No. 172                                      Novembre / Décembre  2017
Message from the President:

Click the link below for Silvia's personal comments.

En Alliance,
Upcoming Events events

Monday, November 27, 2017 @ 5:45 PM. Winter Semester Classes begin at AFH offices, 75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 1-202, Hartford (see  course listing below). Call Linda at 860-278-9999 
                                                                 to register.

Thursday, November 16, 2017 @ 6:00 PM. La Soirée de Beaujolais Nouveau. Join us for dinner and wine tasting at Peppercorn's Grill. (see article)

Sunday, 3 Décembre 2016 @ 1 PM.  
French Book Sale. (see article)
Sunday, 3 Décembre 2016 @ 3 PM. Come watch and discuss the French feature film (en français), "Joyeux No ël"  at the AFH offices (see article).
Saturday November 4th and 18th; December 2, 16, and 30 @10:30 AM until noon
Café et conversation at Café Mozzicato, 329 Franklin Ave., Hartford. Join your Alliance Française friends on Saturday mornings for French conversation and socializing. This is a great opportunity to practice speaking French or to maintain fluency. All levels are welcome.
The Alliance Francaise is excited to announce a trip to France in September of 2018. We will be traveling to Paris and Provence.  In Provence, we will visit Eze, Menton, Biot, Beaulieu-Sur-Mer, and Antibes among other stops along the Mediterranean. Look for more details to follow.

La Soirée de Beaujolais Nouveau
Each year French wine producers release their newest Beaujolais in November. Come and enjoy fresh gamay grape wine and French conversation at a dinner prepared by Abigail's. The wine is a great accompaniment to haute cuisine and we will complement the tasting with a prix fixe dinner
Peppercorns, at 6:00 PM.
Where:              Peppercorn's Grill, 357 Main Street, Hartford, Ct.  06103  (plenty of parking in rear)
When:                  Thursday , November 16th, 2017 6PM
Price:                  $40 (includes tax, tip and wine) $45 non-members of AF de H
Contact:         Executive Director Linda Zabor, at Alliance Française de Hartford
                        By Email:
                        By Phone:     860 278-9999
NOTE: It is required to pay ahead of time.
                                      Peppercorn's Menu
                                                               ~ FIRST COURSE ~
Sauteed Prince Edward Island Mussels ~ with a saffron scented natural cream sauce with espelette pepper and arugula garnish
Organic Beet Salad ~ with mesclun greens, crisp lardons, belgian endive, and toasted hazelnuts tossed with warm bacon shallot vinaigrette
Onion Soup ~ gratinee with Gruyère cheese and crisp baguette crouton
                                                              ~ SECOND COURSE ~
Coq au Vin ~ our version with pearl onions, cremini mushrooms, and baby carrots in a rich red wine sauce served with polenta and spinach
Pan Seared Lemon Sole ~ with potato puree, sauteed haricots verts, and a tomato scented bouillabaisse sauce
 Gnocchi alla Parisienne ~ housemade gnocchi tossed with butternut, fresh chives, mascarpone, and parmigiano reggiano
                                                                  ~ DESSERT ~
Housemade Beignet with crème pasticciere and warm chocolate ganache
Our Crêpe filled with lemon ricotta, lemon curd, and fresh berries
Housemade Sorbet
                                        BON APPETIT!

                     Joyeux No ë l  

WHEN:                  Sunday, December 3, 2017    3:00 PM
WHERE:               Alliance Française de Hartford
                             75 Charter Oak Avenue. Suite 1-202
                             Hartford, CT  06106
PRICE :               $10 for AF members, $15 for non-members
Email the Alliance Française, call Linda (860 278-9999) or go to our  Alliance Française Meetup Site to reserve your place.

Joyeux Noël is a 2005 film about the World War I Christmas truce of December, 1914, depicted through the eyes of French, British, and German soldiers. The film will be in French with English subtitles. Popcorn will be served.  There will be a discussion after the film.
Cette année  le Père Noël parle Français.

   La dynamique équipe de l'Alliance Française de Hartford vous invite le dimanche 3 décembre , de 12h à 15h , à une grande vente de livres français.    Vous trouverez une large sélection de "Livres de Poche ", du théâtre classique aux auteurs contemporains de romans et nouvelles.
   Vous trouverez aussi de nombreux livres de grammaire et de conjugaison , ainsi que des livres d'histoire et de littérature.
   Venez nombreux pour cette collecte de fonds qui vous permettra d'aider l'Alliance Française de votre région , tout en vous donnant l'occasion de trouver le cadeau de Noël idéal pour une célébration vraiment réussie.
     Pour donner à la collecte, rendez-vous à l'Alliance Française le 2 décembre, de 10H à midi.
                                     This Year Santa Claus Speaks French.
             The dynamic team of the Alliance Française of Hartford invites you to a French Book Sale on Saturday December 3rd from 12 to 3pm.    You will find a large selection of gently used paper backs from classical theater to the most contemporary authors of novels.
     You will also find many books of Grammar and Conjugation , as well as History and Literature.
     Come and join us for this Fundraising campaign to help your local Alliance Française , while giving you the opportunity to find the perfect gift for a truly successful Christmas Celebration.
TO DONATE, please bring your books to the Alliance Française, le 2 décembre, de 10H à midi.
 AFH Club de Lecture
Join us at Parillas y Sabores, 342 Franklin Avenue Hartford, CT.  06114 at 12:30 for discussion of the following books:

Schedule 2017 / 2018:

1/27 - Désolée, je suis attendue, par Agnès Martin-Lugand (2017), 416p, 4.5/5 3.9/5
5/19 - Ru, par Kim Thuy (2010), 216p, 4.5/5 3.8/5
9/22 - Le Rapport de Brodeck, par Philippe Claudel (2007), 384p, 4/5 4/5 -
11/17 - Frappe-toi le cœur, par Amélie Nothomb (2017),180p, 4/5 3.8/5 

March discussion will be the choice of the fondation. (as yet not selected)

( Pour plus d'information, addressez-vous à John Soares @ . ou visitez la page AFH - Club de lecture - sur Facebook.

A Journey Through French Cinema
In CINESTUDIO, Trinity College from Nov. 12 through Nov. 15.

(2017, FRANCE) Written and directed by Bertrand Tavernier. Featuring Bertrand Tavernier and clips from the films of Jean-Paul Belmondo, Simone Signoret, Jacques Becker, Jeanne Moreau, Jean Renoir, Marcel Carné, Jean-Pierre Melville, François Truffaut, Jean-Luc Godard, and more.
Since we opened in 1970 our most passionate fans have always been the lovers of French movies: Rules of the Game and Beauty and the Beast, Breathless and The 400 Blows, The Prophet, and even Barbarella. Luckily, 76-year-old director Bernard Tavernier (The Clockmaker, Round Midnight,) is also a fan, a witness to film history, and a fabulous raconteur. With clips from classics and from little-known treasures, Tavernier captures the essence of French movies: a love of ideas and conversation, a fluid visual style, an open attitude to sex, and charismatic actors whose faces light up the screen like magic. 201 min.

 "I suggest you sit through the credits so you can write down every movie you've already seen (you'll want to watch them again) and every title you've never heard of (because worlds await)." - Manohla Dargis, New York Times. A New York Times Critics Pick. 




Five members of the Alliance Française de Hartford offered their French skills in the capacity of making French museum curators feel at home while at a symposium hosted by the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford.  Audrey Fay, Pamela Moore, Christi Moraga, Veronica Vaida and Robert Yeager attended receptions on the evenings of October 16 and 18 in the Morgan Hall and the Avery Court. Following is a description of the organization's mission:


'French American Museum Exchange (FRAME) is a consortium of 30 major museums in France and North America that promotes cultural exchange in the context of museum collaborations. FRAME fosters partnerships among its member museums to develop innovative exhibitions, educational and public programs, and professional exchanges among museum staff, and maintains a bi-lingual website to reach global audiences .   FRAME

Winter Classes 2017
Alliance Française of Hartford
75 Charter Oak Ave., Suite 1-202, Hartford, CT 06106
All our language classes offer an immersion experience in the French language. Students are encouraged to express themselves in French. Grammar is a tool, not a goal.
Winter semester dates: Week of Nov. 27th to Feb. 13th, 2018
(check with instructor for dates)
Tuition: $309 ($299 if registered before 20th)
All Class Hours: 5:45 - 7:45 pm at AFH offices


French 102
French 103
French 105
French 106
French 110
French 205
French 205
French 308
Les Présidents
Le Septième Art

 French 102

By the end of this course, students will be able to use expressions for conversation, describe people, personality, opinions, sports, games, music, city dwellings, getting around, family, personal relationships, weather, seasons, clothing, numbers, place, lodging, and personal finance.  

They will be able to use the verb avoir, jouer, penser, aller, faire, acheter, préférer, payer; the expressions il y a, il est, c'est, chez, the prepositions à and de; the singular and plural forms of nouns and articles; indefinite and definite articles, regular and irregular adjectives, interrogative and demonstrative adjectives quel and ce, the futur proche, possession, and make comparisons.

Contacts, 8 th edition, Valette/Valette, Houghton Mifflin Company
Can be purchased at Amazon Secondary Sellers,, or other sources.  

These materials will be used for FR 101, 102, 103, 104, 105 and 106.
(a) textbook                                        ISBN-10: 0-618-39578-4
(b) Student Activities Manual (SAM)     ISBN-10: 0-618-39580-6
Strongly recommended:
(a) Student Activities Manual (SAM) audio CDs
(14 CDs in 2 sets of 7 CDs each)          ISBN-10: 0-618-39588-1
(a) In-text audio CDs (4 CDs)               ISBN-10:  0-618-39589-X
(b) Video DVD                                      ISBN-10: 0-618-39586-5

French 103
By the end of this course, you will be able to discuss Paris and France beyond the sea (la France d'outre-mer); talk about getting around a city; describe your family, express personal relationships, indicate ownership, talk about the weather, clothes, colors, what we purchase, prices, point out people and things, numbers from 60 and beyond, make comparisons, talk about your home and finances.

You will be able to use possessive adjectives, possession with de, the expression être à, the irregular verb FAIRE, stem changing verbs ACHETER, PRÉFÉRER, PAYER, the interrogative adjective quel, the demonstrative adjective ce, adjectives placed before nouns, prepositions of location, comparatives, superlatives, and questions with inversions.

Materials:  See French 102

French 105

By the end of this course, you will have learned the irregular verbs venir (venir de) , boire, prendre, mettre in the present tense, depuis in the present tense    and idiomatic uses of the verb faire.   You will use the partitive article in speaking about foods, appropriate articles and prepositions used for geographical areas.   In addition, you will learn adverbs and nouns of quantity and shop for food. You will explore the music and memories of Francophone Africa.
Materials: See French 102
French 106
By the end of this course, you should be able to construct a correct sentence by complying with the dispute agreements and using it in different situations. Emphasis will be placed on past participles and the role of direct object complement in some of their agreements with the subject. Particular attention will also be given to the various complement and simple and complex sentences. It will be the same for the formation of the infinitive in a sentence; Which will inevitably lead us to be interested in semi-auxiliaries such aller, devoir, pouvoir, vouloir...... and reviewing to the prepositions. These chapters will be completed by a work on conjugation of the verbs essentially and occasionally reflexive and on the impersonal verbs. The work of enriching the vocabulary will be maintained at the same pace as in previous sessions. The ultimate goal of this course is to promote student expression.
In this continuing French class, you will learn more basic and intermediate language skills. You'll be able to talk about various events, sports, health, refer to places previously mentioned, describe daily routine, the body, personal relationships, feelings and emotions, interactions, different personalities, past events, how we do certain things, and rank people and things.You will learn to use the pronouns y and en, reflexive verbs, the verb ouvrir, recevoir, adverbs in -ment, the construction verbe + infinitif, ordinal numbers, when to use the passé composé vs. the imparfait, the plus-que-parfait.

Material s:  See  French 102


French 110

By the end of this course, you will be able to discuss France in the world and the francophone world; professional choices, future events, vacation plans, hypothetical situations, make polite requests, discuss professional goals and describe simultaneous actions; conjugate irregular future verbs, use the future after quand, conditions with si + présent, the conditional mood and its uses, the infinitive as subject and object, the past infinitive, adjectives or nouns +   infinitives, and prepositions + infinitives.

Materials: See French 102 

French 205

LEVEL: Intermediate
. This course constitutes a revision of and re-acquaintance with the grammatical principles presented in the first two years of French study, a furthering of the understanding of French phonology and pronunciation norms, conversational tactics and fluency in everyday situations, the ability to speak in the future, the conditional, and the subjunctive, to express wishes, opinions and beliefs, to talk about work and professional life, to travel and to interact more freely and with confidence in French society. We will also delve deeper into our exploration of French cultural mores and the fascinating continuum of French history, arts, and entertainment, plus engage in spirited discussions of contemporary France.

Course readings
  À votre tour! Intermediate French, 2nd edition, Valette/Valette,
Houghton Mifflin Company or Wiley Required    
(a) textbook                                                          ISBN-10: 0-618-69315-7
(b) Student Activities Manual (SAM)                  ISBN-10: 0-618-69317-3
                                                                              ISBN-13: 978-0-470-42426-1
Le Petit Nicolas et les copains. Sempé et Goscinny. Folio Junior Edition Spéciale.
Student Activities Manual (SAM) 12 audio CDs            ISBN-10: 0-618-69320-3



French 308


While exploring cultural and historical aspects of Martinique and Senegal, you will review vocabulary related to  politics, household chores and animals, disputes; how to reassure someone, complain, reproach and disagree; the verbs MANQUER, PLAIRE; prepositions, the conditional present and past.

Course materials:

Intrigue  - langue, culture et mystère dans le monde francophone, 3rd edition,
Blood/Mobarek, Prentice Hall/Pearson Higher Ed
(a) textbook                                                      ISBN-13: 978-0-205-74132-8
(b) Student Activities Manual (SAM)                ISBN-13: 978-0-205-74142-7
Audio for the text                                             ISBN-13: 978-0-205-78310-6
Audio for the Student Activities Manual (SAM) ISBN-13: 978-0-205-78311-3


Les Présidents et le Septième Art

Les présidents français au cinéma et à la télévision La filmographie dédiée aux locataires de l'Élysée n'est pas aussi prolifique celle consacrée à leurs homologues de la Maison-Blanche, mais les réalisateurs français ont abordé cette question sous des angles qui n'ont rien à envier à ceux retenus par leurs confrères américains. De grands cinéastes comme Henri Verneuil, Francis Girod, Raymond Depardon, Michel Royer, Lionel Delplanque, Bernard Stora, Christian Vincent... ont braqué leur zoom sur un président français. À l'écran, les chefs d'État français ont été incarnés par des acteurs aussi talentueux que Jean Gabin, Michel Bouquet, Bernard Farcy, Philippe Magnan, Jean d'Ormesson, Jean-Louis Trintignant... Associées aux réalisateurs, Pascal Chaumeil et le duo Kad Merad et Olivier Baroux, Anne Consigny et Audrey Fleurot ont, par anticipation, donné à la France et aux Etats-Unis une présidente pour chacun des deux pays. La session hivernale est une période idéale pour se retrouver autour de quelque-unes de ces grandes œuvres.

 Liste indicative des films qui seront proposés:

Le Président, Henri Verneuil (1961)- Jean Gabin (président du Conseil). Français, si vous saviez, André Harris et Alain de Sedouy (1973).
Le Bon Plaisir, Francis Girod (1984) -Catherine Deneuve, Michel Serrault, Jean-Louis Trintignant... 1974, une partie de campagne, Raymond Depardon (2002)- documentaire sur la campagne présidentielle de Valéry Giscard d'Estaing.
Le Promeneur du Champ de Mars, Robert Guédiguian (2004)- Michel Bouquet (Mitterrand
Le grand Charles, Bernard Stora (2005) -Bernard Farcy (de Gaulle). Dans la peau de Jacques Chirac, Michel Royer et Karl Zero (2006).
Président, Lionel Delplanque (2006) -Albert Dupontel.
L'État de Grâce, Pascal Chaumeil, (2006) -Anne Consigny (Présidente française. Le Candidat, Niels Arestrup (2007) -Ivan Attal (le candidat).
Adieu de Gaulle, adieu, Laurent Herbiet (2009) -Pierre Vernier. Banlieue 13 : Ultimatum, Patrick Alessandrin (2009) - Philippe Torreton.
L'Affaire Farewell, Christian Carion (2009) - Philippe Magnan (Mitterrand).
La Conquête, Xavier Durringer (2011) -Bernard le Coq (Jacques Chirac).
Les Saveurs du Palais, Christian Vincent (2012) - Jean d'Ormesson (Mitterrand). Mais qui a re-tué Pamela Rose ?
Kad Merad et Olivier Baroux (2012) -Audrey Fleurot (une présidente américaine) - Omar Sy (garde du corps).
La Dernière Campagne, Bernard Stora (2013) -Patrick Braoudé (François Hollande).

Materials: distributed in class