July Festival Guide 


Author: Camilla Freeman
It's not too late to get your hands on tickets for London's best summer festivals. With such a wide range of activities and entertainment on offer, both in and around the capital, you are sure to find something to suit you.
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 Paris Insolite 


Author: Camilla Freeman
Desperate to avoid the crowds this summer? Discover some of Paris's best-kept secrets with Franglish's guide to hidden picnic spots, quirky cafés and alternative museums.
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 British Stereotypes as seen by the French 


Author: Camilla Freeman
I have a confession. When I moved to Paris eight months ago, I arrived with two huge suitcases and a long list of misconceptions about the French. No, they do not all walk around in breton tees with a baguette shoved under their arm and a string of onions round their neck. No, they do not all smell. And no, they are certainly not all rude. But what on earth do the French think of us? And are they justified in their opinions?
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 The Best Burgers in Paris 


Author: Emily P.
Whilst hamburgers are often hailed as America's favourite national dish, it has to be admitted that nobody quite does burgers like the French. Paris is now home to some of the best gourmet burgers in the world, full of original flavours and unusual toppings, served in a variety of quirky settings. Luckily for you, we've done some (very delicious) research to find the most mouth-watering burgers Paris has to offer.
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 Daily French Slang that Just Might Throw You Off Guard 


Author: Reem B.
When you are learning a language through a course of lessons, especially when your teacher is a non native speaker, you often end up sounding like a textbook when you put your knowledge into practice and speak to actual natives. Unfortunately, this is more so the case in French than in other languages. As if French in its ''correct'', traditional form wasn't challenging enough to learn already, colloquial French involves a substantial amount of slang words, or argot, that can very easily throw you off guard or even sound like a different language altogether.
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 Innocent Expat Mistakes that Come Out Really, Really Wrong 


Author: Reem B.
When you communicate in a language that is not your own, you are bound to make mistakes. In fact, mistakes are the best way to learn the correct way of saying things. Sometimes we avoid asking how to say something completely, choosing instead to go for what we think it might be by translating from our native language as, more often than not, it is actually correct. If it isn't, the person with whom we are speaking usually responds with a little giggle and a correction which we then make an effort to remember.
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 Pompidou Centre: a fresh view on the permanent collections 


Author: Isabel Orange
This week we went to the Pompidou Centre to go and have a look at the permanent collection because earlier this year it was redone with a new layout and new works on display.
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 Greetings in France: a guide to avoiding awkward situations 


Author: Reem B.
Every country has its own etiquette when it comes to meeting and greeting people. It's often actually one of the first things foreigners ask about when moving to a new country. We all care about making a good first impression, respecting the local culture and just generally being polite.
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 Five weird and wonderful ways to spend an evening in Paris 


Author: Alysa Salzberg
For centuries, the City of Light has been known for its nightlife, and the tradition continues today. But did you know that in addition to countless bars, restaurants, cinemas, and theaters, you can also find more unusual ways to spend an evening here? Here’s our list of five of them:
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 How much do you tip in France? 


Author: Reem B.
Dining in French restaurants, regardless of whether or not you have opted for French cuisine, is always an enjoyable experience. With their 'formules' that are always a cheaper option than ordering a single dish 'à la carte', you are guaranteed to leave the restaurant fully satisfied, yet not overly full. The portions of 'entrées', main courses and desserts are perfectly sized and go wonderfully with a glass of wine. If you have chosen well and avoided tourist-aimed restaurants that often have sky-high prices and disgruntled staff, you will have also probably enjoyed some friendly, fast service.
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