More than 100,000 people are granted French nationality every year. This represents around 2.5% of foreigners living in the country and is well above the number in Germany (1,5 %) and Italy (2 %), but way under the UK (4,2 %) and Spain (5,2 %).
Since the Brexit referendum in 2016 many Brits living in France have applied for French nationality.
Before 2015, 386 British residents in France applied for French nationality. The year after the number rose to 1,363 and in 2018 it was 3173.
Why would they do this ? What are the benefits compared to permanent resident status ?
Well, having voting rights is a very important difference, as is the freedom to travel freely in the European Union. Other people have also mentioned being able to avoid long queues at airports and a greater sense of stability.
But it’s a long road to achieving nationality:
Firstly, getting a slot for the interview is difficult as the interviews are limited. Then you have to wait at least a year for the actual interview. In the meantime you have to gather together many financial and personal documents getting copies and translations.
During the actual interview the documents will be scruperously checked, you’ll be asked questions about your motivation and some questions about France…. some easy, some not so easy.
So how much do you know about France ? Enough to pass the citizenship test ? Try this quiz to find out !
Could you pass the test to gain French nationality?
These 40 questions cover just some of the possible questions in the Gaining
French Nationality booklet.
This quiz starts with the most frequently asked questions which most people
could answer, and then it gets progressively more difficult with questions
which people who have read the citizenship booklet should be able to answer,
and then it finishes up with some really tricky questions that will
really stump you ..... Bonne chance !!
Life in Lockdown Personality Quiz: part 3 in our Covid-19 series
Try this light hearted quiz to see what personality you are ….. or what you have become in lockdown !
So, here we are over a month into lockdown, isolation, quarantine. Whatever you call it we are having to adjust to a daily life away from people with our normal routines being turned upside down.
So just how are you adjusting?
Are you enjoying it ? Are you going full steam ahead into new hobbies ? Are you against the lockdown ? Have you got into sport as a way of escaping the confines of your home? Are you a social media junkie ? Are you savoring the peace and quiet of it all ?
All this will be revealed to you in this totally unscientific quiz.
Have some fun and stay safe !
Life in Lockdown Quiz: What type of “confinee” are you ?
Which one of these 6 personality types are you..... or have you become due
to the confines of lockdown?
This lighthearted, 100% non-scientific quiz may help you answer that
And so the year draws to an end…. and so does the decade !
We are constantly bombarded with news and social media events but how much can you actually remember?
This quiz takes a different angle on the traditional end of year quizzes……. we’re sure you know the answer to the straight forward questions but this Thinking Person’s Quiz goes beyond the surface and calls on your wider general knowledge skills, using mathematics, logic, history and of course English vocabulary !
This quiz covers geography, mathematics, English language, history, science, astronomy, chemistry ….. in short, its the total Thinking Person’s Quiz and a great way to improve your general vocabulary.
If you are a teacher, or if you are doing this quiz with a friend, take your time to discus the events, give your opinion and reminisce about the events.
We wish all our learners a happy, positive and successful 2020.
Are you superstitious ? Do you avoid walking under ladders ? Do you often cross your fingers ? Do you have any special rituals which bring you good luck ? Or do you think it’s just plain silly to let yourself be ruled by such irrational behavior?
Many people think that Friday the 13th is unlucky and indeed this fear even has a name: Triskaidekaphobia.
People who suffer from this phobia radically adapt their behavior, they don’t fly, don’t drive, don’t make any important decisions on that day.
But many other people believe that Friday the 13th is lucky. They buy lottery tickets, cross their fingers and believe in their good fortune.
There is no real scientific data to say one way or the other…. it just depends on how you look at life.
In this quiz we look at many other superstitions from all other the world. You may find them incredible, silly, irrational, contradictory or true ….. but whichever opinion you have, you’ll certainly learn some great vocabulary and that can only be a good thing !!
Friday the 13th Superstition Quiz
This quiz is full of great everyday vocabulary. We can't promise that you'll
be lucky enough to come into money, but if you are superstitious, or not, you
will certainly learn a lot and increase your vocabulary bank !
Cross your fingers and click on the start button.....Good Luck !!
Here at English-podcasts.com we like sport and especially rugby….. but what exactly are we talking about ??? Are you confused ? Do you need help ? Would like to know more ? Don’t worry, this quiz will help to put you in the picture.
Learning about sport is an important way to expand vocabulary and improve your English.
In this wholly unscientific “tongue in cheek” quiz you will see a lot of new vocabulary, learn a little about rugby, think a lot about yourself and have some fun at the same time.
To mark the Rugby World Cup in Japan 2019 we have chosen 6 positions in a rugby team which need different physical and mental qualities. For each question you can pick a response and at the end you will see which position would best suityour personality……
Before you start take a look these key words:
This is a SCRUM. The term Scrum Master is also used in Agile Management.
This player is scoring a TRY, in other words he is placing the ball over his team’s scoring line. For a successful try the team is awarded 5 points. The team then has the opportunity to add 2 points by “converting” the try which means kicking the ball over bar and the between the posts, like this;
There are 15 positions in a rugby team, each player has a specific role and their names describe what these roles entail. The names may look confusing but try to figure out what they mean. For this quiz we have chosen: the wing, the fly half, the scrum half, the flanker, the loosehead, and the hooker.
Which position in rugby best suits your personality ?
Are you Fast or Furious ? Do you possess strength, endurance or speed
? Take the quiz to match your personality to the best rugby position for you
For real rugby fans, try* (*no pun intended) these other tough rugby knowledge quizzes……
England v Australia rugby quiz
The postponement of the England and France game could be a blow to the former's
chances as they head into the quarter-finals potentially undercooked. England
have not really been challenged so far in this World cup, with the greatest
respect to the teams that they have already played.
That said, the Australians looked poor for most of the pool stage and with six
losses in a row against England, they face an uphill task to
England will certainly fancy their chances in this one but must get off to a
strong start which will knock the confidence of the Aussies and allow them to
All will be seen in the quarter final match on Saturday 19 October.
For now, let's see how much you know about this N°1 of sporting rivalry