What we're about

Are you interested in foreign languages and culture, and looking for the opportunity to meet like-minded people, practise your conversation skills in a relaxed atmosphere, and make friends in the process?? Then read on.

Originally set up as a group for all languages, it turned out that there were only enough people speaking French, Italian and Spanish who came regularly enough to run meetups for. Due to the organisers having many other commitments, we began to run multi-language meetups for these 3 Romance languages - which have proved popular, as those who speak more than 1 of them can practise whichever they feel like. If time allows we will arrange single-language meetups from time to time.

From January 2019 this group will change its name to reflect the 3 languages we support, and any members not interested in speaking French, Italian or Spanish will be removed. German speakers currently organise their own meetups via https://www.facebook.com/Germanconversationgroupnorwich and https://www.meetup.com/Norwich-Language-Culture-Meetup/. (https://www.meetup.com/Norwich-Language-Culture-Meetup/)

We really need 1 or more new Assistant Organisers to help arrange regular meetups - so if this interests you, let me know! We are also happy for members to arrange additional occasional meetups for any languages, including less common ones. We can make you an Event Organiser to do this; just contact an organiser to express an interest, and for tips on how to arrange a successful meetup.

Speakers of all levels - from beginner to native - are welcome to come (even just to listen). We don't charge to join the group or attend events - but a donation of £1 per meetup, to help us cover the costs of running the group (such as Meetup subscription fees), would be much appreciated. You can put this in the little collection tin/pouch that will be visible at officially-organised meetups. We also really appreciate your participation and feedback, to make this a group that everyone can enjoy.

We look forward to speaking with you at future events, and happy chatting!

• Isla (main organiser)

• Lynette (Event organiser)

• Andy & Jackie (previous co-organisers)

Upcoming events (3)

January's mid-week Meetup

Jamie's Italian

Happy New Year everyone! Just to confirm, our weekday meet-up on Tuesday the 29th January will be held from 7pm until 9pm at 'Jamie's Italian' in the Royal Arcade (Castle Street end). The manager has even arranged for an Italian member of staff to be on shift that evening so the Italian speakers amongst us can practise with a native speaker! This is a normal multi-language meetup and as usual we will have groups for French, Spanish and Italian. Optional £1 donation for attendance (to cover group running costs). We look forward to seeing you there!

February's Sunday meetup

Norwich Playhouse

Our February Sunday meeting for French, Spanish and Italian speakers will be in the Playhouse at our new earlier time. The Playroom (on the right as you enter) is booked from 4.30 - 6.30pm but you can arrive when you're free and you're welcome to stay longer (I will probably be there till 7ish). Please be aware that there is free on-street parking in the immediate vicinity (such as Colegate) on Sundays, though there are also car parks nearby (e.g. St Andrews). Optional £1 donation for attendance (to cover group running costs). I look forward to seeing you there!

March's Sunday meetup

Norwich Playhouse

Our March Sunday meeting for French, Spanish and Italian speakers will be in the Playhouse at our new earlier time. The Playroom (on the right as you enter) is booked from 4.30 - 6.30pm but you can arrive when you're free and you're welcome to stay longer (I will probably be there till 7ish). Please be aware that there is free on-street parking in the immediate vicinity (such as Colegate) on Sundays, though there are also car parks nearby (e.g. St Andrews). Optional £1 donation for attendance (to cover group running costs). I look forward to seeing you there!

Past events (132)

January's Sunday meetup

Norwich Playhouse

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