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

Sue Mills  Tel: 01326 722948; email:

Italian Conversation

This group is now established and we meet on Tuesday afternoons from 3.00 to 4.30 in a member's house. It is all very friendly and informal; at present we are reading and listening to a short story and then commenting on any phrases we find that might be useful in conversational Italian. If you are interested please contact Brendan Saunders Martin


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:

The next 2 French films will be on May 29 and July 10.

'A very long engagement', the last film we watched, was very powerful, moving and at times harrowing with the first world war as its backdrop. So as promised, the next film will be a lot more lighthearted.
We will watch the ever popular 'Jean de Florette' on May 29 and its sequel 'Manon des sources' on July 10. No need to have watched the first one to follow the second one. French people say you can smell the south of France and the lavender when you watch these 2 films!
As always the films will be at 4P.M at Feoch Church hall.



My email address is:
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;





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

Pat Harrod & Wendy MorrisGroups coordinator