It's truly incredible. Walk the streets of Paris, and you'll see more well-dressed people on one sidewalk than in an entire American city. Even the guys are on trend.
That's what shocked me most of all when I lived in France – the men are fashionable too! They take genuine care of their appearance, and choose clothing that is both chic and flattering. Simply put, they take more chances than American men when getting dressed.
I'm used to American boys, who worry that they'll be perceived as flamboyant or girly if they seem to be too invested in their physical appearance, or if they wear clothes that are too trendy. Over here, guys stick to bed head and the classic jeans-and-a-tee combo. But the French – oh la la!
When you want to tell your French acquaintance (or friend, or lover – hehe) that you appreciate their country's flawless sense of style, say:
Les français sont si bien habillés!
The French are so well dressed!
Let's break it down!
Les français = The French
sont = are (from the verb être = to be)
si = so (as in very)
bien habillé = well-dressed
Les français: "lay fran-SAY"
sont: The t is silent, and the 'on' is nasal, pronounced like "own" – except you stop before you've completely pronounced the n.
bien habillé: Bien is pronounced like bee-yen (but condensed into one syllable). As for habillé, the h is silent, and so it sounds like this: "ah-bee-yay." The two L's, as you probably know, sound like a y. And e with an upward accent (called an "accent aigu"), é, sounds like "ay."
French learners, hope you guys enjoy this one! :D
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