What we're about

Bonjour tout le monde!

The Pittsburgh French Meetup Group (http://www.meetup.com/FrenchLessons/) is one of the largest francophone groups in the Pittsburgh area. I started this group about 15 years ago as a way to help friends learn French. We host several classes - beginner - intermediate - and advanced - for which there is a small fee to attend.

We meet most weeks at various locations in Pittsburgh for fun, conversation, & exchange of ideas. These events are free for the most part. You are encouraged to be active and to suggest events and places - I can post them on the site.

Note: We ask that members fill out their profile so we know who you are. This helps members in getting to know each other - and discourages anonymous accounts for the use of spam, etc. Also: you need to add a picture of yourself before I can add you to the meetup.

Marc Snyder


Marc & Roula

About the organizers:

Marc Snyder has a PhD in French Literature & Western civilization from Stanford University.

Je suis un ancien élève de l'École Alsacienne (http://www.ecole-alsacienne.org/spip/) (Paris) - lycée près du Jardin du Luxembourg, et j'ai fait des études à Toulouse - Le Mirail - maintenant Jean Jaurès (http://www.univ-tlse2.fr/#m9710001905863763) et chercheur à Paris 7 Jussieu - maintenant l'Université Paris Diderot (http://www.univ-paris-diderot.fr). J'ai de la famille à Aix-en-Provence et des amis un peu partout! N'hésitez-pas à me contacter si vous avez des questions.

Roula Farah is Lebanese and teaches French and Arabic in the Mt Lebanon School district.

Upcoming events (5+)

Causeries du lundi avec zoom / Monday French Conversation (WEBINAR)

The Dr. is in: This is an open French conversation session using Zoom.us. My goal is to provide some extra practice time to my students in other classes as well as to answer questions to those interested in joining one of the existing ongoing conversation groups. If you don't know where you belong - I would be happy to talk with you online. In the past I have covered intro to French, politics, articles from Le Monde or Nouvel Obs, culture, or just general conversation. If members are late, I’ll wait online for about 15 minutes. Please email me if you have questions or plan on being a little late So I know how many are attending, please RSVP at https://www.meetup.com/frenchlessons/ Click on the link below to join the webinar; please use a headset if possible (as that minimizes audio feedback). - https://zoom.us/j/7243267474

Le français à la ronde - French conversation

Today's location will be Dobra Tea (corner of Beacon & Murray) - however locations will sometimes vary. Check back This is open to everyone - including Duolingo students - although the group tends to be intermediate+ The goal is to speak the beautiful language of Molière as well as a purely social event. En français autant que possible - conversations are in French as much as possible. Please comment below if you have suggestions/times/dates for future meetings.

Contemporary France: Conversation, Culture and Idioms

Online Event - See The Links Below

We’re online with zoom. Join us via link below at 6:30pm Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/7243267474 This is a discussion group EN FRANCAIS for those (intermediate and higher) wishing to perfect their conversational French. - for those who have roughly the equivalent of 2+ years of college French. - Location - will alternated between north hills and Shadyside/Squirrel Hill. - Days: Now it's on Thursday but can change if we can get more people to participate. This discussion group is designed to increase and perfect the ability to express oneself in spoken and written French. Oral emphasis will be on precision, variety, and vocabulary acquisition. We will examine the evolving social and political landscape of France in the 21st century, the culture and expressions of everyday - as well as topics such as the 5th Republic, Macron’s government (pros and cons) immigration, French identity and the notion of “Frenchness." We will focus on other various topics such as: family and the educational system; intellectuals contemporary ideas; art, architecture, and design; Paris; music; literature and cinema. Emphasis will be on oral expression and the acquisition of specialized vocabulary. Sources will include articles from the French press, documents, and film.

Int. Conversational French - Grammar review + reading

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Anyone who has completed a year of French or more and wants to attend is most welcome! Just a word about some changes: In "Advanced Beg-Int French - Grammar review + reading" - we're going to be doing a bit of grammar study, review, etc using La Grammaire à l'oeuvre, by Barson - which is available online. We're also reading a novel, Philippe Labro's L'étudiant étranger LINKS TO ACCESS THE MATERIALS Grammaire à l’oeuvre textbook: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1OFs2IpKRpU2JZZ4hf81cgysXJmVvhsoA Workbook for Grammaire à l’oeuvre: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dYEhGRqKdeFPBV6Wu9aS5vRAOyzxlTpR - We're starting the novel by Philippe Labro "l'Etudiant étranger" Romans-Novel https://drive.google.com/open?id=1ZlFIoy2RvghUckgKUB23RjBD5rj3qMyj

Past events (993)

Contemporary France Webinar: Conversation, Culture and Idioms

Online Event - See The Links Below

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