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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Living with the French can be very difficult if you’re not prepared or open to learning about their history, language, and culture.

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It’s full of insightful anecdotes from both French and non-French. Americans, Germans, Scandinavians, Swiss, Canadians, Dutch and Britons are strict monochronics; the rest of the billions of the world’s inhabitants are polychronics in varying degrees.

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I ended up skimming the end of the book which gives advice to business folks working in France. Buy the selected items together This item: Also, she twice tied her dog outside of a shop and forgot about him.

Just not in France I guess.

What does it take to do business effectively? M ost important in Frebch is how a person lives: A must if you visit France for work or holiday. The author appears to have a thorough understanding of the differences in culture, behavior, and attitudes of the French and Americans. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.


Some of the anecdotes about miscommunication were amusing, but I don’t think this book painted a very nice picture of France or the French. They look pretty much alike, they’re both republics flying the flags of freedom, the rule of law and the rights of man, and both have planetary missions with what they consider to be obvious universally accepted goals: Gallantry at the office The attention given by men to women at the office can surprise an Anglo-Saxon.

Add “Monsieur” or “Madame” after “bonjour,” “au revoir,” etc.

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

A nd so it is with the French and the Americans. Jul 28, Brenda Cregor rated it liked it. I laughed at the first chapter, “Do not smile! Dec 24, Manik Sukoco rated it it olatt ok. I found this book really informative about how the French think. I liked specially the first half of the book, but I dragged during the second half. It is a few years old but there are some great basics here that any visitor to France would do well to know.

It’s funny how you just assume that other people think like you do, despite language and cultural difference. Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1.

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Refresh and try again. This book has long been the reference for what 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.


If you follow Ms Platt’s advice and heed local social norms like pointing with your entire hand, not one finger you not only can “fit in” but her plat suggestions can prevent you from appearing rude– and to avoid being rude is never fe bad thing, no matter where in the world b find yourself! Sep 08, John Otto rated it really liked it. I found it difficult to identify with this aged, upper-class her husband was a high-ranking UNESCO official and she lived across the street from the Prime Minster’s official home in Paris- need I say more white woman.

Interviews with many American and French executives explain the differences. Get fast, free shipping with Amazon Prime. A merican cultural anthropologist Edward T.

Hall calls this the opposition of monochronics punctual, one-thing-at-a-time people to polychronic “lateness-is-not-a-crime” people, for whom time is more like a dot that expands and contracts than a ribbon. Ships from and sold by Amazon. Platt reveals about French culture seems to be outdated and of little relevance to the middle and lower-class French people that a visitor will no doubt actually be paltt into contact with.