Questions tagged [culture]

The tag has no usage guidance.

Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
4answers
210 views

Peut-on être fier et humble à la fois ?

J'ai, à plusieurs reprises, entendu des personnes dire, suite à, entre autres, une nomination, une remise de prix ou une décoration, qu'ils en « sont fiers » et qu'ils l'acceptent « avec humilité » (...
4
votes
5answers
295 views

Emploi du mot « arabe »

J'ai une petite question ; on désigne souvent par le nom arabe des personnes issues du monde arabo-musulman. Cependant je me suis rendu compte qu'il était mal vu de l'employer, par exemple dans des ...
0
votes
1answer
41 views

French Fanfiction [closed]

I was just wondering, are there French fan fiction communities? Like an FF.Net specific to French? For an example we have from Germany, https://www.fanfiktion.de/ Anything like that, but for French ...
2
votes
2answers
210 views

Are French classic authors 'famous' outside of France? [closed]

If you are French, you haven't necessarily read Flaubert, Hugo, Balzac, Stendhal, ... but you know their names. How famous are those authors outside of France? Do people with a minimum education know ...
2
votes
1answer
67 views

La connexion entre Notre-Dame et la prière « Je Vous salue, Marie »

C'est une question culturelle. J’espère qu’elle est permise. J’ai vu que plusieurs Parisiens chantaient la prière « Je Vous salue, Marie » dans différents lieux pendant que la cathédrale Notre-Dame ...
2
votes
4answers
339 views

“Faire la bise” in France vs hugging in America

I am taking an online course (from CMU online learning initiative here... it's pretty good so far). In a video, a girl comes into scene where a few people are sitting around a table. She seems ...
2
votes
2answers
228 views

Vouvoyer ou tutoyer son supérieur hiérarchique

Quelles sont les modalités du vouvoient/tutoiement d'un supérieur hiérarchique ? Je connais mon superviseur de recherche post-doctorale depuis cinq ans. Il a 50 ans et moi 39 ans. Il est prof des ...
0
votes
1answer
54 views

Présentation: diapo avec remerciements (nécessaire ou non)

Nowadays, there is an active discussion about why one should delete the "Thank you!" slide (and how to end appropriately his/her presentation). See, for instance, https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/...
5
votes
6answers
188 views

Expression pour l'acte de laisser un objet dans la rue pour qu'un inconnu le prenne

J'ai vu cela plusieurs fois dans certaines grandes villes françaises: au lieu d'aller a la déchetterie pour se débarrasser d'objets encombrants, certaines personnes les laissent dans la rue, sachant ...
9
votes
2answers
1k views

Where does the idea that French people say “oh la la” all the time come from ?

As a French man living abroad, I often hear non-French people saying "Oh la la !" (along with an imitation of a kind of posh attitude) after someone talked about something that is typical of France or ...
1
vote
3answers
131 views

What are three ways French cheese or “fromages” are categorized? [closed]

On my French study guide, there is a question asking what are three ways French cheese are categorized. However, when searching online, it said that there are 8 different ways they can be categorized. ...
3
votes
3answers
259 views

Une œuvre étroitement associée au « 14 Juillet » ?

Depuis 1880 (l'année où « La République [française] adopte le 14 juillet comme jour de fête nationale annuelle »), y a-t-il une (partie d'une) œuvre en littérature dont il est de notoriété (en France),...
4
votes
1answer
309 views

Why does French use orange for alerts/alarms, while English prefers yellow?

This is possibly not a linguistic question, but a cultural one, however it could have linguistic origins, so I am asking it here... In English-speaking countries, the "default" color between green ...
4
votes
2answers
253 views

Un slow minimal

As far as I can tell, the only song from Cindy: Cendrillon 2002 to make it onto Luc Plamondon's collection J'aurais voulu être un artiste, etc. is "Salaud" (paroles). I've worked out most of it... I ...
8
votes
2answers
2k views

What is the term for “fanfiction” in French?

What is the commonly used term for "fanfiction" in french? Google gives me an identical translation "fanfiction", but I wonder if this is what French people actually use.
5
votes
2answers
259 views

Voit-on jamais “a.m.” ou “p.m.” dans des pays francophones ?

Je sais bien qu'on ne dit jamais "On se retrouve à sept heures a.m./p.m." On dirait, bien sûr: "...à sept heures du soir/du matin" ou bien pour préciser l'après-midi ou le soir: "...à ...
5
votes
2answers
375 views

Why are mutiple kissES exchanged (at least one on each cheek) when “faisant LA bise”?

If “la bise”and “le bec” are both singular nouns meaning “the kiss,” why do French and many Francophone people generally exchange multiple kisses on their cheeks when they “faire la bise / le bec” ...
1
vote
5answers
169 views

Où est-ce que je peux regarder la télé en français sur Internet ?

Je veux regarder la télé en français, et ça ne me dérange pas de payer des frais si nécessaire. Est-ce que vous avez des idées ?
2
votes
2answers
1k views

Why are French terms of endearment so bizarre?

My question may seem very vague, so I shall try and clarify what I mean by bizarre. Here are a few examples of terms of endearment that I had in mind while posing this question: Mon chou (...
2
votes
2answers
86 views

Should “demande de stage” be hand-written or typed? [closed]

I want to submit a "demande de stage" in person. Please, in French culture, should it be hand-written or typed? Thank you
18
votes
3answers
3k views

How to apologise in French

I was wondering, if one was to hurt somebody accidentally what would be an appropriate way of apologising? For example if a child were to hit an elder while on their bicycle.
10
votes
6answers
51k views

Usage of 'hot' meaning 'good-looking' or 'attractive'

The word 'hot' in English is usually perceived as: an adjective that conveys the degree of heat possessed by an object. A French translation for 'hot' in this context would be 'chaud'. However, ...
7
votes
7answers
2k views

How grave of a mistake is it to misuse 'tu' and 'vous'?

I'm not speaking of contexts in which I should appropriately use 'tu' or 'vous', I'm actually referring to the actual shock of it all. Is it the equivalent (in english, for example) of saying "Hey ...