Moving to France is a dream which many of us have. For the majority, it will remain nothing more than a dream, but every year thousands of British people pack up and move across the channel to start a new life. If you are moving to France, are you one of those people who doesn’t bother to learn the language, hoping that you will be able to get by with a mixture of barely remembered phrases from school and hand signals? Or do you think you will meet enough English speaking locals, which means that you will be okay? If so, perhaps you should have a rethink before moving to France.
The reality is, you will find very few people who speak English, particularly in the rural areas. Even if you live in Paris, you will find few French people who are willing to converse in English, even if they are capable! The French are fiercely proud of their language, and just as we do here, they expect foreigners to be able to speak French.
This is one aspect which many who are moving to France from Britain overlook. It’s easy to see why. You can get so carried away with the idea of moving to France that you overlook – or even ignore – the language barrier. You will find it so much easier if you are moving to France to learn just a few basic sentences, so if this sounds like you, book some lessons with a French speaking tutor and you’ll be set for your new life.