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.
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/)
Bon voyage à nos étudiants qui sont partis pour un voyage-études en Nouvelle Calédonie.
We hope you are having a great time and you come back with an even greater enthusiasm for the French Language and culture.
A new edition of La Gazette is available for download.
Our President, Ary, has collated a number of French film reviews. All AFCC members can borrow these French movies from our Médiathèque.
Follow the links to explore:
Adele Blanc Sec http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1179025/reviews
(Les aventures extraordinaires d’Adele Blanc-Sec)
Another woman’life http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1817191/
(La vie d’une autre)
Beautiful Lies http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1529569/
(De vrais mensonges)
Café de Flore http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1550312/
Change of Plans http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1193088/
(Le code a changé
Dans Paris http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0769508/
Happiness never comes alone (Eng) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1872880/
Un bonheur jamais arrives seule (Fr) http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1872880/
Hunting and Gathering http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0792965/
(Ensemble c’est tout)
(Comme un chef)
L’élégant criminel http://www.rottentomatoes.com/m/lelegant_criminel/
Le fabuleux destin d’Amélie Polain http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0211915/
Love crime http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1459012/
Marie-Jo and her two loves http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0293401/
(Marie Jo et ses deux amours)
Monsieur Batignole http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291400/
My afternoons with Margueritte http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0291400/
(La tête en friche)
My mother’s castle http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099266/
(Le chateau de ma mère)
Outside the Law http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0099266/
(Hors la loi)
Paris je t’aime http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0401711/
(Hors de prix)
Romantics Anonymous http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1565958/
(Les émotifs anonymes)
Rust and Bone http://www.imdb.com/title/tt2053425/
(De rouille et d’os)
Summer Hours http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0836700/
Tell No-one http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0362225/
(Ne le dis à personne)
The Concert http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1320082/
The Perfect Date http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1560993/
(L’amour c’est mieux à deux)
The Singer http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0464828/
(Quand j’étais Chanteur)
The story of my life http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0383025/
(Mensonges et trahisons et plus si affinités)
The women on the sixth Floor http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1805297/
(Les femmes du 6e étage)
Therèse Desqueyroux http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1654829/
The Alliance Française de la Côte Centrale now has a Facebook page!
Please feel free to like us and join in the conversation. We will be posting most of our Web site content through the Facebook page. Voila!
Applications for our inaugural AFCC study tour are now closed.
11 students have signed up, plus a couple of extra people for “moral support” or simply to enjoy a week in this beautiful francophone island.
Flights are booked, deposits paid and the study course representatives in Nouméa are currently organising our hotel or home stay accommodation.
We are all very excited that the trip is going ahead and can’t wait till September!
In order to cater for native French speakers, as well as advanced French speakers in general, we now offer at our monthly rendez-vous the opportunity to simply come together for a chat.
We have given this the name “Club Causerie”. This opportunity will be available starting at our next regular meeting on October 11, 2014.
Désormais, à chaque réunion, les Francophones et ceux qui sont confiants auront le choix de se mettre en petit groupe afin de causer ensemble.