1. bhhastin

    bhhastin Member

    Two friends meet up on the street and do the cheek kissing thing. Would I say: "Ils se font la bise." ?
  2. Fredddd Senior Member

    should work. I wonder if it would work for two males though. Don't really know why. In any other case, I'm pretty sure it's OK. Wait for another answer though.
  3. Seeda Senior Member

    法语 / French (FR)
    Ils se font la bise is correct if it's a male and a female, or two males. Not every Frenchman cheek-kisses other men, though.
  4. Micia93

    Micia93 Senior Member

    in the center of France
    apart from some young men fond of reggae (among other things) ;)
  5. Island Thyme Senior Member

    Washington, USA
    American English
    Does ils s'embrassent work better for men? That might or might not include kissing.
  6. Fredddd Senior Member

    well, though technically it doesn't include kissing since it's supposed to describe the mouvement of the arms - "ils s'enlacent" -, in French, I'm afraid it does imply kissing nowadays. And yes two men could kiss but you'd better add"on the cheek" so that there's no ambiguity "ils s'embrassent sur la joue".which bring us back to 'ils se font la bise". maybe "se faire la bise" has a childish connotation or a sort of familiarity, something that would prevent us from using if for male adults. but it's just a feeling. what do you think ?
  7. franc 91 Senior Member

    English - GB
    It's becoming more and more common for young men to do it (without any homosexual connotations) my grown-up children (all boys) often do it when meeting close friends and older friends of the family.
  8. Island Thyme Senior Member

    Washington, USA
    American English
    But Freddd, often people say "je vous embrasse" and proceed to kiss my cheeks. So to me it seems more neutral.
  9. kelyos New Member

    Nord France
    if a day, a men told you this ('faire la bise entre mâles')... THAT IT IS SURELY A GAYMEN!!!!
  10. doinel

    doinel Senior Member

    Southern France
    France French
    Se faire la bise en France est très courant et dépend des régions. Parfois deux ou trois ou quatre bises sont de mise et pour les hommes quel que soit l'âge, cela ne signifie pas qu'ils sont homosexuels bien au contraire...

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