You might find it strange when you realise that such a common word is a contentious issue in France. But it truly is.
Mademoiselle is considered by some as sexist because it separates married women from single ones when the same distinction isn't applied to men. This has led to the word being banned from French administrative forms with feminist groups saying they want it phased out altogether. There shouldn't be a problem using it if you're talking to a young woman but use with caution in other instances. You'd be forgiven for thinking "oui" isn't one of the words you'll struggle with when you're in France.
But once here, you'll be confronted with all kinds of variations from the clipped "oui" you're familiar with to a more casual sounding "ouaaaaaaaaii" pronounced almost like waaaayyyy which can vary in length. Naturally this can lead to some confusion for the foreigners in town. It might sound like "whhhoui" or "wheeee" we have no idea how to spell it. Avoid trying to do it as you might swallow your chewing gum. But you can see how it's done in the video below. It would have been great at school if they'd taught us some of the fantastic expressions the French use, because there are lots and they use them frequently.
They have expressions for sex , obviously and they have expressions for insulting people , obviously: French expressions for having sex they won't teach you at school. What you'll hear far more often is what sounds like "Or lorr lorr" as someone reacts to something they don't like or if they are shocked. It can also be used positively in which case it is more like "oh la la". For a more detailed explanation of the Oh la la conundrum click below.
Once you settle in and make some French friends and inevitably starting texting each other as people do these days then you'll need to learn a whole new subset of terms. But there are many more.
Comme d'habitude, D'accord and restaurant are more than shortened to comme d'hab, D'ac and resto. If you want to blend in then best learn them. French slang shortcuts you'll need to blend in. Sign up for our free Today in France newsletter. Get notified about breaking news on The Local.
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Business Development Manager - Germany. Business Development Manager - France. Saying Namaste gives me a sense of completion, allows me a moment of reflection without movement and bridges the transition to the day ahead of me. I like being able to acknowledge the teacher at the end of the class.
I admit that sometimes I say Namaste instead of Whew! Most of the time, however, after a particularly good class I say it and feel the essence of Yoga: Nama means bow; as means I; and, te means you. Thus, I bow to you. The gesture is one of greeting in India. Most often we hold our hands together in the prayer position at our heart chakra.
Often our hands move from our third eye to our heart in acknowledgment of our teacher. And usually Namaste is said at the end of a class, but it is equally appropriate to utter it at the beginning as well. This answer from a friend led me to ask other yogis what they think about when they say Namaste. Most agreed that the word expressed the gratitude they felt to their teacher, gave the class closure, was sometimes just an expression of relief, but also was a conduit to something greater.
One of the teachers I asked said that Namaste represented the teacher and student coming together energetically, making a connection.
It is a way to honor ourselves and the world we live in. This reflective moment reminds me that yoga transcends language and culture, that connecting mind and body helps us look more deeply into ourselves and at our world.