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Impact of Bilingualism on Personalities

A highly informative article, entitled, "Do Different Languages Confer Different Personalities?", was published earlier this month in The Economist. It addresses why people may act or feel differently when speaking another language and how a person's worldviews may differ depending on how their maternal and secondary languages are acquired. It discusses the impact of word order and many other interesting aspects of bilingualism. Click here for the article. We recommend reading it a couple of times through to appreciate the analysis, which is very thorough on many different levels.

Beaujolais Nouveau Events Around Town

The Beaujolais Nouveau event at the Heathman, which is a fundraiser for the Alliance and the FACC, is completely sold out and the waitlist is full as well. Close to 500 attendees are expected.  If you miss that event, consider the Thursday Beaujolais Nouveau street party at St Jack's new location in Northwest Portland, which is a benefit for the Oregon Food Bank. Click here for that info. Or catch Beaujolais Nouveau at the MAC on Thursday, 11/21, as well. For just $35 (a newly reduced price) you can taste the new vintage and gourmet nibbles as well. Click here for that info. Finally, St Honoré Boulangerie will be serving a flight of nouveau-style beverages with an Alsatian-inspired menu. The $9 flight & bite trio features Cidre Nouveau, Oregon Gamay Nouveau and more. Note that all three of these "vin primeur"events are on Thursday, and the Heathman event is Friday.

Babar and Piano Music for Children

The Alliance is pleased to promote an independently organized afternoon of piano music and stories for children on Saturday, Dec. 7, 1-2 pm at the Community Music Center, 3350 SE Francis Street, Portland, OR 97202. The Kaleidoscope Piano Duo, Maria Antonia Garcia and Momoko Muramatsu, will play music by Beethoven, Fauré, Chabrier, and will feature Francis Poulenc's THE STORY OF BABAR with narration by Muriel Henkens. The original French text will be presented with visuals and English subtitles, for ease of understanding. Suitable for all ages. Suggested donation at the door: $10.

French Business Networking on Dec. 10 
On Tuesday, December 10, at 6:30pm, the Alliance will host, with the French-American Chamber of Commerce (FACC), a networking event for French-speaking business professionals. The event is being organiFACC2008zed by Jack Cowan who is the Executive Director of the French-American Chamber of Commerce of the Pacific Northwest. Cowan is also the Honorary Consul of France in Washington. Refreshments will be served. This evening of informal networking for Portland's French-speaking business community is complimentary; $5 donations at the door will be welcome to offset costs. Click here to register. 
Holiday Open House on Dec. 5 

The Alliance will hold its Holiday Portes Ouvertes (Open House) event on Thursday, December 5, from 6:15 pm to 7:45 pm at the historic Kamm House at 1425 SW 20th Avenue. No reservations are necessary to attend the event - simply stop by to visit with teachers, chat with staff members, register for classes (the Winter term begins January 6), pick up books, learn more about upcoming events and, for those who aren't already members, learn about the perks of an Alliance membership. Note: the open house is also the deadline for getting 10% off class fees. The event will feature a variety of refreshments including European-style cider from Virtue Cider, represented by Alliance student Rob Merollis.

Dates to Remember
Nov. 21: Trio of Vin Primeur Events at St Honoré, St Jack's and the MAC
Nov. 22: Beaujolais Nouveau at the Heathman
Nov. 29-30: Fresh French Shorts at NW Film
Dec. 5: Holiday Portes Ouvertes - Open House
Quick Web Links


Now enrolling for the December Holiday Term and the Winter Term (Jan.-March). Visit www.afportland.org 

or call 503.223.8388. 




Hosted by Alliance staff or board members. Drop-ins welcome; membership is encouraged but not required.

NW Portland

St Honoré on NW Thurman on Wed., Nov. 20 at 6:00 p.m.

SE Portland

At Chez Machin, Mon., Dec. 9 at 7:00p.m. at Vie de Bohème weekly on Sundays, 4-5:30 p.m.


Lapellah Restaurant in Vancouver, Tues., Dec. 3 at 5:30 p.m.



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French Masters, Storytelling and More      

  SOIREE DES ETUDIANTS: The Alliance's student-appreciation party last Friday drew a packed crowd of close to 70 for refreshments, socializing with teachers and fellow students, and a free drawing for prizes. Certificates of achievement were awarded to several students as well.

  French Masters: The next French Masters, for practicing public speaking and French skills at the same time, will be on Dec. 6. Click here for details. New participants are welcome!

  Storytelling for Children: Storytelling by Jane Fabulet-Roberts, around the theme of "Vive le vent d'hiver," will be on Dec. 7. Click here for details.

  December Holiday Term: Enrollment is brisk for the December classes from Dec. 2 to 21. There are high levels of interest in the new workshops on Faux Amis, Idiomatic Expressions and Conjugations. For those wishing to touch on the basics in an intensive fashion, consider the Beginning French 101 Intensive. "This intense format of two weeks is rarely offered," cites Pedagogy Manager, Linda Fuchs. "The short duration makes it a great way to review or learn the basics of a beginning class, in preparation for travel or for the next level of 102 in the Wimetrosignnter term." Click here for the complete list of December workshops and visit www.afportland.org if you are ready to enroll in the Winter (Jan.-March) term.

 Music on the Métro: Have you ever wondered how musicians get permission to play on the métro? Two thousand musicians per year apply for 300 permits along the 14 lines of the system. Click here for a video report from the NY Times; note that the first musician, Pedro Kouyaté, is a family friend of  Pascaline Lefebvre, the Alliance's Classes & Culture Administrator.


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