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When you join French Ignition, you'll be able to choose from a wide assortement of opportunities to speak French and enjoy French culture.
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Even if you are a complete beginner, French Ignition has a group tailored to your needs. You will get
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We hold events in Glasgow every week
Do you love to read? Why not come along to our cafe litteraire?
Why not meet with us to enjoy French films at our new Cinema Club? This group is free and open to everyone.
We also offer a wide range of exciting social events. Simply choose your events and come along. It's a great way to meetup with new people!
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The French Ignition Blog
A bit of French conversation about Aix-en-ProvencePublished on Tuesday 9th of February 2016 by Valerie
As the French Ignition trip to Aix-en-Provence is approaching, how about finding out a bit more about the place? Let's start with a bit of geography and history. Aix-en-Provence is 33km from Marseille and surrounded by the Trevaresse mountain range in the West and the famous montagne Sainte Victoire in the east, immortalised by Cezanne's painting. Various rivers cross the region from West to East which has earned Aix-en-Provence its reputation as a thermal resort. Like…
La Famille Belier, the film at the centre of last year's every French conversationPublished on Tuesday 26th of January 2016 by Valerie
When 'La Famille Belier' came out on the French screens in December 2014, it was the topic of many French conversation. Was it the best film you could ever see? Probably not. But add to it a bit of the Christmas spirit, a good dose of French popular music nostalgia and a mix of humour and tenderness and you get the secret of its success. The story is fairly simple: Sixteen year old Paula's family are…
French conversation over a festive tablePublished on Thursday 24th of December 2015 by Valerie
It is well known: The French way of life is mostly about good French conversation, wine and food! Christmas and New Year provide the best opportunity to engage in all three. Unlike our British counterpart, the celebration starts on the 24th of December for le reveillon de Noel (Christmas eve) and continues on Christmas day. The whole operation is of course repeated on the 31st of December and 1st of January, thus leaving enough time in…
French conversation: A pre-Christmas tour of FrancePublished on Sunday 20th of December 2015 by Valerie
A pre-Christmas French conversation: A little tour of France at the festive period…
As the Christmas trees light up in France and across the world, what makes a Christmas typically French? Christmas markets, family, presents and food of course!
Like most countries celebrating Christmas, the run-up period is full of exciting promises. Let's start our French conversation with Paris. Not because it's the capital but because it is the place I grew up in and know…
French conversation under the starsPublished on Friday 25th of September 2015 by Valerie
What could be better after some good French conversation than to go for some star-gazing? That is exactly what some French Ignition members did last Wednesday at the Glasgow University observatory. After a few wrong turns, we finally found ourselves in a suitably deserted high point of the campus with a view over Maryhill and beyond. Not exactly high-tech I may add… The old fashion observatory dome looked like it had been built a few centuries…
Learn French through the art of wine tastingPublished on Wednesday 9th of September 2015 by Valerie
How do you like your French wine? Are you a sip on it type or a drink it slowly but steadily type? Our French and Canadian experts from Oddbins, Ben and Pierre, certainly set us straight when it comes to the art of wine tasting. At the end of their presentation, which was conducted in French (with some translation for those who were a bit less fluent), smelling, swirling and tasting wine held no more secrets.…
Learning French vocabulary can be fun!Published on Thursday 2nd of April 2015 by Valerie
Learning French means learning new vocabulary as it is an essential part of any language acquisition and will increase your confidence when you engage in French conversation. However, it doesn't have to be hard labour. If you've conjured up a mental picture of you setting time aside to relentlessly commit to memory a dry, long list of new French words, it's time to change that picture to something much more fun. Here is how you can…
French conversation over a good raclettePublished on Sunday 8th of March 2015 by Valerie
Nothing beats a raclette on a cold winter night! Add to it a few bottles of wine and you've got a winning recipe for a good French conversation, regardless of how fluent your French is. This is exactly what happened when the 15 of us headed out to Chalet Beaumartin in the West-End of Glasgow to sample one of their delicious raclette accompanied by unlimited potatoes and pickled gherkins.
Originally, the raclette comes from the French-speaking…
La Galette des RoisPublished on Friday 16th of January 2015 by Valerie
Any opportunity not to let the festive season fade away to soon... And what could be better than doing just that the French way with an authentic Galette des Rois!
From the 6th of January to the end of the month, French families gather to share the galette, a French almond based cake with a small ceramic favour (feve in French) hidden inside. Whoever finds it becomes king or queen and there's a crown to go…
La semaine du goutPublished on Thursday 30th of October 2014 by Valerie
And very tasty it was too! Creme brulee aux trois fromages, boeuf bourguignon accompanied by pommes de terre Dauphinoise and to finish it all, the most fantastic creme brulee a la lavande. Our taste buds were definitely tickled in all the right places. It was 'la semaine du gout' in France and French Ignition could not resist bringing a taste of it to its members.
Started in France by Philippe Tomber in 1990, 'la semaine du…
Voyage a ParisPublished on Wednesday 15th of October 2014 by Valerie
Early morning on the 9th of October and we all gathered at Glasgow International airport, full of anticipation if somewhat still glazzy eyed from the early rise. Luckily, it was only a short flight to Paris and not long before we could enjoy a well earned French lunch while sitting at the terrasse of a French café. Everyone took the time to settle in their French apartment before the evening entertainment: A dinner-cruise on the river…
Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrive!Published on Thursday 21st of November 2013 by Valerie
TO LEARN FRENCH IS SO MUCH EASIER WITH A GLASS OF BEAUJOLAIS NOUVEAU!
Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrive - November 2013
It's the time of year every wine connoisseur awaits with impatience : The arrival of the Beaujolais nouveau. And when it came out, French Ignition treated its members to a very special wine tasting event at The Bistro Beaumartin.
The Beaujolais nouveau is produced in the Beaujolais region of France. It uses a specific fermentation…
Beginners listening skills to improve your French conversation Published on Tuesday 30th of November 1999 by Valerie
French conversation is a two-way process whereby receiving the language is as important as producing it. Although the Net is an incredible resource when it comes to hearing spoken French, it can be a bit daunting for French language learners to sieve through hundred of material. To make matters worst, a vast amount of listening material is delivered at normal French speed and this can often be off-putting. So here are a few ideas and websites…
Intermediate and advanced listening skills to improve your French conversation Published on Tuesday 30th of November 1999 by Valerie
This article is a follow-up from the previous one but this time, with intermediate and advanced levels in mind. How can I work on my listening skills in order to improve my French conversation is one of the most frequently asked questions. This makes perfect sense considering that listening and talking are two sides of the same coin when it comes to French conversation. Whilst the Internet provides an abundance of listening opportunities, it can often…
French conversation with a taste of AlgeriaPublished on Tuesday 30th of November 1999 by Valerie
Nothing gets a French conversation going like the titillating of taste buds. A few weeks ago, French Ignition organised a Algerian cooking demonstration and food tasting at Studio 93, in the West-End of Glasgow. The event was a great success and the venue was superb. Our French native speaker and Algerian-born Nadjia did a fantastic job demonstrating her cooking skills to the 16 people assembled there.
Okay, Algerian cooking isn't French cooking but with a strong…
French conversation: The Auld Alliance in Aix en ProvencePublished on Tuesday 30th of November 1999 by Valerie
On the 23rd of September, Edinburgh airport was swarmed with a group of French Ignition members jetting off to Aix en Provence for a French exchange. Here is Moira's account of their big adventure:
La Nouvelle "Auld Alliance"
Vendredi le 23 septembre, nous onze Ecossais courageux sommes arrivés à l'aéroport de Marseille pour le commencement d'un séjour inoubliable. Huit Français courageux nous ont accueillis chez eux dans le village de Villelaure à 25km d'Aix-en-Provence, pour trois…