Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France [Polly Platt] on If I was to buy just one book, it would be this one “French or Foe?. Polly Platt’s title French or Foe? is more timely than ever, as the Franco. American alliance frays a little more with each day, the exchanges more vitriolic than. Polly Platt was an American author specializing in books related to Americans living or working anger and disorientation culled from the seminars became the centerpiece of Platt’s bestselling book on French culture, French or Foe?.

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Get to Know Us. Want to Read saving…. When our other traveling companion and I found ourselves separated from Amy, or dear guide and translator, our first night in Paris, we used the knowledge gained from th Before we left for Paris, my friend, Amy, gave me this book to read. Feb 23, Peter Bourdelle rated it it was amazing. This book has long been the reference for polky it is about the French that rubs Americans the wrong way, why the Franco-American alliance has difficulties, and how to handle French people, and find out, she says, “how wonderful they are.

Even though this book was frequently recommended, I put off reading it because I feared it was a French version of The Undutchables which I didn’t much like.

I tend to be loud and over-friendly. This book answered some questions about Olatt culture that I didn’t even know I had. He sends his children to school all day with hours and hours devoted to that work of art, the French language. Amazon Renewed Refurbished products with a warranty. Poolly the book is designed primarily for people who will be living or working in France for extended periods, the lessons Platt teaches about manners, attitudes, and culture are invaluable for even those visitors just passing through.


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I felt a little more prepared. Please take the time if you are interested in all things French.

Polly Platt’s book is a mixture of valuable insight and eye-rolling pompousness. So I could have lived without the description of the dinner party behavior and the very long chapters about how the enterprises operate. At the same time, reading it nearly a year into living in France allowed me to assess the info through the lens of my own experience. Old World, New World: Sep 21, Vincent rated it it was ok Shelves: And added that he should never come back to the store again.

Feb 03, Marissa Pineda rated it did not like it. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. The bread fell down and rolled in the street, losing the tissue paper on the way, and ended up — guess where — in a dog mess. This site has received the.

When I visited Paris I certainly found some of her information useful, such as her recommendation to use “The Ten Magic Words” again, in the first chapterand whether many of the French we came across were smiling and accommodating for this reason, I cannot say. Platt welcomes you to France by giving a brief history of the country and explaining cultural norms that will seem odd to Americans at first.


Use the Ten Magic Words! I mean, snooping around someone’s house is rude, whether you live in the US or in France.

The book has been the best book I have seen after reading several on understanding the French people and culture. I ended up skimming the end of the book which gives advice to business folks working in France.

French or Foe?: Getting the Most Out of Visiting, Living and Working in France by Polly Platt

I asked for a bag. M ost important in France is how a person lives: There’s tons of quality information. The addition of an Index makes this third edition one that everyone will want to have in their library.

The French live a strange paradox – they’ve created a strict, conservative, regimented, hierarchical society, yet they break the rules and do what they want.

Jan 24, Aviva rated it really liked it. This is just one of many inaccuracies I found in the book. It’s full of insightful anecdotes from both French and non-French.

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