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French Culture and Travel

Learning more about the culture and the places you can use your new language skills is all part of your learning adventure. If you’re looking for some extra cultural tips or you have an experience to share, welcome! You can browse the topics, do a search in the top right corner of this page, or start a new topic at the bottom. Don’t be shy!

French attitudes to Monty Python humour.

Just for interest, what do the French think in general about the "French knights" in Monty Python and the Holy Grail? Do they find them funny or are they offended, or is there a split in viewpoints?  Come to think of it, are they dubbed (and given an outrageous English accent) or...

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Aug 21, 2018

Why do some say the French are not polite?

S'imagine vous prominade dans les DES chaussures de les Francaise. un million ou' beaucoup de tourists de'cente sur leur favourite les gens de l'endroit. Aussi, poser use question continueliement, parley vous Anglais? Non easy! Once some locals at a little town in the South Island of New Zealand...

10 replies - Last post by Bob-D -
Nov 13, 2017

What is SNCF?

In Lesson 10, Survival Kit, Trains, is the phrase La SNCF / La Société nationale des cheminots français.  The recorded speech is La SNCF / Service nationale des cheminots français. I struggled  to make my speech match the recording and the printed text until I realized I couldn't; the...

3 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Jan 31, 2017

The New Rocket French Travelogue

I bought the new French Travelogue and it looks very interesting; I'm going to like it.  There's just one problem.  It can be Read in: French and English, French, or English.  Unfortunately, only the French and English option works.  I've tried it with both Explorer and Chrome with the same...

2 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 -
Oct 25, 2016

Picking modules before trip to Paris?

Hi, I'm going to Paris for work for 3 days in a couple of weeks. I started Module 1 on the 6th Feb and I've just finished Module 2 (all audio lessons and Language & Culture).  I think I could be nearly finished Module 6 by the time I go to Paris if I keep going at this rate. I'm just wondering...

7 replies - Last post by hcooksey -
Mar 2, 2016

Differences in Belgium

I am moving to Belgium soon, and have been doing Rocket French to help prepare my language skills. I was wondering if anyone can tell me what, if any, differences there might be between what I am learning here about France and French culture and what I will encounter in Belgium. Cultural or...

2 replies - Last post by alansolson2 -
Feb 20, 2016

French Radio

I found a station on Pandora called 60's French Pop Radio. Been using it while commuting. A fun addition to any learning program. Those pop songs often have a lot of repetition in the lyrics.

7 replies - Last post by Nicholas-R18 -
Feb 16, 2016

Is Jeanne a unisex name in France? 6.5 "How Are You?"

Module 6.5 How Are You? - The Formal Context: Bonjour Madame. Permettez-moi de me présenter, je m'appelle JEANNE. (This can be spoken by a male or female if it were a unisex name, so far so good) Then the person spoken to replied:  Bonjour Monsieur. Je m'appelle JEANNE Rivière. Je vous ai...

3 replies - Last post by M-L -
Jan 31, 2016


How do you say giraffe?

1 reply - Last post by M-L -
Jan 29, 2016

7.8 Food and Wine: Les moules marinières

Les moules marinières -. translation was Mussels in white wine Are mussels always cooked in wine in France, hence it is understood and therefore left out "in white wine".

2 replies - Last post by M-L -
Jan 24, 2016

RF 3.4 Vocabulaire - quelle est la difference?

Dans chapitre 3.4 il y a des phrases pour acheter les billets.  Quelle est la difference entre 'un billet plein tarif' et 'un billet simple?

1 reply - Last post by torusan -
Dec 31, 2015

Having trouble with gender

Why do you say 'Je te presente mon amie, Claire?'  I am female and Claire is female, and I'm told that 'friend' has an e at the end.  So why ' mon amie'?

1 reply - Last post by torusan -
Aug 26, 2015

French cooking class

Next year I will spend a week in Paris and two weeks in Vence and would like to do a one day cooking class. Has anyone done this?

4 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Jul 31, 2015

French movies?

I am a polyglot and I try to learn as much as possible among other practices from movies- and I think it works. It has worked with English, German, Swedish and Russian. However, I am in trouble when searching French-speaking movies. Can you give a hint? Free or for price. does not...

3 replies - Last post by Jaakko-J -
Jul 19, 2015

Monsieur Haussman

Salut tout le monde, Just preserter qn a vous Francaiise history enthousiaste, Monsieur Georges-Eugene Haussman, qui changer de cheminment de Paris. Je suis sure vous soi-disant facinante! Bon au jour le jour!

0 replies - Last post by Beverley-R -
Jul 18, 2015

Angleise Langage

Bonjour, Mais s'il se, demander si les Francaise apprendie de la Anglaise language chez la College? Au revoir

1 reply - Last post by torusan -
Jul 17, 2015

Raymond Queneau - Zazie dans le métro

Bonjour à tous, J'ai du mal à comprendre ce petit poème de Raymond Queneau. Est-ce que quelqu'un peut m'aider avec une traduction anglaise, une explication, ou un lien vers une explication en français? Je n'ai pas encore lu le livre http://goo.gl/yRx6tM non...

1 reply - Last post by torusan -
May 1, 2015

Tête de Turc

Bonjour à tous, I'm enjoying lesson http://members.rocketlanguages.com/lessons/1033 and I have a question but first a little story about a new phrase I picked up today. In Paris they have "les soldes" running right now. http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soldes My friend needs to buy a new disk...

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Feb 4, 2015

Do all people kiss you on the cheek in France?

Okay, so I just learned that when you meet someone you kiss them on the cheek in France (almost like a handshake). Do you do this to a stranger though? Like let's say your a accountant in France. Your new client comes in and (in America you would do a handshake) you have never met her. Would you...

4 replies - Last post by shawn-r11 -
Jan 14, 2015

Can Read but Not Heard and Understand

I will be attending my junior year in high school in Belgium. It is highly recommended to learn the language before so i make sure to get on Rocket Languages every day or every other day. This is very helpful but what should i do if i can read the words in French and understand but when heard ,...

7 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Jan 13, 2015

John Kerry's Speech

Hello, John Kerry speaking French for this latest event in Paris. Have a listen. http://www.europe1.fr/international/john-kerry-aux-francais-les-americains-se-tiennent-a-vos-cotes-2337623 If you want to continue in French regarding the subject, here's an article where you can learn a new word:...

2 replies - Last post by jason☺ -
Jan 10, 2015

Know it recording not working

Record is not working in Know it test. Recording works elsewhere. If I click show without recording I can still rate it

1 reply - Last post by Roger-F8 -
Nov 19, 2014

What are the interesting attraction to visit in Paris?

Hi everyone, Je m'appelle Hannah. Je viens de Malaisie. Je suis Malaisienne. J'ai vingt ans. J'adore la musique. I'm going to Paris and Toulouse next year September for 2 weeks. Is there anyone who are currently staying in France or anyone who traveled to France before? I need some advices...

18 replies - Last post by Beverley-R -
Oct 17, 2014

Places to visit!

Hello everyone, I have been learning French for a couple of years already, but my speaking really sucks. I just ordered Rocket French a few days ago, and it seems to help a lot with my speaking skill. I hope to get through the program soon so that I can at least express myself when I'm in...

10 replies - Last post by Diana-S1 -
Oct 17, 2014

English in France

About how much English is spoken in France

29 replies - Last post by Lorraine-A5 -
Oct 3, 2014


Any more ideas on Day trips out of Paris?

2 replies - Last post by Lorraine-A5 -
Sep 18, 2014


Salut! Nous allons a Saint-Martin. Just wondering if anyone has any suggestions for activities, restaurants, etc. I'm brushing off my French for our trip, although I'm not sure how much I'll need. Thanks for any suggestions/ideas!

0 replies - Last post by Robin-W20 -
Aug 30, 2014

Loire Valley accommodation

Bonjour Next year I am going to France with a group of 10 women - mostly artists. We will be looking for somewhere to stay possibly in the Loire Valley region. Does anyone have any suggestions for accommodation Merci

3 replies - Last post by Lorraine-A5 -
Aug 30, 2014

Hotel charges

Bonjour all Is it standard practice for hotels in Paris to take a 30% deposit for an apartment? I am not going until September 2015 but they have charged the credit card already! The only good thing is the more I pay now the less I will have to pay later.

2 replies - Last post by Lorraine-A5 -
Aug 26, 2014


What are the best day trips out of Paris?

3 replies - Last post by torusan -
Aug 9, 2014

French videos

I'd like to watch videos to support my French learning, but I cant find anything useful any suggestions?

10 replies - Last post by Stellabelle -
May 24, 2014

Bonjour. Je suis une ghaneene qui veut apprendre le francais..Je aimerais voyager en France pour l' apprendre bien mieux. Merci.

Bonjour. Je suis une ghaneene qui veut apprendre le francais..Je aimerais voyager en France pour l' apprendre bien mieux. Merci.

7 replies - Last post by Jim--153 -
May 7, 2014


la marionette Guignol. Tres bien pour apprendre le français.! :)

1 reply - Last post by lancish -
Apr 11, 2014

French Film

Bonjour à tous! I would like to start up a page about French movies because films can be a very useful tool when learning a language. It would be nice if everybody could share their favorite films and also suggestions of films to watch. In this way, we can all learn through cinema. Je veux...

16 replies - Last post by Raymond-S18 -
Apr 9, 2014

Paris at Easter

I will be in Paris over Easter this year. Is this a busy time or do lots of people leave the capital to holiday elsewhere? What I really need to know is whether this timing will make it harder or easier to get into places like The Louvre. I will be staying in Le Marais. Are there are any places...

1 reply - Last post by lancish -
Apr 3, 2014

are there any special tickets for seniors?

Y a t'il des billets special pour les personnes àgées? that is what we would like to know. which is the best way to buy tickets for the metro and the regional trains around Paris. We are going to be there for about a week and will be staying in Beaumont sur Loire, just north west of Paris...

1 reply - Last post by lancish -
Mar 11, 2014

Music recommendations?

I learned a lot of my German from the rock band Rammstein, who sing in very clear, grammatically flawless if slightly archaic German. I'd like to use music to support my French learning, but most of what if can find is either hiphop (and while I like hiphop, it's mostly the lyrical prowess I...

13 replies - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Mar 6, 2014

Rater v Manquer

In one of the early Rocket French lessons we learned that "Vous ne pouvez pas la rater !" means "You can't miss it." In one of the early Rocket French Premium Plus lessons, it uses "Vous ne pouvez pas la manquer !" for this phrase. Are both correct? Is one preferred? Is there a difference?

2 replies - Last post by albator -
Jan 3, 2014


Salut tout le monde, Je m’appelle Samii. I was wondering if any of you are in New York City and interested in chatting/learning french together. If so, feel free to introduce yourself here and/or send me an email at [email protected]

4 replies - Last post by darealkkk -
Nov 21, 2013

Response to merci

In French culture, how do you respond to someone thanking you for something? In the US we say "you're welcome". What do they say in France?

5 replies - Last post by Ren-B1 -
Sep 24, 2013

Listening Comprehension/Certificate

Dear Rocket French administrators, I just have two questions. I have come to discover that using rocket french is lively, interesting and easy to understand but the most difficult aspect is listening and not looking at the graphics. After studying I'm able to translate from the French to...

7 replies - Last post by jason-oxenham-ceo -
Sep 9, 2013

France cultures

how is France cultures?

1 reply - Last post by Xinli-C -
Aug 21, 2013

French Newspaper

I'm sorry if this has already been asked, I searched looking for an answer but could not find it. Alas, what are the top French newspapers/news websites? Anything sort of like a french version of Der Spiegel? Thanks.

10 replies - Last post by julia-c13 -
Aug 10, 2013

Moroccan French?

I am visiting Morocco next month, I have been before but had almost no french, and got by with sign language and smiles. Since then i have studied some french, but am still only a beginner.. i am not ready to tackle arabic (one language at a time!) so i would like to use French where i can - i...

2 replies - Last post by SisterLuna-- -
Jul 25, 2013



8 replies - Last post by Deborah-S38 -
Jul 12, 2013

Popularity of English in France

How popular is English among the common masses in France ? Can a person stay in France without knowing or learning any french ? How difficult would it be ? Can one normally locate English speaking person while walking down the street or sitting in a restaurant or while shopping in a common...

1 reply - Last post by Diana-S1 -
Jul 9, 2013

Convert Names?

When giving your name, do you translate it to French? Should I say April or Avril?

3 replies - Last post by gary robert -
May 7, 2013

mettre le couvert vs. mettre la table

On 5.9, Food and Wine, part 1 where Hélène was asked to set the table. The phrase was mettre le couvert but not mettre la table. Why? Pourquoi?

3 replies - Last post by Miroslaw-S2 -
Feb 25, 2013

Recording My Voice

I have just begun using Rocket French. When I go to record my voice, and the pop-up window appears, my cursor cannot select the "allow" button. I have updated adobe flash, and it still doesn't work. Any suggestions? Merci...

3 replies - Last post by Todd-B14 -
Feb 16, 2013

french culture and travel

as i have learnt before when greeting in french u have to shake the hands of each and every one ur greeting but what if am just asking for direction am i supposed to shake the hands of who ever am inquiring from or do i have shake it if they forward it first

1 reply - Last post by Marie-Claire-Riviere -
Feb 3, 2013

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