Russia, the Russian language and culture is something that I have always been fascinated with. Since Yuri Gagarin stepped into his Spaceship Vostok 1 , Russia has always been there for me as a wonder, a mysterious secret and a passion.
I am trying out our methods of language learning on myself as I spend the next month, working, living and studying in Russia.
BIENVENUE, BIENVENIDO, WILKOMMEN, BIENVENUTO, Добро пожаловать,
A big welcome to all of our members for the next stage of our projects with;
Café Pierre Languages.
Back in May, a group of our learners visited the beautiful French city of Bourges in the ancient region of le Berry.
We have a very strong partnership with Sylvia, Isabel, Mandy , Marie Noelle and the team at IMEP.
Our partnership was strengthened with agreement for a new Partnariat linguistique.
Plans are under way already for a trip to Bourges May 2019.
Susana Aldao, Jesus, the team and our Spanish partners at LA ESCUELA DE LENGUAS in La Coruňa , GALICIA are expecting a group in October 2018. Planning is under way and information will be posted very soon.
Our partners in Germany are the Volkshochschule in Oberhausen which is Middlesbrough’s Twin town.
A preliminary visit was made in February 2018 and we are hoping to visit Oberhausen in February 2019. Good contacts have been made with Carsten and Dorothee.
Of course a very strong link is also made with the city of Kostroma in Russia.
Olga , Natalia and I are working together August 2018 to develop the partnership.
Tomorrow, Saturday 7th April 2018, I set off on my way to Kostroma in Russia. It is my fifth visit to Russia and to Kostroma. Durham County Council and Kostroma Oblast have had a partnership spanning an amazing 50 years. I am involved with a visit that involves volunteer English teachers, some retired and some still practicing like myself.
50 years ago, I was a 12 year old boy watching the strangest, the most exciting, the most dangerous, the most bizarre events the world has ever seen. The space race. It wasn’t science fiction and it wasn’t some false / fake news story. It happened and it was happening as I grew up in my little town in the North East of England, Middlesbrough.
Yuri Gagarin was a superstar, an international fact, not just a member of the Russian Air Force, a real hero. 50 years of this partnership is a real achievement, considering the differences and the issues surrounding our two nations. The Cold War, The Berlin Wall, not to mention today’s political challenges.
50 years ago, England were the champions of the world, I had seen my first ever football match at Ayresome Park, Russia v North Korea and the greatest ever goalkeeper, ‘The Black Panther’, Lev Yashin, famous for wearing his flat cap. In fact Yashin didn’t play in this game, but he was part of the squad.
Watch our Facebook page @cafepierrelanguages to experience Russia in 2018.
17 students of Spanish from Café Pierre languages enjoyed a Spanish workshop, [el taller] in Middlesbrough. Guests included nos amigos, Luis y Victoria de Barcelona, Anita our Linguistic Guru! Sohara from Ceuta and last but not least, el impostorLes our 82 year old student from Hartlepool.
Students and guests tested ‘la tortilla famosa de Pedro‘and had to name the 15 ingredients in Spanish and guess how many eggs were used in the recipe for the event.
STUDENTS CAME FROM SPANISH CLASSES IN HARTLEPOOL, SKELTON, MIDDLESBROUGH, NORMANBY, YARM AND SOUTH SHIELDS.
Dates for the next monthly workshops are; Reservation is essential @ £10 per person.