On bastille Day special Breakfast before start of study at our Alliance Francaise Central Coast meeting.
Our very friendly French conversation group in Woy Woy.
Here are some of our photos from Noumea, New Caledonia.
AFCC members recently enjoyed a cruise on the Brisbane Waters where some could enjoy dancing on the deck!
On Sunday we have organised a very successful (and friendly) pre-Melbourne Cup Lunch at Cheeky Chariie’s Restaurant in Fountain Plaza. Erina.
The lunch included a competition for the most beautiful Fascinators of all our very elegant participating ladies.
Cheeky Charlie’s owner, Craig, very generously gave two prizes to the winners and the winners are:
Congratulations to all and big thank you for the great time we shared and enjoyed!
Please join us for the AFCC annual Fete Nationale (Bastille Day) meeting and lunch.
The rendezvous will happen as usual on Saturday, July 14 at Erina Leagues and will be followed by lunch at Cheeky Charlie’s, Fountain Plaza, Erina.
It will be at 12.30pm, after our regular meeting. Partners and family are welcome.
Please RSVP to Nathalie by Tuesday 10 July.
On Friday 22 June 2018, from 12 to 5pm at Erina Leagues Club, the AFCC is delighted to welcome French Books on Wheels! They are a not-for-profit organisation that travels around Australia promoting French culture through books, magazines and films. Roslyn, one of our members, will also be hosting a French conversation workshop from 12 to 3pm.
2019 French Caledonia trip. We are now looking for expressions of interest.
Please contact Patricia using the details provided below:
So Ary tell us about you. Where are you from and how long have you been president of the AFCC for?
You might say I came out of nowhere. I had been in AFCC only a few months, when after the AGM the elections took place. The president at the time decided to resign and yours truly was duly elected. It was probably was my own fault, because I found that a monthly meeting was not enough if you wanted to have a reasonable chance to practice. So I organized a Meetup to alternate with the AFCC meeting.
That was in February 2014. I found there was a reason that the former president wanted to get out: Paris had decided that only Capital cities Alliances would be supported from then on, so we had to reorganize. It meant writing a new Constitution, organizing our own insurance, dealing with ACNC and the Tax Department. So, a lot of work. Having spent 15 years in Toastmasters and being on the executive there for 14 of those, and president for 3, I was not entirely unprepared.
In those 4 years the committee has reorganized the Rendez-vous to have 3 separate groups, previously there was just one. I noticed that native French speaking visitors did not find much to enjoy, so they did not come back. That was the start of Club Causerie to have an informal setting for them and for the more advanced speakers. We also organized a banner, a waterproof Marquee, table with tri-colour cover for expos, to name a few. Of course, as a committee member we work as a collective in our decision making.
When and where did you start speaking French and what is the story behind?
French was a compulsory subject at school. By the time I was 13 I discovered during holidays that it was actually useful, because you could communicate with people from other countries in their Language. I soon had built up a collection of pen friends in England, France and Germany. Later I spent 3 months in Auvergne when I was in the Army. It resulted in another pen-friend, a retired French teacher. I lost contact with all of them when I was travelling around Australia.
Any particular memory of France or somewhere in France you cherish?
From what I have seen I liked Normandie, I got as far as St Malo in Bretagne. I have passed through the Vosges, which struck me as a rather poor area.
What tips would you give to beginners starting to speak French?
I would watch TV5Monde via Internet (http://www.tv5monde.com/). Under the heading “Apprendre le Français” you find a series of programmes graded according to ability (A1, A2, B1, B2).
These are accompanied by transcriptions in French, Double-clicking on a word gives the translation in your nominated language. These programmes are organized by the Alliance Française.
Any address on the Coast where you find French treats/restaurant/culture?
No idea, I don’t live on the Coast. Well, at least we had the Alliance Française Film festival in Avoca Beach theatre.
(Editor’s note: we recommend Ludo’s Gourmet Kitchen for French patisseries, they are based in Avoca Beach, http://www.ludos.com.au/ and Le Chat Noir, a French Restaurant based in Terrigal, http://www.lechatnoir.com.au/)
We enjoyed a fantastic AFCC Easter Picnic on Sunday at Avoca Beach.
The weather was terribly hot, but it couldn’t be a better place be than at our picnic. We were comfortably sitting in the shades of tall trees and a beautiful breeze from the water was keeping us nicely cool.
The food was yummy and all of it was very friendly… everybody enjoyed and probably few more will follow us to the next one.
The AFCC Summer Gazette is now available for download.
This month AFCC held a Melbourne Cup Lunch at the Cheeky Charlie’s where Ladies could get out their fascinators and the gents their “Chapeaux”.