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Cécile



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:53 pm    Post subject: French lessons ? Reply with quote

I saw we have German lessons (I'm going to try !)
So if some of you are interested in we can do french ones too, because it's easier to speak with real persons instead of books, specially to feel comfortable to use familiar words used in everyday's life.
What do you think about it ? It can be funny.

(des leçons de français ? Qu'en pensez-vous ? Cela peut être amusant.)
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Elaine



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 3:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'd love to learn a little French! But what I see written looks like it would be difficult to know how to pronounce. LOL
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Jane



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cecile,
It's been about ten years so forgive any errors. And I have no idea how to do accents on the letters on the computer! LOL.

J'ai etudie francaise a l'ecole internationale d'Atlanta pour quatre ans! Embarassed
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cécile, that's so kind of you to offer - I'd love to learn French! Count me in Smile

Elaine, I agree with you...pronunciation looks difficult from the written words Laughing
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 5:15 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cecile, yes me too but please start with the basics, I've not had french since high school Strangely I can understand a bit for some reason when I see it written, but the last thing I really remember learning in french was

'Ouvre la fenetre and Ferme la Bouche~

We didn't have the nicest French teacher Smile
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romy



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 10, 2009 7:01 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Strangely, often the french teachers are the ones who are not much liked. In Germany this is really often the case. I hope it won't be the same with me. Laughing

C'est une très bonne idée, Cécile!!! (That's a very good idea, Cécile!!!)

I could do some pronouncing with those of you who I'll meet in NY in february. Wink I'm not a native speaker but since I study french and since I'll be a french teacher later I could teach you a little bit. Wink
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Cécile



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ok, I'll be happy to help you to learn french a little bit.
Since yesterday I'm thinking about the way we are going to do because, of course, it have to be interesting but always funny and never serious like "at school", right isn't it ?
We'll need to work on words and everyday conversations but also on how to pronounce.
I hope Romy (future french teacher) and Geneviève are going to be part of it with me. Of course everyone is welcome to help.

We can do 2 lessons per month, the saturdays, OK ?

First of all, what do you think about learning to introduce yourself ? And next we are going to work on every subjet you want to know about. So let us know witch one will be the second theme.

I hope all of this seems right for you.
See you here saturday 17th



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cherubin



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 6:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ha, Mary Ann, I could read and understand your French too.

Ouvre la fenêtre, fermez la porte, fermez la fenêtre,
sur le pont
sous le pont.

I had French in a commercial school only 1/2 year, then it was cancelled.
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Elaine



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 9:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cécile wrote:
We'll need to work on words and everyday conversations but also on how to pronounce.
I hope Romy (future french teacher) and Geneviève are going to be part of it with me. Of course everyone is welcome to help.

We can do 2 lessons per month, the saturdays, OK ?

First of all, what do you think about learning to introduce yourself ?

I hope all of this seems right for you.
See you here saturday 17th

Cécile, that sounds wonderful! I'll be ready and anxious to learn even the simplest bits of French.
Romy's offer is very generous, but it doesn't help those of us who can't go to NYC.
Thank you, and I look forward to next Saturday!
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 11:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if I recall the way to say your name in french is

J'mappelle Mary Ann

and in German

Ich heiße Mary Ann oder mein Name ist Mary Ann
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romy



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 11, 2009 5:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure I'd like to help you with this, Cécile (I'll do my best). Wink

Hmmm, Elaine you are right. I may have to think about this. Maybe it would be possible to do sound clips for you and one of us could just read the lessons we'll give you. Wink This might be possible. Smile
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Evy



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 12, 2009 2:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Learing french - what a great idea. Count me in!
French border isn't that far from my hometown. Just about 100 km (60 miles). Sometimes my hubby and I make a trip to a french supermarket.

The only problem will be - like Elaine said - how to pronounce the words.
I'm looking forward to Saturday 17th - what time will we met?
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Cécile



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 4:40 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

HAHAHAHA !!!

I think I'm going to post around 12 am because it's the middle of the day here.

If it's a problem for you, please let me know ?
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romy



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 11:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think that is good. I mean we don't have to be here all at the same time. THose who want to learn just could tell us words or sentences they'd like to learn.
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Evy



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 13, 2009 1:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cecile, do you mean 12 a.m. Central European Time CET (= 6 a. m. Eastern Time ET = 3 a. m. Pacific Standard Time PST) ??

If so, wouldn't it be better to begin a few hours later so that the american members can attend our lesson at the same time? Perhaps 6, 7 or 8 a. m CET?

It's only my opinion and I follow the majority.
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