And what about Tiffany’s lipstick?

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I am Cyril Malka, Britt’s husband, and she actually asked me to write a post on her blog (I always admired my wife’s courage!). My own blog – – is about psychology.

I wanted to make a funny video, but it ended up beeing serious… Well, kind of.

What do Tiffany’s (flashy) lipstick, my wife’s accent and my T-shirts have in common? Explanation in this video.

If there is over 20 likes of any kind at the bottom of this, I might risk another one.



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22 thoughts on “And what about Tiffany’s lipstick?”

  1. This was a very fine vlog. Cyril sells likes – he got mine. I also liked the text in the video.
    The video was not in 16:9 format, but either 4:3 or a quadrant like those of Tiffany’s. In fact I prefer the quadrant to this purpose – to avoid too much “side-noise”. Could you tell me a little about the format.
    Greetings from a grey day in Denmark.

    1. Hello JΓΈrgen,

      Thank your for your comment and compliments πŸ™‚

      Well, actually, I used a HD-camera to record it (because of the quality) and it was recorded in 16:9. But when I treated the videoproject, I cut the sides to get a 4:3.

      Like you, I think 16:9 is often too noisy and I don’t use it unless I have a keynote presentation or something else to show on the side. In this case, I record in front of a totally white background and use it as an extra screen.

      But when it isn’t necessary, like in this case, 4:3 works fine for me πŸ™‚



  2. Cyril,

    Welcome to the video challenge! I love the t-shirt, even if it is brown. πŸ™‚

    You got my LIKE (and even if you don’t get 20, you should give us the pleasure of listening to you in another video!)

    I like Tiffany’s lipstick, but it’s her SMILE and Honey Badger attitude that makes me return to her site. Although, I do agree.

    Everyone must be “authentic” and stop trying to copy everyone else.

    Thanks for a great video!

    1. Hello Bonnie,

      Thank you very much for the compliment πŸ™‚ And yes, this time, I kept a simple t-shirt without drawings, picture or anything. I didn’t want to scare everyone off my wife’s blog πŸ™‚

      It was a very strange experience for me to speak of something very different from what I am usually doing (and I believe it is my first video ever in “kind-of-english”), so your feedback was very welcome and motivating πŸ™‚

      Thank you again



    1. Hello Desmond,

      Thank you very much πŸ™‚

      To edit my videos, I use iMovie or Final Cut Pro. This one was made with iMovie Because I thought it was a one-timer (I didn’t expect so many likes so quickly :)).

  3. I was looking forward to this, but all I see is a black rectangle and no video πŸ™ I just upgraded my Flash Player and I can see Britt’s video from yesterday but not this one.

        1. Thanks, Isobel, yeah, he is πŸ™‚ And can you believe it? Years ago, I was the one to push him into starting to do podcasts. From there, he went to do video podcasts, and people loved it.

  4. So fun to watch – and listen to this video. I loved learning a little about the cultural differences between France and the US in terms of a t-shirt and jeans.

    How brave of you to get in front of the camera for Britt. love it! πŸ™‚

    1. Lol, thank you Tiffiney,

      It was a first time for me in English. I was much more nervous that I appeared too πŸ™‚

      When I was playing MMORPG with american people, we had a lot of talks about cultural differences. We are, indeed, very different (I am speaking of small things, though).

      So we were often asking questions about this and that in France and in the US, you can’t imagine how many stupid questions I asked πŸ™‚

      Kind of: “Do you, guys (american people) always wear clothes when you go to bed? Like we see in Medium?” and other stuff like that πŸ™‚

      These are the small differences that make life interesting πŸ™‚

      Thank you very much for your compliment πŸ™‚

  5. Cyril,
    Yes please more videos. I loved this one. And you are right being the authentic you almost always makes for both interesting and memorable.

    It’s funny to hear you talk about jeans and t-shirts in France vs. the US. I was going to do a study abroad there and one of the things they mentioned and suggested we NOT bring were t-shirts and jeans.

    I didn’t do the study abroad, but it had nothing to do with the dress code request. πŸ™‚

    1. Hello Minna,

      Hehe, and they were right.

      In some domains, people are very conservative in Europe, some places more than some otheres and not conservative with the same things in some countries than in some others. What is polite in one country is impolite in an other and vice-versa. And there are many cultural differences between a Brit and French, for example.

      It IS a mess πŸ™‚

      Thank you very, very much for your compliment πŸ™‚ I was a abit unsure about how it would go since I don’t usually write about business at all and don’t make videos about it. The first and most I have done about buisness is this video… oh, and spending money too πŸ™‚ I can do that!

      Thank you again for your comment πŸ™‚



  6. Cyril,

    Add another “Like” to your count… and please, do more videos whether you get 20 or not!

    I, for one, think your “sort of English” is fine. And if you’re ever concerned about what those of us who speak English fluently think about it, ask how many English speaking natives speak French (or any OTHER language for that matter!!) πŸ˜‰ Americans are one of the only cultures I know who get arrogant about everyone else speaking English when they visit here… AND when WE visit THERE! LOL

  7. Hi again Debi,

    I write “again” because my wife had a #@!*+?@ captcha on the #@!*+?@ comments of this #@!*+?@ blog so my answer disappeared! And I have to re-write it and I am sure it won’t be as good as my original answer.

    Your fault, Britt!

    Thank you for your answer, Debi, I laughed a lot when I read it and I am surprise you actually CAN understand what I say. It was my first video ever in English, so I was pretty nervous.

    At home, Danish is the official language, but since we have lived in three countries (Denmark, France — 11 years — and now Israel), and since we use English daily in World of Warcraft and business (mostly in writing) our Danish is pretty much a messy business, and if he doesn’t speak at least a couple of other languages, a Dane won’t be able to understand us.

    We picked up some words along the way and they have been introduced into our “Danish” which now is more a kind of Dafrenchebrew.

    Some words are easier in one language than the other so we kind of adapted our language.

    It IS easier to say “mazgan” (Hebrew) instead of “air conditioner” or “rembourser” [rΓ£ bur se] (French) instead of “tilbagebetale” [ti bΓ¦ ΓΈ be ta lΓΈ] (reimburse)

    And if you listen to our son’s Danish, if you don’t speak french, you can’t understand his Danish, it’s as easy as that πŸ™‚

    Thank you for your kind words, I will think about making another video, but I am not much into IM. I am mostly in behavior, emotions, hypnosis and therapy, so I will have to adapt something πŸ™‚

    Thank you again.



    1. Oh, Cyril, we can use a lot of knowledge about behavior (customers behave, misbehave and act), emotions (emotions sell), hypnosis (close your eyes and relax… and now you feel an urgent NEED for my ebook) and therapy – nah, maybe we don’t need to know anything about therapy. The other topics are spot on.

      So it seems as if you’re in for more Dafrenchebrewenglish videos πŸ˜‰

      1. I agree wholeheartedly!! When I (finally) saw the comment about where Cyril has the most knowledge my first thought was… And your point? We use ALL that here!! πŸ™‚

        So I’m looking forward to you getting back out here and applying your knowledge to those of us who work and home and deal with all that stuff regularly.

        1. Hehe, Debi πŸ™‚

          Okay, I am finishing my “videobook” about how to live in a marriage (it is called “neither divorve nor murder”), then I’ll try to find an idea πŸ™‚

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