East Grinstead

German Conversation

Group Leader/Convener - Marianne Greenwood T: 01342 322004, M: 07710 277934

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic and lock down we have been conducting our group meetings via Zoom.

The members of the German Conversation group all have good comprehension of spoken and written German and group members speak German fluently. Participants prepare themselves for each meeting by way of a German text which either I or one of the group members find on the internet (ie. latest news in Germany, current affairs). Group members take turns and volunteer to find an interesting text which they submit to me so I can send it out (sometimes as an edited) version by email to the group members a few days before each meeting.

At the meeting we then read the text together and discuss the issues. I may correct pronunciation and occasionally the grammar. If members of the group do not understand certain aspects, phrases or single words, I try and explain these together with contributions of other group members. Sometimes we consult a German Dictionary or look up facts on Google. On the whole all group members speak happily in German and understand what is talked about. But above all, we have lots of fun and enjoy each other's company, even if it's just virtual company!

Born and educated in Germany, I came to live in Sussex in 1973, and have been living in East Grinstead since 1975. I come from a very large family. So after all these years my links to my country of birth are still strong. I travel to Germany frequently, mostly to visit my many relatives. My children were born in Sussex and raised bi-lingually. Our main language within the family was German until the children left home! Their partners don't speak German and sadly my grandchildren now don't speak German either. This means that the main language in the family is now English.

The German Conversation group consists of 6 members who now regularly attend our fortnightly Zoom Meetings on a Monday from 14:30h to 16:00h.

New members are welcome. But any person joining this group needs to have a good level of German language skills.

Due to the group meeting as Zoom meetings the contribution for cost has been suspended for the time being.

Cost: 50pence attendance fee for u3a, 30pence contribution for refreshments, printouts, stationery, etc.

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