The interesting thing about spending some time with French family in the United States lies upon discussing their vision about the country and the American Way of Life. Actually, my uncle works for a French company and his wife is taking an MBA in Georges W University, in Washington. Also, two of their three children are going to American’s school. They have decided to embrace American culture. From the very first day, they had their feet on the ground.
They liked the way that American people pay attention and are thoughtful as well as their ‘day after day dynamism’. They also enjoy the same kind of ‘ size the day’ philosophy. Worth nothing is the main differences between the French and the US education. In the US, education goes along ‘good job’, state of mind whereas the French system is more geared to ‘ it is not good enough’ or ‘you can do better’. And this has an important consequence on the self esteem. Also, France is a country with long history. French people is used to think on a long term basis whereas US people are more dirty to have shorthorn solutions. But, that being said American people don’t enjoy that much spending time with family and friends without timing constraint. They are very pragmatic.
My two little cousins go to American school and know the ability to switch from one culture to the other. They try to get the best of each. I am sure that it will be a strength to cross culture and understanding both culture is a strength interns of awareness and mutual mind openness.
Here is a picture of my little cousin Lisa, 9 years old. She wears a beret and holding a bread baguette in her hands. A very cute and interesting contrast to the typical French girl who lives in the United States.