Promoting French Culture and Language
in the Greater Lynchburg Area for over 50 Years

March 30, 2014

Message from Francoise Watts, President of the Alliance Française de Lynchburg

Chers amis !

   As I know you love to read about France, I recommend a book that I found delightful: French Impressions by John S. Littell (New American Library, 2000). It is the story of the adventures of an American family in the South of France in the 1950s.  Mary and Frank set off for Paris on an ocean liner with their two young sons. They arrive in the town of Montpellier, where they spent one hilarious and unforgettable year. I hope you will love the book as much as I did!

   Lots of students of French from all our colleges will be at the French Film Festival in Richmond March 28-30. It is a fantastic cultural event, a true immersion in French language and culture for a week end. I will tell you about it in our next newsletter! May be you should try to go sometime!  For one day, Saturday would be the day I would choose, but arrive very early morning.

   Some good news: classes have started with Rachel Nablo as instructor.  Classes are held at AREVA on Wednesdays for 10 weeks. Proceeds will support our cultural activities.  If you are interested in learning  or continuing to learn French, click here to express your interest and help us make it happen.

   We really need to thank Elaine Jackson for her many years on the board of Alliance Française. Elaine wrote for us a beautiful and rich newsletter that made us look so good! With her we could brag about all our activities. Elaine is a true Francophile and Alliance Française meant a lot to her and Myles. Both also meant a lot to all of us at Alliance Française. Merci!

   Let’s meet again around dinner or the book club!

A bientôt,


March 10, 2014

Update: French Class Forming Now - first class March 19

Update: the class it's filling quickly, so we are starting a waiting list. Please use the RSVP link below to hon the waiting list or to express interest in upcoming classes.

Want to Learn French?

We're offering an advanced beginners French class on Wednesday evenings from 6-7:30, starting March 19, at the AREVA office on Old Forest Road.

This course is designed to provide novice French students with fundamental skills in listening, speaking, reading, and writing French.  Some cultural information about France and Francophone countries will also be introduced.  This ten-week course will allow students to expand upon basic vocabulary and grammar, as well as useful phrases, through which they will develop communicative competency in French.  Prior experience in French is not required.  If you do have previous experience in French, this class will help you practice and enhance your skills.

Tuition: $175

We intend to offer more classes in the future.  This is just the beginning!  If you are interested in higher level classes, your expression of interest will help us in knowing what classes to offer.

March 3, 2014

Test your knowledge of colloquial phrases

How do you translate?

  • Rule of thumb
  • Spoiler alert
  • From the horse's mouth
  • Amount to a hill of beans
  • All the bells and whistles
  • Wet behind the ears
  • Devil's advocate
  • Spill the beans
  • Go viral
  • High five

Et comment traduire?
  • Froid de canard
  • Rhume carabine
  • Raz le bol
  • Casser les pieds
  • Perdre les pédales