Paris: Most affordable City for Youth

From this article, Paris was named the most affordable city for youths.

Several reasons for that:

– High minimum wage at $12.84 per hour, compared to London at $8.63 per hour
– 3rd in affordability to go to cinema
– 6th in rental charge
– 4th in transportation charge
– 2nd in Burger and conert price behind Berlin
– 3rd in flight prices

However Paris is 22nd out of 25 in the level of tax.

So if you’re looking to improve your language, why not go live in Paris.


Lire en Francais

I have found out from my students that as an adult learning French, finding books to read that are not too childish are hard to obtain.

So it was with great pleasure when I saw the books from CLE International. They have a wide range of books for all levels, from beginner to more advanced. I have found the beginner’s book at a very good level, with simple words and a good story. When a word or a phrase is assumed not to be known by the editor, there is are some description at the bottom of each page.¬†At a more advanced level, they have a shortened version of French classics such as Madame Bovary (picture above) or Les Miserables.

There are also exercises after each chapter to make sure that you’ve understood what you’ve read. It’s a great way to improve your French !

Art de vivre

I’ve come across this good article on the BBC about the French art de vivre and its decline in France. Worth a read. I particularly like this quote, which I find somehow a bit true:

“The old French art de vivre is still there. It’s an ideal. It’s a bit like the ideal of an English gentleman. You don’t often find an English gentleman, but the ideal is there and it informs society as a whole,” he says.

“It is the same with our art de vivre. Of course times have changed, but it still survives. It is that feeling you get in France that in human relations we need to do more than just conduct business. We have a duty to entertain, to converse. And in France – thanks to our education system – we still have that ability to converse in a general, universalist way that has been lost elsewhere.

“That is the art de vivre. It is about taking your time. And wine is part of it, because with wine you have to take your time.

“After all, that is one of the great things about wine. You can’t swig it.”