How To Be An American In Nice, France

As much as we Americans may have learned about France and become familiar to its history and culture, it is important to remember that it is still a foreign country and that we are still American-speaking Americans – at least most of use are. Below are some useful guides to enjoying you next trip to Nice, France.

Ways to Spend Your Time, Money, & Good Looks

The Flower and Fruit Market is a very colorful, exciting environment. Also, apparently soap is in abundance at the market and comes in all different scents including opium, red wine, and a blue-oceany smell. Everything is relatively cheap and locally made so it’s a great way to add to your French experience. Enjoy this market even more by buying some fresh fruit and taking it to the beach to eat it there. Fruit loves to go to the beach and be eaten.

Whatever you do, don’t forget to stroll along the beach and pretend you’re a famous celebrity on vacation. After all, half of that is true. There are plenty of restaurants to find here along the water and (sarcasm alert) the seafood is to die for, unfortunately, but don’t worry, there are plenty of tourists.

Chickpea Pancakes, or “socca” in french, is a sort of pizza crust mad of, you guessed it, chickpea flour. Try this, but make sure to leave room for some crepes which, tourist-attraction as they may be, are still delicious. Galettes equally as delicious and are usually found in restaurants. Their natural environment where they can be found is restaurants while Crepes tend to populate outside food stands.

Talking with French People

Things French People Like to Talk About:

For a culture with food and wine as a foundation, many are interested in the topic. Contribute you opinion or just ask away and learn why French food and wine is the “best.” You’ll soon realize that the French are a very opinionated bunch and it just so happens that they also enjoy talking about politics. Don’t feel like you need to know the about French politics or American politics for that matter, it’s just best to be prepared.

Things to Avoid Talking About with French People:

General topics to avoid include America and World War I & II. But also keep in mind that the French view work as a small part of life and therefore don’t deem it very important to an interesting life. You might also want to avoid talking about politics – be prepared.

Speaking French

If it weren’t for the geographical position of France, the language might get mixed up with the Balto-Slovic language family. Let’s face it, there are some pretty odd sounds in the French language including some that pretty much omit the second half of every word. That aside, here are some useful words with pronunciations to help you get around enough. The French really appreciate it when you speak French. The more you try, the more you are respected. Still, as a tourist town, Nice had many English speakers.

Good day/Hello………Bonjour (bon-juor)

Good night (used after 4pm when greeting someone)………Bonsoir (bon-swar)

Good night (used after 4pm when leaving someone)………Bon soirée (bon-swar-ey)

Good bye (used before 4pm)………Bon journée (bon-juor-ney)

Thank you………Merci

Sorry………Désolé (dey-sol-ley)

Excuse me………Pardon

Yes………Oui (we)

No………Non (no)

And………Et (eh)

How much?………Combien?

How much is that?………Combien pour ça? (come-bien-por-sah)

I would like………Je voudrais (ju vu-dreh) Spoken with a soft j.

Please………S’il vous plait (seal-vu-play)

The bill?………L’addition (la-dis-ce-on)

Where is?………Où est? (oo-ay)

Where is the bathroom?………Où sont les toilettes? (oo-sont-ley-toilette)

Do you speak english?………Parlez-vous anglais? (par-ley-vu-ahn-glay)


By Katie Dobbs and Jake Sheets

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