Petit Déjeuner du vendredi – all levels

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Croissants, baguette, confiture, beurre, café au lait…

Please note:

  1. Le Petit Dejeuner du Vendredi will have a different format during the fall 2021. Please visit its fall page here!
  2. Petit Déjeuner du Vendredi en période de Coronavirus: As you know, the school — in its physical form — has been closed since early March 2020 due to Covid. However our programs continue to be offered via ZOOM including le petit déjeuner du vendredi.
    If you would like to participate in the Petit Déjeuner meetings, please sign up below or contact us by email before noon on Thursday of any given week.

Date: Every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. unless we have sent an announcement to cancel or otherwise noted here. Please make sure you are on our mailing list to receive possible cancellation announcements.

Winter weather cancellation policy: If you have not received an email by 5:00 pm on Thursday and question whether or not we will be holding a petit dej. because of what you have seen on the forecast, please check this page or our Facebook page for an update around 6:00 am the morning of.

Location: The Language Exchange – 75 Market Street, Suite 305, Portland OR via ZOOM during the school shutdown due to Covid-19
During the winter months or in bad weather, please feel free to bring your slippers as we ask that you kindly leave your shoes in the entrance way. Merci beaucoup!

 Valerie Guillet

Whether you just had your first French class or speak fluently — perhaps you are visiting from Québec or Marseille? — if you would like to speak French more than once a week and in a non-classroom setting, consider making these gatherings every time you are in town. They will soon become the highlight of your week and you won’t want to miss them!

On any given week between 7:30 and 8:30 am, ten to twenty people gather around a large table where cups, plates, and napkins await. Coffee and tea essentials are available and a strong coffee aroma has already spread throughout the school. New comers are first welcomed and “interrogated” — indeed, why on earth would you get up this early for a cup of strong coffee (organic French roast from CBD and French style… pas de jus de chaussettes ici!) — and all others are greeted with a casual “Ah! Marie/Norrie/Jean-Pierre/Robert/Joan/Madame Framboise! Ça va? Quoi de neuf?” and off it goes. Whatever comes up will be discussed, analyzed, criticized, joked about, made fun of, agreed with, and also… CORRECTED! The French language police are out early and with bionic ears do not let anything slide by! We mostly laugh a lot and can’t wait for the following week after we feel caught up on everyone’s news and on any city or worldly occurrence worth our attention.

We ask that you bring food items to share whenever possible (not to feed an army! just a croissant or two, or an apple!) and strongly encourage you to visit Standard Baking Co. for the best croissants in town but if you have another favorite bakery… by all means, introduce us to its products!

Coffee, tea, cream (c/o Madame Demi-demi), sugar, jam, and butter are provided.

Le PETIT DÉJEUNER has been meeting once a week (on various days) since 1996; out of the 52 weeks comprised in a year, we meet approximately 40 to 45 times after we have accounted for snow cancellations, holidays or your hostess’s traveling days. Therefore, the amount that we are now asking you to invest on a yearly basis is of great value and affords you guarantied fun conversations — or at least highly animated ones, great company, and by far the strongest coffee in town! In addition, those of you who have been coming with regularity know that an extra hour of conversational practice outside of class, during which any and all topics can surface, is a great way to improve your ability to understand spoken French and communicate when put on the spot.

Price: Please note that anyone interested in participating is welcome to partake in our “Zoom breakfasts” until the end of 2020 free of charge. But you need to request the link and be on our mailing list to receive updates.

In normal times:
 1st visit: FREE of charge. We want to encourage you to try it and see for yourself if that is the right environment for you.
– Yearly membership (begins in January): $50. Come as often as you’d like.
– Occasional participation: $5/visit. We ask that you bring your payment the morning of your visit.

And if you can’t quite afford it, don’t let it stop you. Come and visit, and we will chat. No one has ever been turned away…

We look forward to seeing you at breakfast very soon!


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