La Prime d’Activité – The Work Bonus!

La Prime d’Activité – The Work Bonus!

So what on earth is it? La prime d’activité is a financial aid aimed at encouraging people to work and supporting the purchasing power of workers with modest incomes. It is calculated on the basis of a quarterly declaration. The payment of the premium takes into... read more
Sworn Translations – Are They Necessary?

Sworn Translations – Are They Necessary?

If you live in France you have most probably heard of sworn translations (“traductions assermentées” in French). If you have somehow managed to escape this annoying requirement and don’t know what it is, here’s a short intro: What is a sworn translation? A... read more
Getting French Nationality: The Beginners Guide!

Getting French Nationality: The Beginners Guide!

Like so many other Brits abroad, this was my reaction when I woke up to the results of the Brexit vote. To say I was in shock is an understatement and although I had a horrible feeling that the UK would vote to leave, I was still hoping that it wouldn’t come to... read more
Becoming Bilingual – a How to Guide!

Becoming Bilingual – a How to Guide!

One of the most common questions people ask me as an expatriate is: “How did you become bilingual?” The funny thing is, it’s often difficult to explain how I got to where I am now. I know I worked hard and I practiced as much as possible but one day... read more