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#1 kris_de_londres

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Posted 27 August 2008 - 09:36 PM

A couple of friends and myself are intending to start a French Conversation Group in Crystal Palace.
The group will be a friendly and welcoming to everyone interested in practising French Conversation.
Depending on response this can also become a language & culture exchange group.

Anyone interested ?

A BIENTOT !

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#2 Ziwa

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 05:52 AM

I'm up for it!!
(with there be wine involved? :)

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 10:07 AM

What sort of level?
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:15 PM

Hi
I'm also interested - count me in

#5 kris_de_londres

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:29 PM

Bonjour Ziwa et RachelF

Tout d'abord merci pour vos réponses.
First of all thank you for your answers.

(1) Ziwa pour le vin, chacun achète son vin ou autre boisson.. :-)
Ziwa for the wine, everyone buys their own wine or other drinks ...:-)

(2) Rachel pour le niveau, 'ALL LEVELS ' , pour commencer et puis on verra..

Re. LEVELS , all levels to start with and then we'll see..(we may split the group level-wise depending on the number of participants).

Please feel free to suggest an appropriate venue in Crystal Palace.

For your info we also run similar group in London see :
http://french.meetup.com/474/


A bientôt !

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#6 RachelF

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:41 PM

Thanks Kris

I'd be willing to give it a go, and I'll try to persuade my partner to come along too.
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 12:52 PM

I would be interested as I'd love to pick up French again. However, it's been 16 years since I last spoke any so whilst I can probably still conjure up some basics, I guess I count as a beginner.
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Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:41 PM

I would be interested too, since I would love to become fluent in French! :)

#9 kris_de_londres

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 04:50 PM

Nick, Angeles, et Mel (Gekko) nous vous souhaitons la bienvenue aussi.

We are thinking of a Thursday 7.30 p.m. to start with .. till max 10.00 p.m.

Preferably relatively quiet pub/resto
Any thoughts ?

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Posted 28 August 2008 - 06:38 PM

Hi Kris,

That's me out then I'm afraid as I have guitar lessons on a Thursday - so many things to learn and so little time to learn them! Thanks though and good luck with the group.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:00 AM

7.30 on Thursdays is fine with me, but I'm flexible on weekdays, and maybe we could find another day to try to accomodate Gheko. Would it be ok to meet at Domali?

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 10:32 AM

Thursdays are good for me too.
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Posted 29 August 2008 - 05:18 PM

I tend to be a very late night animal anyway, and have very heavy work demands, so scheduling around me is not a good idea. However, for the record Thursdays aren't great for me, as I try to go drawing on that evening, when I'm let out on parole. I could join at 9:15 or 9:30, which would be fine for me. I think I'm about adv intermediate (zero writing skills, avid speaking once I've had a few beers).

merci boucoups!

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Posted 29 August 2008 - 05:54 PM

Might be an idea to establish what level everyone is at. It seems that Ziwa is advanced intermediate and I'm more beginner level so there'd be no point working around me if everyone else is much more advanced. I'd hate for the day to be changed so I could come and then in the first meeting I got scared and ran off because I couldn't keep up with everyone :( . I think I'm a bit nervous about ending up being the class dunce!!

Anyway, as days go I suspect that the beginning of the week would be better for people as Thurs and Fri tend to be more going out evenings. As for location, Domali is quite good as you don't have to shout over the music; I think the book group still meets there so I'm guessing they don't have any problems hearing themselves think. Otherwise, you could try upstairs in Lorenzo and people can munch on pizza as they practise their French.
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Posted 30 August 2008 - 11:11 AM

Hello - I'd be interested in this and agree that earlier in the week might suit more people. What about the downstairs bar in Numidie? Has a kind of French feel and could be a bit quieter than Domali (although not when they have the music going admittedly). Might not be good for a big group as the tables are quite small so I guess it depends how many people you get coming along. If you have lots of people you could always split into groups of 3 or 4 anyway.





In terms of what level people are at, the Institut Francais provide this as guidance:

Elémentaire 1- 2 'A1'

Can understand and use familiar everyday expressions and very basic phrases aimed at the satisfaction of needs of a concrete type. Can introduce him/herself and others and can ask and answer questions about personal details such as where he/she lives, people he/she knows and things he/she has. Can interact in a simple way provided the other person talks slowly and clearly and is prepared to help.


Elémentaire 3 - 4 'A2'

Can understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of most immediate relevance (e.g. very basic personal and family information, shopping, local geography, employment). Can communicate in simple and routine tasks requiring a simple and direct exchange of information on familiar and routine matters. Can describe in simple terms aspects of his/her background, immediate environment and matters in areas of immediate need.


Intermédiaire 'B1'

Can understand the main points of clear standard input on familiar matters regularly encountered in work, school, leisure, etc. Can deal with most situations likely to arise whilst travelling in an area where the language is spoken. Can produce simple connceted text on topics which are familiar or of personal interest. Can describe experiences and events, dreams, hopes and ambitions and briefly give reasons and explanations for opinions and plans.


Intermédiaire avancé 'B2'

Can understand the main ideas of complex text on both concrete and abstract topics, including technical discussions in his/her field of specialisation. Can interact with a degree of fluency and spontaneity that makes regular interaction with native speakers quite possible without strain for either party. Can produce clear, detailed text on a wide range of subjects and explain a viewpoint on a topical issue giving the advantages and disadvantages of various opinions.


Supérieur 'C1'

Can understand a wide range of demanding, longer texts, and recognise implicit meaning. Can express him/herself fluently and spontaneously without much obvious searching for expressions. Can use language flexibly and effectively for social, academic and professional purposes. Can produce clear, well-structured, detailed text on complex subjects, showing controlled use of organisational patterns, connectors and cohesive devices.


Supérieur avancé 'C2'

Can understand with ease virtually everything heard or read. Can summarise information from different spoken and written ressources, reconstructing arguments and accounts in a coherent presentation. Can express him/herself spontaneously, very fluently and precisely, differentiating finer shades of meaning even in more complex situations.
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