Carolyn says that having the French Yahoo site pop up each day encourages her to read in her language of study regularly. She also says that the language is a little simpler here than it is at some other foreign language sites she’s perused. Another thing she enjoys are the short interviews that can be downloaded, played and replayed to practice listening skills and master comprehension.
Marcia Bailey recommends learning a foreign language using songs like those on Musica Italiana: http://italiasempre.com/verita/mp3_1.htm . When you click on a song, it is played and sung in Italian. What a lovely way to learn! Anybody know of a site like this in French or Spanish?
The Lied and Arts Song Text website has text versions of thousands of songs in our three languages (and more). You can find it at http://www.recmusic.org/lieder/
Other members suggest children’s songs as a great way to build vocabulary and practice speaking. Check out http://ingeb.org/catfr.html and there you’ll find songs in our languages (and the English translation as well).
If you have learning tips like these to share, send them to Dalene Bradford at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share them with the group.
As usual, the schedule of events for the next two months is listed at the end of the newsletter. However, we wanted to draw special attention to our “spring break.” Classes will not be held on Friday, March 23, 2007.
Then tell your department chair. Contact information is available in the Livret.
Do you want to expand on your La Causerie learning with a private tutor? Whether you’ve fallen a bit behind,or are really motivated to get ahead, local tutors are available to help you out.
Here is a list of some tutors who are available to work with
you (for a fee, of course). You can also ask any of our teachers (some of whom
are listed). Check your Livret for
contact information or ask an officer for help locating them.
Our own Nina Mehta-Young tutors at her house in
Native speaker, La Causerie prof
(and UMKC Italian professor) Tiziano Cherubini tutors at his apartment.
LCF member Dawn Mattera Young offers Italian tutoring at an agreeable place (such as a library).
LCF professora Martha Penaherrera offers tutoring in Spanish at an agreeable place.
LCF member Chris Kline offers tutoring in French.
Kate White, former LCF professeur, offers tutoring in French. Kate also does court interpreting and translation.
On Friday, April 27 La Causerie will hold its Annual Business Meeting, including election of officers for the upcoming year.
We are seeking interested members to assume roles on the board. It is always good to have new energy in our leadership and several current board members have served full terms of office.
If you are willing to serve on the board, please let one of our board members know. You can find the list of current officers later in the newsletter.
The Seville Committee of Sister City Association in collaboration with the UMKC Foreign Languages Department presents the IV Spanish Film Festival, featuring Classics of the Spanish Cinema.
All films are show in Spanish with English subtitles. They are free and open to the public.
are shown at UMKC,
February 11 “Carmen”
February 18 “
February 25 “Demonios en el jardin” (Demons in the Garden”
March 4 “Sal gorda” (Coarse Salt)
Each week Veronica Bergonzoni sets up for classes at the church. It’s a big job that goes much easier when a couple of volunteers pitch in. She has a special need for help on February 23 and March 16 when she will be out of town.
Please let Veronica know when you can help. You can sign up at the coffee service table or contact her using information in your Livret.
Française follows the
Feb. 9 Classes Meet Spanish Program at Noon (TBA)
Feb. 16 Classes Meet French Program at Noon (TBA)
Feb 23 Classes meet Italian Program at Noon (TBA)
March 2 Classes meet
March 9 Classes Meet Spanish program (TBA)
March 16 Classes meet French Program (TBA)
March 23 Spring break—No classes held
March 30 classes meet Italian Program (TBA)
Is there a facilities issue you want to report?
Then please tell a board member, rather than someone who works at the church. The church asks that La Causerie issues, suggestions and requests be funneled through Inez.