French or Foe?

By Polly Platt,

Book cover of French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France

Book description

Designed primarily for people who will be living or working in France for extended periods, offers lessons on French manners, attitudes, and culture.

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1 author picked French or Foe? as one of their favorite books. Why do they recommend it?

Polly Platt was the first author to write about the frustrating features of French in a way that would help foreigners deal with them. In this classic, first published in 1994, she delves into their intense relationship to food, explains how to handle rudeness in stores, how to deal with the French bureaucracy, how their idea of time can drive foreigners crazy and much more. Platt’s observations were eye-opening for me when I first moved to France and are still relevant 25 years later. 

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