« Self Portrait Tuesdays (I'm goofy) - All of me | Main | Love Everyday »

February 12, 2006

TrackBack

TrackBack URL for this entry:
http://www.typepad.com/services/trackback/6a00d8341c79c353ef00d8347374ce53ef

Listed below are links to weblogs that reference To Bises or not to Bises?**:

Comments

Feed You can follow this conversation by subscribing to the comment feed for this post.

Amy

Social customs are so interesting. One of my friends married a woman from Holland, and we somehow all adapted to the kissing greeting. It was funny because we had never been a very "touchy" bunch before that.

Stefanie

Hilarious! I think the bises or not to bises is a personal space issue with Americans. And what about the number of bises? My Frog's family is from Nantes and they do 4, we have some friends who do 3, others 2. I can never get it right, even after 5 years. And then there are the kissy bises people--those who actually plant a wet smacker on your cheek. AGH! On ne s'en sort plus!

Adrienne

I have the same problem as Stefanie. La famille de mon chum (my bf for all you non-Quebecois speakers) likes to give 3. That's really only his immediate family, though. So when we're at bigger gatherings, I go for the 3rd and people get all confused. When I was living in the Canary Islands, 2 was the norm. If I'm with Anglo folk in Toronto, we tend to give hugs. Little bises in that context somehow seems pretentious.

cyn

love the foto and the story, girl! =D *kiss*kiss*

nancy

giving les bises is very popular in miami too because of the influence of the predominantly latino culture. i actually say "muah!" softly everytime i give les bises because of nervousness... still learning.

Tracey

AHHHHH the kiss...I remember that from my short vacay in France as well as my vacay in Bulgaria....it's a little strange but I guess no stranger than bowing in Korea. In fact, I still do it every once in a while when I enter a shop and the shop lady says "hello" right away.

Andre Veloux

Les Bises, good fun and contagious arent they? I was in a bar yesterday with some friends (about 6 all male), when 3 of their partners came in. The ensuing bisouing took about 10 minutes. And to think there wasn't a francais amongst us! We were all native english speakers!

Sammy

You speak with no accent? Lucky dog.

D

I still find it hard sometimes to do the whole kissing thing. Depending on what region of France you are in, it can start on the left, or right cheek. And let's not forget it can be 1 to 2 kisses (or more) per cheek. That just adds to the confusion!

Genevieve

I am American, but from New Orleans, and we do kisses there, to friends and strangers (just like in France -- non-business setting strangers, that is) but only one kiss. like everyone else, in France, my question is always HOW MANY? and how do I know how many?

mike

good call on that one... I have gotten used to the two-cheek bis when I am in the Hexagon, but since I go to a Spanish congregation and am constantly around Mexicans and Puerto Ricans, I have gotten used to the one-cheek beso as well... Among my american friends, we usually hug, which is something I found doesn't work in France, as they apparently consider that an invasion of their personal space... but that's ok. (And having heard your French, yeah, it's pretty much perfect. Chui jaloux.)

shirley

Bonjour,

Je m'appelle Shirley, je travaille pour un magazine de débat diffusé sur France 2. Je prépare actuellement une émission sur le thème des français et françaises.

Serais-tu intéresser de venir enrichir le débat sur notre plateau en venant nous parler des filles françaises. Leur réputation de chaudasse est -elle justifiée selon toi ? Les français sont -ils obsédés par la séxualité ?

Ou pour tout autre témoignage autour de ce thème, je suis joignable au 01.53.84.30.45.

Cordialement,
Shirley

stephanievmills

hi...
I was married to a Northern Ontario Frenchman ... huge population of french in Sudbury, ON. They do the kiss, kiss. I, myself enjoy my personal space, so it took me awhile to get used to it.
Montreal, PQ they do that too. I find alot of italians I know do it too.
(I'm Jeff Brownson's cousin from Toronto).
Stephanie

Asian Lep

I love giving kisses. So much so, they call me the "kissing bandit"

They're so much better than hugs. Less bodily contact, plus you can more easily conceal hatred and dislike.

laptitelili

Hum, en ce qui concerne le nombre de bises, le nombre correct est 2! 3 ou 4, ça fait vraiment paysan, peut importe la région. Le pb, c'est que même les français ne le savent pas généralement...
En tout cas, maintenant que je n'habite plus en France, je dois me "déshabituer" de la bise, et c'est super difficile!

Aimee

My rule of thumb is to go in for two and if they go to do the third, fourth or whatever I just follow suite. In Paris, it's two kisses!

ely

As Stefanie and others, even french people don't know how (2,3,4) bises to do.
It often depends on the where you are from, where you llive and even on social category sometimes....
I don't know myself and just say to people :"for me it's just two" and wait for the reaction.
About the the real "smack" on the cheek, I personnaly do it with people I know very well: I would say they are considered as family member. And only them.

PS: tres bon post, vraiment.

Joy

Hi Aimee, I've been going back through your archives. I wanted to tell you that your writing really touched me, especially about losing your mother.

Then I came upon this post, and I definitely need to drop you a line! I did a google image search when I wrote about "la bise" on my own blog, looking for a photo to demonstrate. When I finally found one, I nicked it... now I see that it came from *your* blog!

oops.

The comments to this entry are closed.