Wednesday, June 18, 2008

French Kissing in Action

Bisou. Les bises. Bisous. Bisooks!

Who, when, where, how, how many?

This charming animated video is a cultural primer -- apparently intended for German students -- that demystifies some of the codes for French cheek-kissing. It never does address the issue of which side you start la bise with. An easy way to remember: it's like shaking hands. You offer your right cheek first.

And the doggie scene adds a little levity.

At the end, the narrator recommends that someone make a map of how many kisses to give in France. Someone did!

H/T to Jay for the bloggable info.


Isabelle said...

Cette video est absolument géniale, merci Polly !

Caro said...

Polly do you have the link for the youtube video? I work for the Boston University study abroad program here in France and we would love to have it to show to the students. Also...I'm sure your book will get published soon! You're so talented and I know a dozen people who would read it. Keep up the great work!

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Hi -- here's the link. I've just learned about embedding videos; I would have thought that the link came along with the video.

It is fun, isn't it?

And thanks for your kind words!

Alison said...

A La Rochelle les jeunes se font une seule bise. I always thought that was nice and efficient after my first encounter with bises (four!) in the suburbs of Paris.

And pardon me for not realizing that you have actually written a book. My head has been elsewhere lately.

christine said...

In Normandie it's four bises and I have the pleasure of having a huge Norman family!

It's a cute video. I love the little character people.

Polly-Vous Francais said...

Please check out all this information and more at Francophilia--

Thank you, Pam!

A (Parisian) Seattleite back in Seattle said...

This is great. It would have been nice to have similar instruction when I first moved to France.

Katie said...

What a cute video! The bises are so intimidating when you first arrive in France!

Pamela said...

Et en Suisse - oui c'est pas la France, mais bon peut-etre ca convient de le savoir quand-meme - c'est 3 bises. Pas seulement en Romandie (francophone, proche a la France) mais n'importe ou. Bien-sure meme, ou bien surtout, en Suisse alemanique!

- said...

très drôle

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Unknown said...

I love this video, this is an issue even for French people.
The video is an extract of the show "Karambolage" on the French German TV channel ARTE. The whole show is about comparing these countries' traditions, its really good.

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