Buying fresh honey at the market in Kostroma
A Ratatouille of Courgette and Pumpkin from the Dacha
Ingredients fresh from the Dacha for Roast vegetables and a Tomato and garlic jus.
Chanterelles with blini
A young student tucking into a Cheese soup
Fricassée of Chanterelle with cracked potatoes, Guess where from? Yes the Dacha.
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.
Follow my Blog here. Peter’s Blog. To see how it goes.
St Petersburg 2018
I am heading out to Russia at the end of August and will return to the UK, ready to start the Autumn term. September 21st.
Therefore here are the start dates for our programme.
Monday 24th September. FRENCH, MINFIKA Tea and Coffee House Normanby. 11:15-12:45
Monday 24th September. SPANISH, MINFIKA Tea and COffee House. 13:00-14:30
Monday 24th September. GERMAN, MMX, Corporation Road. 19:00-21:00
Tuesday 25th September. SPANISH, Hartlepool AE, 15:00-17:00
Wednesday 26th September, SPANISH improvers, MMX,18:30-20:30
Thursday 27th September, SPANISH Beginners [New class]. MMX, 18:30-20:30
Friday 28th September, FRENCH Beginners [New class]. Hartlepool AE , People’s Centre, 10:00-12:00
Friday 28th September, ITALIAN Beginners [New class[. Hartlepool AE , People’s Centre, 13:00-15:00
Saturday 22nd. September, FRENCH L’atelier [Conversation and workshop], MMX, 11:30-13:00
Please look out for our Monthly Taller [Spanish Language workshops]dates will be announced soon.
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.
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.
It’s official! The results of the recent observation of teaching and learning process from Hartlepool Adult Education Service have been completed.
Grade 1 Outstanding.
I have recently been described as a proud Teessider, well it’s true and I’m chuffed to bits.
So here at Café Pierre Languages, we are celebrating and howling at the moon!
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.
El taller [ A Spanish language workshop]
Saturday 17th February 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 impostor Les 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.
Saturday 17th March
Saturday 21st April
Peter Samson , tutor and owner of Café Pierre Languages based in Middlesbrough, North Yorkshire and the Tees Valley, has recently returned from Germany with a new partnership in Oberhausen the twin town of Middlesbrough.
Peter, who teaches German to adults wanted a partner in Oberhausen in order to develop a new language programme that includes modern day technology.
Café Pierre Languages has partners in la Coruña Spain, in the city of Bourges in central France, in the city of Kostroma in Russia, and in the Netherlands in the city of Breda.
” I am delighted that we have made an excellent start to our project. ‘ Digital Briefs. Freunde’ Digital Pen friends in English.
Our partner, the Volkshochschüle in Oberhausen is very keen to develop my ideas. This is especially important to me as I was born in Middlesbrough and I can develop links between my home town and a real town in Germany that has many similarities to those of Middlesbrough, the Tees Valley and North Yorkshire.
In this Brexit age in which we live, I have proven that there are many English speakers who want to learn a language.”
Languages such as Hindi, Japanese and Russian are among the languages on offer. Along with Dutch, French, German, Spanish and Italian. Classes are based around the Tees valley, North Yorkshire and the north East including a project in South Shields.
“The level of language explodes when our students are in contact with a native speaker involved with our projects.
Cultural information and transfer is authentic and we learn what it is really like to live in Germany, Spain, France, Russia, the Netherlands.”
“I am looking for an Italian partner now to widen the range of our portfolio.”
Please contact Peter Samson for further details.