Interview with Géraldine – “Comme une française”

carre-photoGéraldine Lepère is a 27 year old French language and lifestyle expert who helps expat women integrate in France thanks to her fantastic blog! “Comme une Française” is a fresh, fun and very French blog with online comprehension programs to guide in your new life as an expat. It gives you tips (that you can’t find in book!) and phrases that you can immediately use to live the Vie en Rose, in France. Thanks to her posts, you can understand French culture, become independent and communicate perfectly.  What we really like is how she helps people master the pros and cons, the dos and don’ts and the whys and hows of France.

With her honesty, her eye on French culture and her unique tone, Géraldine inspires expat women to take charge of their success in France by understanding, practicing and integrating every day.

Géraldine kindly accepted to answer a few questions for FUSAC!

 

Hi Géraldine, where do you come from ?
I’m originally from Paris and after 2 years in England (Leeds, Yorkshire), I’ve settled in Grenoble, in the French Alps.

How did you get into creating a website / posting videos?
I decided to create Comme une Française in April 2012 because I had been helping expats for months and wanted to do this on a bigger scale. Also, Comme une Française answers questions I had when I was in England. I started Comme une Française TV (on YouTube) on January 2013 and it now has more than 220 000 views.

When, where and how did you find your first FUSAC?
I can’t remember because FUSAC is very famous.

What is the most satisfying thing about having a website like yours?
Truly helping expats by answering questions they’re afraid to ask. Or they’re not even aware of.
Also, the Comme une Française Community now counts more than 8000 members who very supportive and nice to each other.

What is the oddest request a reader has made?
A teenage reader asked me to write down her French homework.

What did/do you parents do ?
My mum is Mexican while my dad is French. So I’m very aware of accents and integration in France.

The French expression that makes you smile
Ça roule ma poule. A friend who is also a graphic artist made a poster out of it that’s now featured on the Comme une Française TV set.

Favorite patisserie?
Le mille-feuille. The one with sucre glace on top.

Favorite place to eat in Paris?
A sandwich “mixte” (jambon-fromage) from a good boulangerie on Les Quais de Seine.

A female icon?
Simone de Beauvoir. Her Memoirs helped me become a strong woman.

What are you most proud of?
I’m very proud to have started Comme une Française from scratch by myself. 🙂

Where is the place that you want to go the most?
I’d love to meet the Comme une Française members all around the world.

What is your favorite gift to give?
Tea from Mariages Frères. Especially the Thé des Impressionnistes

If you were to send a postcard from Paris what image would you choose?
A black and white picture of Montmartre stairs at night.

Who incarnates France?
French people.

How do you use the social networks Twitter, Facebook?
I share with the Comme une Française community on YouTube : https://www.youtube.com/user/commeunefrancaisetv
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/commeunefrancaise
Twitter: https://twitter.com/comme1francaise
content that helps francophiles

What is your next project?
I’m currently preparing a new course on integration in France that will be released in September.

Thank you Géraldine !

A little selection of some of our favorite videos from Comme une française TV :