Tools and resources for living in France
I thought it would be helpful to create a resource page that you can always come to for all of your live in France needs.
For now I’m starting off with these sections below. I’ll add to it as I find new resources so I recommend bookmarking this page for your reference and convenience.
Not speaking at least basic French while in France is like someone living in the US and not speaking English. It’s possible but will make your experience less than fulfilling, so do yourself a favour and learn a little French. Here are a few online programs which I think would be perfect for the busy person who wants to learn at their own pace anytime of the day.
Frenchpod 101 is another great site which has multiple ways to learn French. I found the apps very useful for on-the-go learning.
Rocket French in my opinion is one of the most well thought out, comprehensive products out there. Try it out for free and see for yourself.
Shipping For Global Shoppers
Sometimes the items you want to buy either don’t exist in France or they are expensive to ship from the US. The solution is to ship to a US address and then ship from that US address to France. You can hire a service to do all this for you at fairly reasonable rates.
Amazon Premium is basically the French version of Amazon Prime. You get a lot of the same benefits and you can find a lot of things that you might not be able to find locally near you.
Finding A Place To Stay
Here are the sites I use to find places to stay when we travel throughought the world.
AirBnB is my most favourite service and site to use. Airbnb is a marketplace for people to find local hosts who rent out their entire home or just a room to travellers. We use it because it is very cost effective for us to rent a whole house out for our family vs getting 2 hotel rooms. Often the homes are located in awesome areas. Check it out yourself.
No Fax? No Problem
Sometimes companies will only accept faxes of documents vs scanned docs sent by email. Here are some services online that let you fax any document you have in digital format as a fax.
Hello Fax: Send and recieve faxes from anywhere. First 5 faxed pages you send or recieve are free. After that you pay per page from .05 cents all the way up to .20 cents per page depending on what plan you get on.
Reading English Books
English books are hard(ish) to find in France. If you do find an English bookstore, chances are they won’t have a very expansive selection of books. A solution is to turn to the internet and get a digital form of any book you can think of.
Audible books are my new love. Audible books have a slight advantage over ebooks because you can do two things at once with audible books. I can workout while listening to them. Play them in my car or listen to them in bed without bothering my husband with a night light. You can try for free for 30 days. Audible Free Trial [Digital Membership]
UTILITIES In France
Electricité de France (EDF)
EDF is the company to contact about setting up your gas and electric in your home in France.
Need help in English? EDF also has a helpful English speaking service should you have questions about your electricity bill, service, problems or to simply change your service. Be prepared, they get pretty busy and you could get a recorded message stating “lines are busy call back”
Outside France phone: +33 5 62 16 49 08
In France phone: 05 62 16 49 08
Watch US shows in France with a VPN
You can’t watch Hulu in France. You can’t watch the US version of Netflix in France either. These sites georestrict your access and ability to watch these shows by sniffing out your computers IP address. To get around this you can use online services to fake out these sites into thinking you are in the US by using a VPN (Virtual Private Network).
Private Internet Access is VPN service I use and costs less than 40 USD per year.
WEBSITE AND MARKETING STUFF
If you are interested in starting your own website like mine, here are some of the tools I use and recommend.
SEM Rush is an advanced keyword and competitor research tool I use daily for my website. I highly recommend this tool if you are looking to get serious with your website. Sign up and try it for free and then pay 69 USD per month.
Disclosure: Please note that some of the links I recommend in each section are affiliate links. It doesn’t cost you anything to use them and I will earn a commission if you decide to make a purchase. This is how I am able to offer a lot of free content with the support of you my readers. Please understand that I only recommend products and services that I have 100% faith in because of extensive research or first hand experience. In other words, I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. And remember, only buy products if you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.