Archive for April, 2012

Several groups, although enthusiastic, are still very small and URGENTLY WELCOME more members.

Wednesday, April 11th, 2012

Monday Merry Mix

MMM is celebrating its first anniversary.  During last year the group grew a lot, started with only four members after a year ten people meet regularly. The group not only meets to speak English, but also to cook together.

February 2012; from left to right: Marie-Louise, Nathalie, Anna, Corinne and Chie

February 2012; from left to right: Marie-Louise, Nathalie, Anna, Corinne and Chie

New members of the group; Noriko, Yukari, Dorte, Sanne, Nagomi

New members of the group; Noriko, Yukari, Dorte, Sanne, Nagomi

Sushi making class

Sushi making class

Making tempura; Yukari, Corinne and Zuzana

Making tempura; Yukari, Corinne and Zuzana

Beautiful tempura lunch; Noriko, Marie-Louise and Zuzana

Beautiful tempura lunch; Noriko, Marie-Louise and Zuzana

LES PAPILLONS D’AFRIQUE

is a mixed group of charming, chatty and lively ladies (guys are invited, but don’t seem to cope with the pace) that are trying to improve their French language knowledge ….. mainly on the verbal side !!! New members as well as some new ideas are always welcome.  We meet every second Wednesday evening from 18h30 to 21h00 at alternating homes where the hostess supplies a little snack. At the moment we are reading and practicing from a school book. All done at a very easy-going level – everybody adds their bit of knowledge, be it pronunciation – translation – grammar or just general knowledge.  We always have fun und leave feeling good which might also be due to the red wine. Obviously it is not only theory we try to practice, but also a bit of French ‘savoir vivre’.   Au revoir et à bientôt

The Chinese Group meets on Saturday afternoons

Melanie He, new from Beijing, wrote an e-mail saying she would love to meet South Africans who would help her improve her English.

In return she would aid them with English conversation.

A photo in the Sandton Chronicle of Melanie (holding the poster) together with some of the applicants that Rhona dug out from her waiting list which dates from 1997, was the beginning of the Chinese group that meets on Saturday afternoons.

074 339 1072

The Italian group that meets on Monday mornings

Cosmopolitano, a friendly little group which meets on Monday mornings welcomes more members- especially mother tongue speakers.

Here they are seen with two African language teachers.

Sophia Turner (seated left) and Elsbeth Barrow (standing left) are the conveners.

083 601 4426

Russian Matryoshka

Resourceful Iga Sudyka, our vice president, is a model of tolerance and intercultural understanding.She studied the most unpopular languages in her native Poland at the time – Russian and German – and gained honors degrees in both.Yearning for freedom, she staged a hair raising escape from the Communist regime and landed in South Africa in 1980.Here she started a German language school, which she still runs, and when she heard of Lingo Links, she saw a way of keeping her Russian alive.But where to find members? A visit to the Orthodox Church in Midrand was the first step towards the little group called Matryoshka after the popular wooden dolls that stack.She speaks fluent Afrikaans and finds time to participate in Spanish and French conversation circles, languages that she says she is still trying to master.

011 704 3426;  082 3446521

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Coccinelles ( Wednesday am French/English circle)

Coccinelles (ladybirds), one of the oldest groups, slowly shrank after the sad and sudden passing away in 2010 of Susanne Kausch, who had been convener for many years.

After a year in recess, Coccinelles has regrouped and now meets on Thursday mornings.

The Coccinelles celebrating Xmas in 2009. The late Susanne Kausch in the center in orange.

The Coccinelles celebrating Xmas in 2009. The late Susanne Kausch in the center in orange.