FRENCH for BEGINNERS
Friday 12.30pm - 2.30pm
We meet on Friday in the computer room from douze heures trente minutes - quatorze heures trente minutes which is 12:30 - 14:30. We are a class of six people led by our tutor Elisabeth.
October 2018 is when I started the French class as I wanted to learn something I had never tried before, so this was it (the French language) and I can honestly say that for the first few weeks I would describe it as Double Dutch, I could not get my head around it, but that is why I joined the class, to give my brain something to work at.
When travelling through France in the summer we called at 'un petit magasin' (a small shop) and when paying for my purchases I understood the amount of money I was being asked for, I was thrilled and handed over the correct amount of money with a smile and gave him my thanks (merci beaucoup).
Merci Elisabeth for all you patience and hard work last year and here we go again for another year to which I am looking forward to learning more words and pronunciation. Margaret Lynch - November 2019
Throughout my working life I have visited many different interesting regions of France. I must admit Paris still remains one of my favourite cities and on returning home I always make a promise to myself that I will learn to be more fluent with the language. At this remark my children would just smile and say ‘oh yeah mum that would be good’ knowing that each time I would come up with some excuse for not doing it (too busy).
When I retired and joined C3A at Abraham Moss I noticed in the newsletter they offered conversational French on a Friday afternoon and this was now my chance, I had no excuses. I just needed to make a start with a class that would put me on the right track to make myself understood and be able to understand what others say when travelling and socialising around France.
When I arrived for my first class, Elisabeth our tutor made me feel extremely at ease as the atmosphere was relaxed and comfortable. Our group is made up of mostly ladies and one brave gentleman. We are about eight or nine weeks into the sessions now and as we have all got to know one another better, we are able to give support and encouragement to each other during class. Elisabeth is so patient and understanding each week and explains the lesson thoroughly. She makes sure everyone is feeling okay, always gives us praise and encouragement to speak out within the group. She is really patient and sensitive to our difficulties when we mispronounce words, we do make her laugh at times.
I now have the added bonus of a new group of lovely friends; I am sure I speak for the rest of the group as well and would like to say thank you very much to our lovely patient tutor, Merci beaucoup Elisabeth.
Beryl Thomas - November 2018