Signs You May be Turning French…

You know your children are turning French when…

… they know more swear/slang words in French than they do in English.

… every sentence is prefaced by the exclamation ‘La vache!’ (and no, they weren’t referring to the Montbeliard cows producing Comté cheese, who were grazing peacefully on every field we passed during our holidays).

… they demand ‘explications’ for every single command you issue.

… older son is writing an encyclopedia because he likes to pontificate about things and he has heard of Diderot.

… younger son builds Eiffel Towers with rulers, protractors, pens and rubbers (in earlier years, it used to be the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth).

… they have opinions on the policies of François Hollande and compare him with Sarkozy

Maybe it’s time to head home soon?

Then again, on a sunny day like this…Image


21 thoughts on “Signs You May be Turning French…”

  1. When I first moved back home after a few years in Italy, I found myself thinking in Italian and translating into English, using Italian idioms instead of the standard English ones (translated into English, of course, like “close the lights”). I imagine your children will hang onto expliquer for years to come…

    And what a wonderful education that is for them.

    1. And probably the things we learn as children stick with us even more. I’m still tempted to say ‘close the window, it’s pulling’ in English (a direct translation from German).

  2. LOL, no you stay where you are as long as you want to/need to. They can always pick up their roots when you return here some day. It sounds perfectly magical to me!! x

  3. Marina Sofia – Oh, what a great post!!! Research shows that young people learn new languages like that – so quickly! I’m not surprised that your children did. So fascinating on so many levels…

  4. What a gorgeous picture! I’ve been to Europe, but not France. My husband spent time in France as a teenager and has said it would be a great place to go if we ever had the chance.

    1. Oh, it definitely is – French people like to complain about the state of the country (with some reason, nowadays, I admit) but it’s really got everything to make life enjoyable: got landscape, history, food, architecture, and even good roads for the most part.

  5. They say you really know a language when you dream in it. I’ll bet some of your children’s dreams are in French by now!
    It looks like a good dream to me though. 🙂

    1. I know, hard life! And I couldn’t take a picture of the view from the other side of the house (Mont Blanc, because the sun was in the wrong direction).

  6. Lovely post and reminded me of how clever little brains are. Remain there as long as you can and enjoy it. Travel and living in foreign places is the best education you can give them. Travel feeds the soul and nourishes the brain. Lucky kids.

  7. You should track down “The Last and Only, or Mr. Moscowitz Becomes French” by Peter S. Beagle to offer an insight on the process of transferring from one culture to another.

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