Friday, 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Location: We will meet in person, at the school, 75 Market Street, as we did in the early days (1996 to 2020!), but on occasions, when the weather or other unforeseen circumstances warrant, we will meet online. There is ample parking available on the street and no parking fees at this time of day!
If we need to cancel a gathering, we will be in touch by email using the email you have provided when signing up, by noon on Thursday. Please make sure to check your spam box.
Should safety concerns return (Covid or others), we will change the format of our gatherings.
Moderator: Valerie Guillet
Dates: Every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. starting on 1/12/2024 unless we send an announcement during the week to cancel (The moderator occasionally takes a week off).
Beginning through advanced speakers are welcome and you do not need to be enrolled in a class with us to participate. Those of you who have been coming regularly know that an extra hour of conversation 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.
Please keep in mind that this is not a structured “class” but rather a social gathering during which the only requirement is that you be willing to speak French only as we assist you when needed to keep the conversation flowing.
If you need assistance to determine if this is right for you, we would be happy to help.
Please get in touch!
Last but not least, we kindly ask that you respect the concerns of those who remain vulnerable to Covid and other seasonal diseases due to unrelated health issues. We will assume that you are symptom free when coming to breakfast or wearing a mask if in doubt. Thank you!
We look forward to seeing you at breakfast very soon!
This is what happens every Friday:
The door opens at the street level at 7:30. Shortly after, we 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 “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, sugar, jam, and butter are provided.
Voilà… c’est simple.