A day in French – 35 – Kiss
The origins of la bise
Welcome to the thirty-fifth episode of this series that will transport you to the daily life of a French woman. We will cover specific vocabulary to increase your fluency while practicing particular grammar points.
Bonjour à tous, j’espère que vous allez bien ! Thank you for joining me today for a new episode.
One of my colleagues shared a very interesting interview about a peculiar cultural aspect we have. You all know about it. I’m talking about la bise of course!
How many foreigners have been completely puzzled by this tradition? I mean, how many kisses should one do? should you start from the right cheek or the left cheek? Should I kiss this man too?
Today, we’re not going to talk about the bulletproof way to faire la bise like a native, because frankly, there is none.
Speaking about this negative aspect, this will be our grammar focus today. As a consequence if you’re A+ or B1, this episode is for you.
As usual, you can download the transcription, the grammar focus and the vocabulary below.
This is the video that inspired today’s topic. The historian is talking about the roots of la bise, if you’d like to see it. I added more elements in the episode that aren’t mentioned as well as element that I omitted.
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Music: Wonder Happens by Podington Bear – Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 International License