England international Joe Cole was delighted with his Lille debut as he came off the bench and helped them to victory at St Etienne.
Cole created a goal in the 3-1 away win with a mesmerising run as he made a 25-minute cameo performance.
And the midfielder, on loan for the season from Liverpool, was delighted to hit the ground running.
"I was so nervous, it was completely new. If I was making my debut for another English team, I would have known the style and the routines," he said.
"I've learnt 'droit' and 'gauche' to turn right and left. I've also tried to learn 'Man on!' so, yes, I'm enjoying the challenge.
"I sang 'Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner' to the lads on Friday and it got a better reception than at Chelsea. Put it this way, I didn't get pelted with rolls and potatoes!
"On Monday, I am going to download some French and get cracking with that.
"Things are so different. For instance, we've got to clean our own boots and carry our own boots to games here.
"The club gives you a lot of responsibility. There are a lot of things changing and it's a big challenge.
"But every day I go into work, it becomes a little bit more familiar and I think to myself 'Yeah, I'm in the right place here' - the way they play football suits me down to the ground.
"I could have gone to an English club but I just thought it was the right time to try a new challenge in a new country.
"I'm sure there will be some moments when I get the language mixed up but I am trying."
Cole admitted he was pleased to have a better debut than his Liverpool one last season when he was sent off against Arsenal.
"Anything less than a red card was always going to be an improvement wasn't it?" he quipped.
"Seriously though, it's been good. The manager wants me to come in slowly. It is a strong squad and he knows what I need.
"He says everything in French at half-time, so I just tried to listen. I didn't think I knew any French but there are a few words I could make out, so it was all good."