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Croissants, baguette, confiture, beurre, café au lait… 

Our holiday breakfast will take place on Friday December 21 and exceptionally last from 7:30 to 9:00. Please let us know if you are planning to attend this one so that we can organize the space accordingly. Thank you!

We will then take a break for 2 weeks and resume on January 11th.

Date: Every Friday from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. unless we have sent an announcement to cancel. Please make sure you are on our mailing list.
Location: The Language Exchange - 75 Market Street, Suite 305, Portland. 
Moderator: Valerie Guillet

Whether you just had your first French class last week or speak fluently -- perhaps you are visiting from Québec or Marseille? -- if you would like to speak French more than once a week and in a non-classroom setting, consider making these gatherings every time you are in town. They will soon become the highlight of your week and you won't want to miss them!

Le PETIT DEJEUNER has been meeting once a week (on various days) since 1996; out of the 52 weeks comprised in a year, we meet approximately 40 to 45 times after we have accounted for snow cancellations, holidays or your hostess’s traveling days. Therefore, the amount that we are now asking you to invest on a yearly basis is of great value and affords you guarantied fun conversations -- or at least highly animated ones, great company, and by far the strongest coffee in town! In addition, those of you who have been coming with regularity know that an extra hour of conversational practice outside of class, during which any and all topics can surface, is a great way to improve your ability to understand spoken French and communicate when put on the spot.

On any given week between 7:30 and 8:30 am (pour les retardataires), ten to twenty people gather around a large conference room table where cups, plates, and napkins await. Coffee and tea essentials are available and a strong coffee aroma has already spread throughout the school. New comers are first welcomed and "interrogated" -- indeed, why on earth would you get up this early for a cup of strong coffee (organic French roast from CBD and French style... pas de jus de chaussettes ici!) -- and all others are greeted with a casual "Ah! Marie/Norrie/Jean-Pierre/Robert/Joan/Madame Framboise! Ça va? Quoi de neuf?" and off it goes. Whatever comes up will be discussed, analyzed, criticized, joked about, made fun of, agreed with, and also... CORRECTED! The French language police are out early and with bionic ears do not let anything slide by! We mostly laugh a lot and can't wait for the following week after we feel caught up on everyone's news and on any city or worldly occurrence worth our attention.  

We ask that you bring food items to share whenever possible (not to feed an army! just a croissant or two, or an apple!) and strongly encourage that you visit Standard Baking Co. for the best croissants in town but if you have another favorite bakery... by all means, introduce us to its products! 

Coffee, tea, cream (c/o Madame Demi-demi), sugar, jam, and butter are provided. 

Price
- 1st visit: always FREE of charge. We want to encourage you to try it and see for yourself if that is the right environment for you.
- Yearly membership (begins and ends in September): $50. Come as often as you'd like.
- Occasional participation: $5/visit. We ask that you bring your payment the morning of your visit. 

And if you can't quite afford it, don't let it stop you. Come and visit, and we will chat.

We look forward to seeing you at breakfast very soon!





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