~+ . : THE SOCIAL CULTURES :.+~
Some important tips on how to socialize with French people
Apart from acquiring the language, you also need to know how to communicate with French people. Learn more about the effective verbal or non-verbal communication as well as the important gestures . Here are some tips on
.:: NON-VERBAL COMMUNICATION ::.
Making eye contact means equality in France. It is considered too personal for use with strangers.
Alternatively, refusing to make any eye contact is one way of looking down another person, especially when that person is a waiter or a salesman.
To appear friendly, brief eye contact should be established, especially with the ones who are helping you. For women, do not look back at strangers on the street who stare at you, even if you are interested
French people all shake hands. Usually, it’s a brief holding for the hands with an even briefer visual acknowledgement. Yet, it is most important in French greetings among all friends.
People shake hands when they are first introduced, and whenever they enter or leave a room, and before and after a meeting. It would be considered impolite if you do not do so.
French people also say that they can judge a person’s character by their handshake!
The double kiss
Kissing on both cheeks is normal between close acquaintances who are greeting or parting, or family members, even in public. Often, one starts with the right cheek.
.:: GESTURES ::.
When socializing, showing gestures can help people to understand what you are trying to convey.
These are ten useful French gestures that we find most common and interesting .
then the index finger for the two, and the middle finger for three, etc.
a hair growing out of your palm, and say, “Il a un poil dans la main.”
ogether, kiss your fingertips, and then open your hand, as if tossing something in the air.
of your body, with your palms out, then move them out, while saying, “C’est fini.”+
- wants to sleep, or
- is asleep and you don’t want to wake.
Put your palms together, place your hands on your shoulder,
rest your cheek on your hands. You may optionally close your eyes.
temple and turn your hand back and forth.
cover your mouth with your hands.
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