Bristol

Italian Conversation, Fishponds

What For people with some Italian who'd like to improve their ability through conversation, in a friendly and welcoming group.

When Alternate Wednesday afternoons.

Where At the Cross Hands pub in Fishponds, at the top end of Fishponds Road where the road divides. To the left is Downend Road and to the right is Staple Hill Road.

The group will be for speakers of Italian who are past Beginners level and have a good understanding of spoken Italian but would like to improve their speaking skills. It is quite a large group, and we aim to encourage and help each other with vocabulary and grammar. Conversation is spontaneous and varied, with nothing prepared beforehand. I am not a teacher, I am a speaker of Italian who often does not speak it to a high grammatical level! I believe the most important thing is to be able to communicate. Italians are very forgiving towards those who make mistakes and are thrilled to hear foreigners making an effort. They will often gently correct you.

So, there will be no formal grammar taught and no preparation of topics to read out to the group. We may use role play. The conversation should be spontaneous, as if we are sitting around a table, with good food and wine, having conversations about any topic. Very much as the Italians do.

We will help each other to find out words we don't know and hopefully, the correct grammar. We need to put fun into learning and using what is a beautiful language.

(There are currently no spaces in the group, but do contact the convener or the language coordinator - via Contacts page - to go on the waiting list.)

For further info, and to check that there's space for new members, click on 'send a message' above to contact the convener.

Contact before coming; a couple of shallow steps; limited on-street parking; 2-5 mins to bus stops - 48 and 49 buses stop at Straites Parade.

Updated 24/7/18 KP

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