The key to learning French is to accept your mistakes, learn from them, laugh, and move on! Géraldine went through the experience of living abroad, so she understands what it is to feel disconnected and isolated by the limitations of speaking in a foreign language.

In this episode of Comme Une Française TV, Géraldine helps us get through the (relatively) simple act and learn the “proper” way to order a coffee in France like a local.

Géraldine Lepère is a French language and lifestyle expert. Through her popular “Comme Une Française” blog, videos, and training programs, she helps people relocating to France to integrate, and gain confidence in their language skills. In her own words, she’s here “to help you love France”.

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3 Responses to “How to order a coffee in France”

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    Hi, thanks for your video. I always ask for “un grand crème”, because sometimes “un crème” is not big enough. lol. Is it unusual for a French person to ask for this, or for a café to hear this request?


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    I always ask for un grand crème too, because I was always being corrected by waiters when I asked for café au lait! What I’d like to know is the etiquette if you are inside a café. Outside you wait to be served but if you are inside should you sit down and wait or go to the counter? If you order at the counter are you then expected to stand and drink your coffee at the counter?


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    French Teacher

    Bonjour Sauterelle. In France we wait for the waiter to come to us and ask what we want. I remember when I was a student and the first pub opened in my city. We waited and waited to be served until a waiter kindly came to us to explain we had to order at the bar!

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