I’ve Been Living in France for 7 Years and Want to Tell You About the Country Without Sugarcoating Things

Moving to another country is always tied to big hopes and a whirlpool of emotions. Perhaps that’s why it’s so interesting to read people’s stories about how brave they were to make that step. Below, is a story about a resident of Khabarovsk, a city in Russia, who went to school, started working, and changed several cities before finally getting married. She has gone from a student with a temporary visa to a French citizen within 7 years.

Bright Side asked this woman questions about her life so that we can all know more details about a country whose residents, according to rumors, can eat whatever they want and never get fat.

1. The language

The issue of knowing a language in a different country is always very difficult. I’d been learning French at a university and the teacher would always blame me for having a severe Russian accent, which caused me to grow quite worried. However, it turned out that French people are pretty loyal to Russian pronunciation of things and even consider it charming (or “charmant” as the French say).

I’ve Been Living in France for 7 Years and Want to Tell You About the Country Without Sugarcoating Things

Moreover, when you start to live among French speakers your speech becomes very similar to those around you quite quickly.

As for the English language — it’s not very welcome here. Therefore, it’s better to refrain from saying “Hello” when entering a cafe or a shop. It’s best if you enter, smile, and say “Bonjour.” After that, you can shift to English. If you enter somewhere and don’t say any greeting at all, get ready to never be forgiven.