A Melbournian who wonders as I wander. I have spent a lot of life colouring in moments and take great pleasure in creative expression of experience. Interested in Design, Art, Film, Photography, Painting and all things French.
Est ce que tu veux parler franšaise? Why not try a French Meetup group?
Meetup groups seem an intimidating prospect, especially if you are going alone. In reality, if you choose the right one, you will find a pleasant conversation and a warm welcome.
Who should go?
Everyone who wants to practice their French conversation skills casually. Do you have no one to practice your French with? Are you frustrated that any language you have learned or known is slipping through your fingers? Meetup is just the home for you. Held at various locations the Richmond meetup group is on this Tuesday 9 October from 6.30pm.
Where is it held? Held at the Annie Lewis Winehouse in Richmond. This casual and laid back setting is perfect for French discussion. If you don't drink, don't fear. They have soda water and soft drinks, and a range of food options including of course french cheese or should I say 'fromage'.
This is a group to speak French, so be prepared to tongue-tie all your English expression. It is still good for learners as it is a great challenge to go and gather the confidence to make something come out of your mouth. Also listening to all the different people speaking French can hone your ear to pronunciation, This is especially true when the person is French. In this case, you have to put your mind on fast forward to catch the words as they flow so fast.
You can go anytime after 6.30 pm, whenever you can make it. The chatter seems to build up slowly as people arrive from work and warm-up. There are all levels of speakers in attendance Don't feel intimidated just give it a go.
Practicalities. In order to go, you just need to join meetup.com and create a profile and look for the group Je veux parler Franšais - it is aptly named. There is just a 2 dollar coin donation on the night to help cover registration on Meetup.com.
So Why? This is a cost-effective and potentially life-enriching way of practising your French language. You get to meet people who share your love of France. In the space of an hour, my head was reeling but I'm pretty sure it gets better. Speaking French is like taking your mind to the gym and afterwards, you just want to stick said head in the bath but I recommend sticking it in the bath and then going again as it is a lovely way to learn French and make lots of new friends along the way.