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French Conversation Group (and free beer!)
Posted June 10th, 2009 - 5:54 am by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Bonjour tout le monde!

I am currently trying to improve my French. My written and reading French is alright, but I have trouble speaking and listening. The best way to learn is to immerse yourself in the language, but that's difficult to do in Vancouver.

So, I thought it would be fun to host a French Conversation Group. I could host it at my place, maybe once every two weeks? I also brew my own beer (a very effective language learning aid) and would be willing to offer it free to all participants.

This group would be open to anyone at an intermediate French level who is interested in improving their French conversation skills, vocabulary, and confidence speaking. And of course, we would need some fluent speakers to help us when we can't find the right words and not let us be lazy and speak English because it's easier. Ideally, I would like to have at least 50% fluent French speakers.

So if you're looking to improve your French, this might be a great opportunity! And if you're already fluent then you can share your culture with the rest of us, and drink free beer too!

Let me know if you're interested, or if you have any other suggestions or ideas (Maybe we could have French potlucks or picnics on the beach?). Let's get the conversation started!


Posted June 10th, 2009 - 7:04 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)

This...this just pretty much made my evening. Francophiles of the world, holla!

I've been studying French for six years now, and am currently trying to do my degree in French Lit. This language is my passion, and it'd be great if I had more opportunities to practice it in daily life - unfortunately, Vancouver's not really by any means a Francophone hotspot. So it'd be absolutely wonderful if this got started!

Might I also suggest movie nights, and Francophone festivals, such as le Festival du Bois, and le Festival d'été francophone de Vancouver - they always have great live music acts and other such fun events.

Also, meetings-wise, I shall contribute baked goods to the group :D


Posted June 10th, 2009 - 5:04 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey guys!

Cool idea! I'm from Geneva, Switzerland, so French is my first language. I'd be willing to join the group once in a while! Let us know what day/time it would be.

A bientôt,

Posted June 12th, 2009 - 7:56 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
I figure you guys might be interested in this:

Festival d'été
Du 18 au 24 Juin 2009

featuring performancces by MALAJUBE, KARKWA and PIERRE LAPOINTE! and a St-Jean Baptiste party to close it all off on the 24th :)

Posted June 13th, 2009 - 3:40 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
YEESSSSSSS!!!! I am so stoked. I am all over this. I can also read and write French, but I could definitely use more practice speaking it, because everyone knows that's way more useful. French potlucks would be fantastic. I can make creme brulee, only with French accents on the e's. :) Let me know when we can make it happen. Unfortunately for me, I'm away many weekends, but whenever I'm in town I would love to join in a french conversation group, and can think of at least 2 friends who would probably partake as well.

My roommate and I were thinking of hosting occasional Italian nights as well. She is intermediate, and I am just a beginner, but Italian is such a beautiful language and if you know French or Spanish it's not so hard to pick up!

Posted June 22nd, 2009 - 11:13 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Hey everyone,

Thanks for your interest! I'll probably host the first event sometime next week. Any preference for days? I'm free any night except Thursday.

Also, if you want to send me your phone number and email in a personal message that would make it much easier to get in touch with you to work out details!



Posted June 25th, 2009 - 3:03 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)

nous sommes français(de France), nous venons d'arriver à Vancouver et nous trouvons très sympathique cette idée de groupe de conversation. Nous n'avons rien de prévu la semaine prochaine (à part un déménagement le 1er juillet) donc si vous voulez bien nous accepter dans le groupe, nous viendrons avec plaisir!


Just in case :
we're French, just arrived in Vancouver and we like this conversation group meeting. We are free next week (except that we'll be moving on July 1st) so if you're willing to have us in your group we'll be happy to come to the meeting!

Posted June 25th, 2009 - 11:21 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Salut tout le monde!

J'aurai la première soirée de conversation français cet lundi le 29 juin, 19h-22h. Je souhaite que le plupart des persons pourraient assister!

Si vous voudriez manger avec nous, je vous demande que vous apporterez quelque chose à partager avec tout le monde. Mais si vous déciderez de ne pas dîner avec nous il y aura beaucoup de bière pour vous! À présent, j'ai deux bières très delicieux: un witbier Belge et un dunkel Allemand.

À bientôt!



Hi Everyone!

I will have the first French conversation night this Monday, June 29, 7pm-10pm. I hope that most of you can attend!

If you want to eat with is, please bring something to share with everyone. But if you decide not to dine with us then there will be plenty of beer for you! Currently, I have two delicious beers: a Belgian witbier and a German dunkel.

See you soon!


Posted June 26th, 2009 - 12:43 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey all,
I hope this group is a success, cause I'm not back in town until the 30th, but I'll be around after that and would love to be a part of it!

Good luck w. the first meeting!


Posted June 27th, 2009 - 6:58 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hey Eric,

Unforntunately I can't make it to this first meeting, but hopefully will be able to join the next one!
Have fun!

A bientôt,

Posted June 28th, 2009 - 2:12 am by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)

we can make it on Monday, where is it happening?
Sorry we can't bring French-style food with us as we don't have a fully equiped kitchen yet but can take some chips...

Posted June 30th, 2009 - 9:34 pm by from Montreal, Canada (Permalink)
Thank you everyone for coming to the first French conversation group meeting last night! It was a huge success with about 8 people, half of which were fluent speakers. I'm really looking forward to organizing the next meeting sometime in the next two weeks.



Posted July 2nd, 2009 - 8:04 pm by from New Westminster, Canada (Permalink)
I'd love to get back into speaking french, but it's been since high school since I have... so pretttttttttttttty rusty!

Posted July 6th, 2009 - 8:56 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)

I've just read about your French Conversation Group. I would love to participate to your next group!! I'm from Switzerland and I'm new in town. My native language is French. Hope to hear from you soon.


Posted July 3rd, 2009 - 5:52 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)
Hi all,

We'll have a little poker tournament at home on sunday afternoon. There should be some french people, so you can have fun and improve your french :)

PM us if you want to join
(12th & Hemlock)

Posted July 6th, 2009 - 5:38 pm by from Vancouver, Canada (Permalink)