Welcome to Episode #13 of Profiles in Franceformation. I’m your host Allison Grant Lounes and today my guest is Annie Sargent. Annie is the creator and host of the podcast, Join Us in France. Our conversation with Annie is actually broken into two episodes, so be sure to tune into Episode #13 with Annie to hear more about her podcast including:

  • Her recommendations of places to visit within France.
  • How she created a cookbook and tested recipes with the help of her podcast listeners.
  • What types of foods she misses most from the US.
  • Her love for audio mediums like podcasts and how this inspired her to become a self-guided audio tour guide.
  • The importance of the word “bonjour” in French culture.
  • Her advice to someone wanting to move to France.

For more information about Annie’s podcast, as well as her self-guided audio tours and books, visit her website at joinusinfrance.com 

At the end of Allison and Annie’s conversation, Annie mentions several of her favorite places to visit in France. Click the following links to her podcast episodes highlighting these hidden treasure towns in France.

Quick Reference Guide:

  • CPcours préparatoire, an equivalent to the first grade in the US 
  • CE1cours elémentaire 1, an equivalent to the second grade in the US
  • CE2cours elémentaire 2, an equivalent to the third grade in the US
  • CM1cours moyen 1, an equivalent to the fourth grade in the US
  • CM2 cours moyen 2, an equivalent to the fifth grade in the US
  • Sixième6ème, an equivalent to the sixth grade in the US
  • Sécurité sociale – French social security system
  • ameli – website for l’Assurance Maladie, French health insurance system
  • CDIcontrat à durée indéterminée, a permanent working contract in France with no defined end date
  • De vive voix – relaying information in person or face to face with someone else
  • Vie privée – private life, privacy; type of visa/carte de séjour referred to as vie privée et familiale
  • Livret de famille – family record book in France
  • Carte d’identité – ID card or form of identification in France
  • France Culture, France Inter – French radio stations
  • Pétanque – popular French sport that is similar to bocce, using metallic balls; often seen being played in French parks or public gardens
  • Blanquette de veau – classic French veal stew
  • Cassoulet – classic French stew recipe containing meat and beans, named after the dish that it is cooked within
  • Pot-au-feu – French beef stew
  • Boeuf bourguignon – classic French beef stew braised in red wine
  • Crêpe – type of very thin pancake
  • Poule au pot – classic French recipe of chicken stew cooked in broth with vegetables
  • Galette – classic French recipe from Brittany, similar to a crêpe but using buckwheat flour
  • Seitan – often used as a meat substitute in vegetarian or vegan recipes, made from wheat gluten
  • Tu vs. vous – French word for “you”. Tu is used informally with close friends or family, but not with acquaintances or strangers. Vous is used formally with acquaintances, colleagues, in public settings such as restaurants, grocery stores, boulangeries etc. Vous can also be used to refer to multiple people in a group, such as “you all” or “all of you.”
  • Salut vs. bonjour vs. bonsoirsalut is an informal greeting, similar to “hi” or “hey”. Salut can also be used informally to say “bye” or “see you”. Bonjour is a more formal greeting similar to “hello,” “good morning/afternoon/day”. Bonsoir is similar to bonjour, but is used to say “good evening”
  • Boulangerie – French word for bakery where you can buy bread. 

References used include: americansection.org, marmiton.org, wordreference.com, linguee.com

If you are considering moving to France like Annie, Foolproof French Visas can help you navigate the path toward finding the right visa for you. It can be purchased here: https://www.yourfranceformation.com/books or in paperback on Amazon. 

If you would like to pursue your own Franceformation, you can also request a free 30-minute clarity call with Allison to review your visa options and decide how to move toward creating your ideal life in France: https://www.yourfranceformation.com/free-call 

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