Lebanese Frenchies have their own culture. It’s more of a subculture actually, with many unique characteristics that make its people recognizable within miles away. So whether you’re a Lebanese Frenchie or not, you’ll enjoy this article from your own point of view!
Here’s a bunch of tips to recognize Lebanese Frenchies:
1- They live in Achghafiyeh or Ghabieh
2- Faghaya and Faqgha are their headquarters in summer
3- They have their own vocabulary
« Bro tu vas au BO?”
« Man de quoi tu parles »
4- They punctuate their sentences with Lebanese words
Yaané… éno… hayété…chédd 7alak/chéddé 7alik… bchil/ma bchil
5- Whenever you ask them about their outfits: “c’est pas du Liban”
They are international people of course.
6- Their casual outfit consists of Hollister or Abercrombie & Fitch sweatpants
UGGs are out though (so 2015!)
7- They know the lyrics to all the French songs
From Joe Dassin’s “Oooh Champs Elysées” to Kyo’s “Dernière danse” and Céline Dion’s « Pour que tu m’aimes encore ». You name it. They’ll sing it.
8- Occasional French Night is a thing
They go to French Night every once in a while just for the heck of it (Did anyone else spend his Wednesdays in Métisse a few years back or is it just me??)
9- Annual trip to Paris is also a thing
They go to Paris at least once a year. It’s like a pilgrimage of theirs.
10- Listening to them talk feels like watching TF1 if you’re not a Frenchie yourself
Concentration level: maximal
11- They have very strong opinions about French politics
Even if they’re not actually French.
12- They say “Klété” instead of “tlété” for number three
Not all of them though…
13- They move in packs
Wherever they are, they tend to stick to each other. If you’re an AUB alumni, you know “AUB Frenchies” is a thing.
14- Yet, they get offended if you refer to them as “Frenchie”
Moi ? Jamais !
Like really offended