Parlons français!

Bonsoir à tous! Venez nombreux pour causer autour d'un repas ou d'un verre chez La Madeleine. On n'a que deux règles: (1) qu'on y parle exclusivement le français et (2) qu'on achète quelque chose à boire ou à manger (c'est La Madeleine qui le demande). Merci et à bientôt!

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  • Lisa Bate W.

    I became organizer "by accident", and the group never had any structure when I led it. I'm sorry that one person was unhappy, but everyone who's gone to the group thus far has seemed to enjoy it as-is. That's not to say improvements can't be made, but don't put too much weight on one criticism. Thanks to Tracy for taking over!

    1 · July 20, 2014

  • Daniel W.

    I liked the unstructured format that allowed for several conversations at once. The result was a lot of noise and this was a bit of a problem, but more structure might mean having everyone focus on the same subject and only one person at a time talking, and that is not nearly as rich an experience. I wouldn't have minded more of a standup, cocktail party type situation where people could drift around and talk to a broader range of people.

    1 · July 18, 2014

    • Keith B.

      Daniel, interesting point. It *is* unfortunate that in these situations, we usually wind up interacting with only a subset of the participants. For these kinds of sit-down situations, how about a periodic reshuffle of seating (say every 30 minutes)?

      1 · July 19, 2014

    • Tracy

      I think a change in seating at 7:30 would be worth trying.

      July 20, 2014

  • Tracy

    As far as noise, there isn't much that we can do about that. Having two tables apart might help with the disjointed discussions. Certainly, structure can be added, but I'd like others' input and suggestions. I don't know how this Meet-up was run in the past. Feel free to offer suggestions, ideas, etc. Some may prefer structure, others an informal evening - still others a combination of the two.

    July 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Regards the demise of the French language, I implied a few decades and not tomorrow! If you are following the economic/political/cultu­ral and IT influences over the last 30 years, you will come to a similar conclusion. In fact even the French ministers who spoke in the EU forums only in French now-a-days sometimes revert to English, so that they are not misunderstood. Also, French is used in the UN, FIFA, Olympics etc more due to protoco and the French insistence, rather than necessity, which one day, may stop. There are many ways French can remain a vibrant, lively language and even grow, if the French realize how to coax the world to using more French (Ex: Older adults learning a language (a complex task) to negate the impact of Alzeimer's/Dementia­)... but, often their fonctionnaires/politicia­ns are too gauche or arrogant to make a genuine attempt… Example… see the funny episode of John Oliver and FIFA at http://www.youtube.co...­ from 4 minutes and 30 seconds on.

      July 18, 2014

    • Jane G.

      Au moins ce n'est pas pour demain! Je m'y suis attaché.

      July 19, 2014

  • Keith B.

    I had a great time. I was not bothered by the lack of structure, and unless we're in a very quiet place it's not really possible to have a larger group conversation. I too was disappointed how noisy it was. It was the place's acoustics, I think, and not our placement, that made it difficult to hear. I run another meetup, and we meet at Santini's, just a short distance away. Sure, the ambience is not at all French, but it's much easier to hear there. I would argue, too, that La Madeleine having a French name and French food does not really add all that much to the experience. In any case, I'm grateful to the organizer for putting these meetings together, wherever they are.

    By the way, I am very sensitive to colognes, and would like to request that people use very little if any at our meetings, since we are close together. I don't want to mention names, but if you'd like to know if it was you, feel free to ask me.

    July 18, 2014

  • Jane G.

    Je suis partiellement d'accord. Oui, c'est bruyant mais c'est comme un café réel. Il faut concentrer. Selon moi, c'était agréable et je compte revenir à la prochaine ''meetup''.

    1 · July 17, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely people! Yet there was no structure to the evening, and many disjointed conversations in a noisy place. Sadly, for now, I will leave this group. If any of you are interested in just talking on the phone to practiquer la langue, call me at[masked]-9514. Leave a message if I'm on the phone, which I am a lot due to work. Best wishes, everyone.

    July 17, 2014

  • Tracy

    What a great evening! Merci tout le monde!

    July 16, 2014

  • Jean-François M.

    Pas possible ce soir (et pas possible le 30) mais je compte bien venir en aout pour vous rencontrer

    1 · July 16, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oui, je vais venir et suis contente de vous voir enfin!

    1 · July 16, 2014

  • Carol H.

    Je ne peux pas vous joinder cette semaine. Je voyage maintenant, et vendredi je pars pour 8 jours a Paris! J'espere ameliorer mon francais pendant cette semaine. A la prochaine rendez-vous!

    1 · July 15, 2014

    • Tracy

      Je suis jalouse. :-) Bon voyage!

      July 15, 2014

  • Phiphie

    Quel dommage! Je viens d'avoir un contretemps et ne pourrai etre a la Madeleine avec vous demain! Et si on essayait de se rencontrer chaque mercredi? Ca pourrait permettre a ceux qui ont un empechement de se joindre au groupe la semaine d'apres. Et pourquoi pas un pique-nique? Juste une idee!

    July 15, 2014

    • Tracy

      Oui, c'est dommage que vous ne pouvez pas venir. Vous êtes libre de faire une suggestion pour un pique-nique. Si vous souhaitez l'organiser, tant mieux! :-) C'est une bonne idee!

      July 15, 2014

  • Tracy

    La grande table est réservé demain soir à 07h00. À bientôt!

    July 15, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    1 · July 14, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Voici un lien internet pour un éditorial intéressant d'un journal de mes préférés ... voir http://www.nytimes.com/2014/07/09/opinion/roger-cohen-france-decapitated.html?_r=1 Peut-être que nous pouvons discuter de certaines questions soulevées dans le!

    1 · July 12, 2014

  • Vanessa Lindquist B.

    I am studying on my own for now. It is embarrassing, because I can think all the correct sentences, but can't say them. I hope to be at the table, eventually.

    1 · July 10, 2014

    • Tracy

      Come anyway! Maybe it will help you.

      July 11, 2014

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