Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Francophiles (collaborative: w/Keaton Reeder)

A Francophile is any person with a fondness of all things French

One type of Francophile are those who admire only the widely known, romantic, stereotypical aspects of the French culture. These people may have a limited knowledge of France and are only familiar with obvious geographical landmarks, art, and diet. They may not even be able to speak a word of French themselves regardless of their intentions to do so. They may not personally be interested in integrating into the French culture or do not fully comprehend all of its aspects. They may still however admire it from afar. If they do go to France they may only stay for a short period of time without fully weaving themselves into the french flag.

The other type of Francophile are those who have a more extreme love for absolutely everything French. They may visit France often and know many different places to see that only a local would know of. They may even move to France or own property there. They want to completely integrate with French culture and its people, they may even aspire to marry a French person. They are learning to speak French or already speak it fluently. They want to become part of Frances in its entirety, not just the romanticized France (you know those moody out of focus light-orb nightlife Paris photos?) that most non-Francophiles are familiar with.

Below are the list of possible prompts (created based on secondary research alone) to send out to potential Francophiles in the area. We hope they produce interesting results.
  1. You know you’re a francophile if-
  2. Name as many locations in France that you would visit-
  3. Name 10 things that come to mind when you think of France-
  4. What aspects do you find most intriguing about French society-
  5. Do you travel to France, if so how often-
  6. Do you feel the desire to integrate with French society and culture, if so then in what way-
  7. What is your favorite French cuisine-
  8. If you had a home in France what region would you live in-
  9. What are some major differences between your culture and French culture-
  10. Do you celebrate French holidays-
  11. Do you seek out other Francophiles-
  12. Do you know any French recipes-
  13. Do you actively speak French-
  14. Do you think in French-
  15. Have you been told you sound authentically French-
  16. Do you have French ancestry-
  17. Do you keep up with French news-
  18. What would you describe Frances atmosphere to be-
  19. Would you marry a French person-
  20. Do you watch French films-
  21. What do you think of when you hear red white and blue-
  22. Name ten thing you immediately associate with France-
  23. Do you have a favorite French expression or word-
  24. Are there any aspects of French culture that you find difficult to adapt to-
  25. Do you read any French books-
  26. When visiting France do you require a guide-
  27. In your opinion, are people from France welcoming to foreigners-

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