Are the French really rude? Or is it the Americans?


Hello everyone 🙂

That title above might sound pretty loaded, but believe me, there’s a lot of misunderstandings going around when tourists and French people meet each other. And especially Americans, for some reason.

Now, I’ve heard Americans say they think French people are rude – and I’ve heard French people say the same thing about Americans. So what’s actually going on?

(And by the way, it’s not just Americans – but seeming today’s podcast guest is from the US we’re going to stick with that for today.)

So, meet Janet Hulstrand, who has just written a book called Demystifying the French where she tackles some of the big cultural differences between Americans and French people.

I could write about it all day really, but why not listen to the woman who wrote the book! Press play below – or go and listen on your phone’s podcast player. Click the subscribe button and you’ll help this podcast grow!

Here is Janet’s home page to find out more about her work. Her book is called Demystifying the French, How to Love Them, and Make Them Love You. 

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Yes, and while I’m thinking about it, I once had a guest called Heidi Moore who also talked about Americans in France – specifically, the guide for how NOT to be an American in Paris – and you might want to check that one out too.

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