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Old Nov 18th 2022, 11:20 pm
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Hi, new member and first time posting. Hope I'm in the right place. I live in France, my spoken French is awful. Lovely neighbours, but some time I just want an English natter! French soirees leave me totally brain dead after 2 or 3 hours. Starting to feel a bit reclusive. Happily married but totally different experience for my other half as he's busy with work. Thanks for any suggestions.
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Old Nov 19th 2022, 10:16 pm
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Whereabouts are you? Have you looked at the list of "associations" that are active locally, are there groups any specifically for, or that are likely to attract English speakers? You should be able to find a list of associations online or at the mairie, 'la vie associative' is an important part of life in most communes.. Look at the organisers for English names. Even if you're not sure whether you would want to take up the activity long term - painting or keep fit or hiking or whatever the group is about - it can be a good way to meet new people that you might strike up a friendship with. Although it does depend on there being anglophones living locally.
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First suggestion would be(and I am not be sarky) is to learn French in a structured way.This will mean that you will need to do something on a daily basis.In addition you could look at volunteering in your area>Have you any hobbies or interests? You can find clubs volunteering associations etc by asking at your Mairie.My wife is not a natural linguist but she took some lessons and she also joined the local patchwork club as she has an interest in textiles and her French came on leaps and bounds.
If you could say where you are there may be people local to you either Francophones or Anglophones
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I do sympathise with the poster though because no matter how good your French is, there's also the effort of bridging the cultural gap. Sometimes especially for people of a certain age who like to reminisce about the good old days now and again I think it's therapeutic to have a natter with someone from the same cultural background where you don't have to explain what Carnaby Street was all about, or Top of the Pops, or the Mecca, or teenyboppers, or (if you're a girl) Babycham and Cherry B, or MGBGTs, or Monty Python, or the miners' strike, or whatever the icons of Pandora's formative years were - if the 1962 is her birth year then she's the other end of my generation. So yes, of course it's important to improve your French and socialise, but it's not necessarily ever going to be a complete substitute for chatting with other Brits occasionally if that's what you crave.

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The OP seems to live in 17400
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The OP seems to live in 17400
About 1 hr from La Rochelle.
I'm sure La Rochelle has English people get together, not sure how to find them though but maybe having a Google search might give results.
Anyone any idea ?
I am about 45 min in the other direction but in the middle of moving house and lots of work to be done in the house (which we can agree is complicated in France).
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Originally Posted by Pandora1962
Hi, new member and first time posting. Hope I'm in the right place. I live in France, my spoken French is awful. Lovely neighbours, but some time I just want an English natter! French soirees leave me totally brain dead after 2 or 3 hours. Starting to feel a bit reclusive. Happily married but totally different experience for my other half as he's busy with work. Thanks for any suggestions.
Well Pandora, you've certainly gone and opened the box now.........
But seriously, what tv do you watch? Mostly satelite and in English? If so, the best suggestion I would make is to watch/listen to the news, weather forcasts etc in French. It turned out to be a life-saver for me initially and helped to get 'tuned-in' to the language. Of course I understood very little at first but after a week or so one gets to connect with many popular words and phrases.
I recall the first time I went into a cinema in France around 1969, to see a film everyone was talking about (can't now remember the title, possibly Midnight Cowboy). I sat through the film and although enjoyable I understood no more than 1% of the dialogue and on exiting my head was spinning. But what an experience! That motivated me to get more audio-visual lessons from watching french tv, and things gradually developed from there. Today of course one is spoilt for choice with YouTube lessons and the like, but as others have already mentioned, you also must get out and practise with the locals.
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I don't think OP doesn't want to put an effort talking French, she just wants a break every now and then.
I fully understand. Being Flemish speaking myself, the first day I was surrounded by only English speakers I was exhausted.
I remember meeting a woman from Holland and I was so happy to be able to talk without thinking !
It took me a long time to feel comfortable speaking English the whole day.

Yesterday, for the first time in a long time, I met an English lady and strangely enough, it was wonderful speaking English again even though I was mixing up the languages
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OP never came back ? English chat was not that needed after all ?
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Right enough. The rudeness of some people boggles my mind.
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Well we tried to help... and maybe she read the advice and found it useful.
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On the bright side ... I moved house (again) hoping this will be the one !
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On the bright side ... I moved house (again) hoping this will be the one !
Wanna tell us about your new house? Where it is, what you love about it?
I could do with hearing about something nice..
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Wanna tell us about your new house? Where it is, what you love about it?
I could do with hearing about something nice..

Thanks for asking !
It's in Saujon 17600 and the location I want, close to the centre but not in the noise !
We have the same age and she needs many repairs, as do I ...

No, it's lovely, exactly the m2 I wanted and searched for.
Now I'll be surrounded by plumbers, electricians etc for a few weeks (I hope), new kitchen and bathroom, spending far too much,
and then finally the "settle down feeling".
About time, after 12 years of feeling a bit lost.
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Thanks for asking !
It's in Saujon 17600 and the location I want, close to the centre but not in the noise !
We have the same age and she needs many repairs, as do I ...

No, it's lovely, exactly the m2 I wanted and searched for.
Now I'll be surrounded by plumbers, electricians etc for a few weeks (I hope), new kitchen and bathroom, spending far too much,
and then finally the "settle down feeling".
About time, after 12 years of feeling a bit lost.
That sounds lovely. I don't know where Saujon is but I will look at a map. Happy housewarming, it's great that the two of you found each other and I hope you take care of each other and live happily ever after
I am also close to a town centre but in a little quiet ruelle that nobody goes down, but the house is around 300 years older than I am... it made me feel quite young when I said that!
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