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Culture File - France, Lesson 15 - Spend a Peaceful Sunday Afternoon with Us in France!
Hello, and welcome to the Culture File: France series at FrenchPod101.com. In this series, we’re exploring essential cultural information about France, French culture, and French people. In this lesson, we’re going to learn about a typical Sunday in France. I’m Becky, and you're listening to Season 1, Lesson 15 - Spend a Peaceful Sunday Afternoon with Us in France!
On weekend mornings, many French people like to sleep in, or in French faire la grasse matinée. Family members wake up slowly, one after the other. In days past, people used to rise early to attend mass, but this isn’t practiced as much anymore. Many people prefer taking breakfast, or petit déjeuner, with their family. Often, one person will volunteer to go out and buy puff pastries—most often croissants or small chocolate sweet breads. Some families also like to eat freshly molded baguettes grilled in the toaster topped with butter, which in French is beurre, marmalade, which is confiture, or honey, which is miel.
After breakfast, all the members of the family will usually start taking up their own activities for the day. Some will go out to buy groceries at the market, others to the bakery to buy more pastries or bread. Then, at around noon or one o'clock, people will usually all come back together to eat lunch. Sometimes they eat a true traditional French meal, consisting of three courses and complete with cheese and dessert. Some families eat together in the dining room on Sundays, while all the other meals are often taken in the kitchen during the week.
During such meals, people tend to talk about everything that happened during their week, or in French semaine, about the next vacation they will take, family projects, and so on. In France, lunch can last easily an hour or two on Sundays.
In the afternoon, when they don’t have any plans, people like to relax at home, mostly reading, watching television, using their computer or other devices, while children will finish up their homework, which in French is called devoirs.
In the evening, people will either eat a proper meal together, or everyone will pick and peck at what’s left in the refrigerator. After a nice relaxing day that has gone by far too quickly, people usually go to bed early to be ready to start a new stressful week at work, or at school.
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How do people spend Sundays in your country?
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