Happy New Year 2020!

Dear Friends,

We hope you had a wonderful "most wonderful time of the year", and are ready, once again, to raise your glass to new beginnings. The start of the New Year always feels like a big deal, but this New Year's, the pressure is on: we are entering a new decade! Purists will object that, strictly speaking, the new decade won't start until 10 whole years have passed, that is ...in 2021. But we like round numbers. And that's how we will begin the new decade: French Classes Registration for the winter program is still open and will stay open until classes are full. This season, we are adding our highest level yet : a B2/C1 class starting on Tuesday 7 January in Raleigh. The class will focus on preparing students for the TCF exam. TCF sessions will be held at the Alliance Française in Raleigh once a month from January through May - more information here. The Winter Program schedule begins the week of January 6th in both Raleigh and Chapel Hill, except for levels A1 and A2 in Chapel Hill - those will start the week of January 13th. Click here for more information on General Classes and here for Specialty Classes. If you'd like to improve your French and have no time for classes, you also have the option of studying online with Frantastique, a highly customized method available for IOS and Android on all kinds of devices. The same concept is available for native French-speakers who would like to improve their English - click here for Gymglish. The first month is free for both Frantastique and Gymglish. January Events

  • Tuesday 7 January, 10:30am: The Café welcomes anyone interested in casual French conversation whether you are a member of the Alliance or not. No registration required.

  • Sunday 12 January, 2pm: We will meet at Durant Nature Preserve in North Raleigh for our monthly Hike in French. The hike around the main lake through hardwood and pine forests should take us about 1h. It can be combined with any other of the park's 5 miles trails. Dogs on leash are welcome as long as they're as friendly as their owners. Register here.

  • Thursday 16 January, 10am: Club de Lecture will discuss international bestseller "L'élégance du hérisson" by Muriel Barberry. The 2008 dark but redemptive novel explores the upstairs-downstairs going-ons of a posh Parisian apartment building. To add to the fun, we'll watch the movie based on the book at Cine-Club the following week. Open to all readers who can read in French - although cheaters can also read the English translation.

  • Thursday 16 January, 6:30pm: Apéro'Sing, a.k.a French sing-along, is back for a new year with new songs - and old songs that we'll make sound like new ones. We are that creative.

  • Friday 17 January, 10am: Yoga in French will start the year very gently indeed. Actually, it will stay very gentle for the rest of the year. First class is free. No need to register.

  • Sunday 19 January, 2pm: Our monthly Cercle, a.k.a "get together", will celebrate the traditional Fête des Rois in Chapel Hill this year. If you don't know what Fête des Rois is, come check it out! If you do know, come check it out! Open to all. You'll receive the address when you sign up here.

  • Wednesday 22 December, 7:15pm: Ciné-Club will feature The Hedgehog, in French with English subtitles. A delightful screen adaptation by Mona Achache with solid performances by Josiane Balasko and Garance Le Guillemic. Jeff Dermott will host the event at his home theater in Cary. For members only. Register here.

  • Wednesday 29 January, 7pm: we will close the month with an exhibition by French artist Caroline Desnoëttes. Caroline is a visionary and environmentally conscious artist who uses multiple media to explore the co-evolution and hybridization of all living things. "Hibridations" is a collection of large scale drawings that you will find hanging from the ceiling at the Alliance, fluttering, twisting and crinkling as colors come alive. More information coming soon.

2019 was undoubtedly a fabulous year of growth at the Alliance of Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, thanks to every member and every new student. We would like to extend our gratitude to every one of you for your confidence in our mission to promote La Francophonie. We hope for 2020 that you will make new friends in our community, dance your way through new milestones, and laugh your way through irregular verbs and past participles - this is scientifically proven to be the only way to learn French. And we apologize in advance for every time we will write 2019 instead of 2020 in the next few weeks. Bonne Année à tous!

The Alliance team.