LANGUAGE STUDIES:

My attempt to get something started with an ad back in May wasn't terribly successful (3 responses) but I thought it worth another go in the next newsletter.  So, if anyone is interested in a home-based group (as per e.g. the Spanish conversation group) then I would consider trying to start one again and initially am happy to discuss it with anyone who might be interested.  They can ring me (Brendan Saunders Martin) on 01872 862164 or 07870 798046  contact me on bmjsm@hotmail.com.  

Further to my note in the August Newsletter, I have received a few more expressions of interest in possible conversation groups in various languages, notably German beginners and Italian, but not from anyone prepared to lead such groups.  I have not heard from enough people interested in the more advanced German conversation group which I was prepared to lead to make it as yet viable.
However, those interested in practising their conversational language skills may like to know of the Café Polyglot, which has been going for some years in Falmouth, meeting at the Dolly's on Thursday evenings, from 7.30 p.m., and which has now also started up in Truro, meeting on Wednesday evenings, from 7 – 9 p.m. at the Wine Barrel, 18 Old Bridge Street.  Members of the U3A French and Spanish conversation groups have been involved in setting this up.  Anyone is welcome to these to practise chatting in Spanish, French, German, Italian, or possible other languages, to other learners or with native speakers.  For further information tel. 01872 277928 or 271757.  See also the Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/groups/CafePolyglotFalmouth/

Sue Mills  Tel: 01326 722948; email: sue.j.mills@sky.com

French Conversation:

Picture by Alison Mandeville

The Truro French Conversation meets on Tuesday mornings at 11.00 at St. George's Church Hall in Truro.  At present it is rather full, so if any new member is interested please contact the convener (details below) to discuss going on a waiting list. 

 

Sue Corcoran

 

French Conversation 2:

This very happy, hard-working group came together at the end of February, earlier this year. The six members had mostly forgotten their school French and wanted to extend the knowledge that they had gleaned from trips to France.   Fifteen sessions later, they can all express themselves with confidence, using the present and past tenses.

Enjoyment is the apparent name of the game, but belies a great deal of serious work and determined effort before arrival. Having said that, the individual member does what she can, when she can. Nothing is compulsory.

A small group of six ladies has proven advantageous as everyone can be regularly heard. Anyone unable to attend means that more time can obviously be devoted to fewer members, this being helpful in clarifying uncertainties.

 

 

 

French Conversation 3:

French Conversation 3 has now started - with great gusto. The group meets in my home in Falmouth, every Thursday morning, for two hours, from 10:30 am.

There is room for one more person. If interested, do contact me to find out the level of French involved.

 

French Film Group:

Since I am a French national I would like to revive the French film club. We will watch my favourite films but also your favourite ones if you want to recommend them to the group. All films will have subtitles so no need to be amazing at French! The plan is to meet every 6 weeks. The first film will be on Tuesday 9 January 2018 at Feock Church village Hall at 4 P.M. The film will be Monsieur Batignole, the story of a very unassuming hero during the occupation. It is a moving, funny and very thought provoking film with Gerard Juniot as the main actor.

My email address is: genr@hotmail.co.uk
Telephone number: 01872 273333


French for Beginners?:

We have some members seeking to join a beginners' class to study French at an initial level. Is there a competent member who might be able to lead such a class of beginners out there? Contact initially with John Skelton on (01872) 865316 if you could be interested!

 

A German Language Group?

Since my initial notice in May about a possible German language group, to date I have only received two or three enquiries, so could be prepared to widen the group’s remit. 

If anyone is interested in any form of German conversation group, beyond just beginners, please contact me for an initial discussion.  If there are more than 5 we could perhaps meet in a café in Truro to discuss possible options.

Sue Mills  (01326) 722948 or Mobile (07941) 422309

 

Hablemos Español:

The Spanish conversation group meets every Thursday for Spanish chat and language learning, varied by trips this year to tapas restaurants, cafe polyglot in Falmouth and even a Spanish play.   Members of the group take it in turns to host meetings and plan the session - with the emphasis on having fun while trying to speak Spanish throughout our time together!

December 7th Christmas lunch. Contact Harry Nicholls if you would like to join us for this tapas lunch with conversation mainly in English.

December 14th final session before Christmas.

January 11th New Year restart.

 

Two views of the Spanish Conversation group -

Christmas tapas

enjoying a pre-Christmas tapas lunch at The Wharf Spanish restaurant in Penryn and

Don Quixote


01209 860380;  harryjnicholls@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

For all activities, please check our Google Calendar to confirm dates, times and location

Richard Allen Groups coordinator