East Grinstead

German Conversation

German Conversation Group

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

The members of the German Conversation group all have good comprehension of spoken and written German. Most group members speak German fluently. Participants prepare themselves for each meeting by way of a German text which I find on the internet (ie. latest news in Germany, current affairs). I send out 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. We sometimes consult a German Dictionary or look up facts on Google. On the whole all group members speak happily in German and understand mostly what is talked about. But above all, we have lots of fun, enjoy each other's company and the tea and biscuits!

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!

The German Conversation group consists of about 10 members who attend more or less regularly. We meet fortnightly, from 15:00h to 16:30h at a private venue.

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

Cost: 50pence attendance fee for U3A, 30pence contribution for refreshments, printouts, stationery, etc.

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