It threw you the first hundred times, but you don’t even bat an eyelid now.
Franglais, when spoken with bilingual friends, can be a magical, highly flexible experience…but then you try telling someone back home that you “explosed” your toe on the door stop and you realize the definition of bilingualism should be “the ability to speak two languages imperfectly”.
Who am I to say what is and isn’t sexy? But seriously, spend enough time in France and all the mystique wears off. All of it.
And even if it makes no sense that you have to hit shift to access a full stop — literally one of the most used punctuation marks ever — you would never go back.
And the crazy thing is, you’re not even sure if you can hear which one is right anymore.
Yes, Iggy Azalea, I’m looking at you.
There are places on Earth where a loaf of bread is just a rectangular block of spongy stodge chopped into mechanically-precise slices. There are places on Earth where cheese really does taste and feel like plastic and where eggs come pre-cracked in bottles.
You know you’ve been in France too long when you aren’t wowed by the quail eggs and goat’s milk cheese in fern leaves and whole legs of jambon de bayonne at your local market anymore.
At first, you found it repressive when people corrected you on your pronunciation of pain, but somehow all the peer pressure wore off and now the French version pops out all on its own.
In the 1800s, the construction of an extensive railway network opened up France like never before. Not only was it good for business, but it was also part of the Third Republic’s master plan to unite a massive country divided by regionalism. The more remote the place, the more it was in need of a railway line to connect it to La Nation.
While some of those old lines have been turned into bike tracks called pistes vertes that crisscross the whole country, a lot are still running and you’ve come to expect a train line to even the most obscure of villages.
The way the French pronounce Wifi used to make you laugh, but now, to your mind, there is no other way.