Molly's Impressions from France

Molly's Impressions from France


by Molly Balmer

After 5 days in Bordeaux, I have to say that this past week has been one of the most challenging yet best weeks of my lives. I never thought that my language and comprehension skills could improve so much in just a few days. When I first came into my house family, the had to repeat and rephrase their sentences multiple times so I knew what was going on. I, on the other hand, had to do the same due to my lack of grammar. Now, after becoming adjusted to the accent and some of the common phrases, as well as learning grammar through trial and error, I feel a lot more confident in my French.

There are two main cultural differences I've noticed between France and America.
First of all, French people do a lot more together as a family. On the weekends they all go out together and enjoy each other's company. They eat every meal that people are awake/at home for together. If parents happen to be home at lunch, they will all eat lunch together. And if not, my host sisters will still eat a well-prepared meal together.
Aside from that, I've noticed that driving in France is also a different story. There are many roundabouts here. And there's not much room to park on any street. Most of the drivers themselves seem about as aggressive as Californian drivers. And lastly, drivers do not stop for pedestrians!

That being said, my stay in France has gone very well so far, aside from having a few close calls with the cars.