What gave me the most insight into French culture was by interacting with people

 
Jessica, exchange France Canada
Jessica

The most obvious benefit about going on the exchange was of course the language development (...) it's not just a formal level as well one thing that I realized that my courses never covered here in Canada is how to speak normally to young people with slang and in informal fashion.  I think a real test of know your language is wether your sens of humour is able to transfer over.  So, for me, be able to finally transfer a joke (...) when I was thinking in English over the French was a big step.