers over 1500 furnished and unfurnished apartments in Paris. Tel: 01 55 61 92 92 Email: // Continue reading “Apartment Rental & Purchasing Agencies”

French estate agents & notaires

Image Excerpted from “Buying a Home in France ” 
Only some 50 per cent of property sales in France are handled by estate agents (agent immobilier). However, where foreign buyers are concerned, the vast majority of sales are made through agents or handled by notaires ). It’s common for foreigners in many countries, particularly the UK, to use an agent in their own country who works with one or more French agents. A number of French agents also advertise abroad, and many have English-speaking staff (so don’t be discouraged if you don’t speak fluent French). Continue reading “French estate agents & notaires”