High School Abroad, High School France

Adjusting to Life in France, Food and the French Language

by Mickinley Nault, CCI High School Abroad Participant in France

The street sign where Mickinley is staying in France.

Time in France goes by SO fast. I have been here for two weeks and I have no idea where all the days went. Six months sounds like a lot, but it is going to fly by for me.

I’m still getting used to how different everything is. The culture is just so strong-and it’s not at all what I had imagined it to be. Before I came here, people had told me French food was VERY different, French boys were VERY straightforward, and that French people hated tourists who couldn’t speak their language.

The only true statement in that is that French food is different. It is SO different. I’ve been here two weeks and I’ve already eaten sardines, oysters, snails, and a number of fruits that I had never even seen. The way they eat is different-eating one course at a time. And there are so many different types of cheeses here. The French know their food.  But as for the other stereotypes-boys here are just like boys in the U.S.A. and with all the difficulties I’ve had speaking the language, not one person has been impatient or demanding.

Not only am I learning about France but I’ve met so many people from other countries as well. At the school I’m attending there are 11 foreign exchange students from all over the world. There were so many of us a journalist came and wrote an article for the local newspaper. It’s very interesting to know not only how different things are in France but in other countries as well. I think that for students in the U.S.A. it’s very common to think that everywhere is the same, but it really just isn’t.

The only thing I’ve been disappointed with so far is how little I feel like I’ve improved in my French. I can have conversations, but they are very limited because of my lack of vocabulary. It’s frustrating not being able to express a feeling or ask a simple question, but I’ll get the hang of it soon.


About Greenheart Travel

CCI Greenheart Travel is personally invested in providing cultural immersion programs that change lives, advance careers and create leaders. We achieve this by partnering with organizations and governments overseas that empower their local communities through experiential learning and practical development. We provide others with the same positive travel experiences in which we ourselves engage. Through travel and cultural exchange, we help individuals reach their full potential, leading to a more tolerant, peaceful and environmentally sustainable world.


3 thoughts on “Adjusting to Life in France, Food and the French Language

  1. Hey, I just read this article and i’ve been pondering going on the france exchange. I’m not that great in french though. So i was just wondering if its hard to communicate with the family your living with? I’d love to talk if your interested, thanks!

    Posted by Syreena | January 28, 2011, 4:32 pm
    • Hey! Communicating with the family is not actually as difficult as I thought it would be…I didnt know a lot of french either but I think you learn really fast how to use what you do know to say what you need to say. Its a little more difficult to understand sometimes but deffinately worth the effort. My email is Mickinley@gmail.com if you have any more questions 🙂

      Posted by Mickinley | February 3, 2011, 7:14 am
      • Where are the latest Blogs….It’s been over a month..Tells us what is happening in France?!?!?!? We are on the edge of our seats!!!!

        Posted by Mike | February 28, 2011, 10:10 am

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