Discover how to save time and money, by managing your finances and overseas transactions with ease.
Stuck for a fabulous gift idea? Here we look to French culture for inspiration for the best gift ideas – all of which can be ordered online and have a special French twist.
Did you know serving ketchup at schools – the 'incarnation of Americanism' – is banned, as is calling a pig Napoleon. Find out more weird, strange and funny French laws that exist today.
Can the Académie Française save the French language from English words? At least they can create Anglicisms and claim the words as their own.
There's little room for coddling and praise in French education yet children aim for academic achievement and behave – is the secret the French way to educate?
Paris is known more for being the most romantic city in the world than for its urine-scented streets and dog-eat-dog metro system.
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Even fluent French speakers sometimes have to ask: Comment dit-on…? Our French teacher gives you practical vocabulary for getting your hair done in France.
Do children use the teacher's first name, surname or just 'teacher' – and what does this reflect about local culture?
Should foreigners avoid joining 'expat bubbles'? Blogger Karen McCann considers the pros and cons of mingling with expat groups when living abroad.
As an expat it's more about memorising foreign irregular verbs or visiting that landmark you keep putting off, rather than slimming down or saving.
Maria Foley explains why family rituals are so important for giving expats some much-needed familiarity and a sense of belonging, particularly during festivities.
Teresa Dolan looks at French New Year traditions, presents a typical French New Year's menu and prepares a few treats.
There's no better time to mix the best of our cultural traditions than at Christmas. The Expatica team shares personal favourite Christmas traditions, as we reflect on the best of Expatica 2015.
Europe is about incorporating diverse cultural values, free movement and sharing ideas – would you vote for 'European' nationality?
A French person won’t comment on your 'broken French' but they’ll let you know you speak French 'like a Spanish cow'.