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Italian Intermediate

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The INTERMEDIATE Group meets at The Green Man, Longfield Hill, generally on the 1st & 3rd Fridays of the month. We try to keep our sessions under review & amend them as members feel appropriate. Prospective & new members are very welcome - you can contact us via the link above. If you would like to join us, please make yourself known; email & inquire &/or register your interest as soon as possible. Ciao! At the moment we are not meeting but are keeping in touch and are awaiting developments re Covid as we are a large group and social distancing is difficult. We will be reviewing the situation when the new U3A year starts in September.

???? BOOKS WE USE:
???? BBC ‘Talk Italian’ Books/CDs by Alwena Lamping, (pub. Pearson Education Limited). Book 1 ISBN 978-1-40667-899-4; Book 2 ISBN 978-1-40667-931-1. There is a Talk Italian Box Set combining Books 1 & 2, & also'Talk Italian Complete' combining Books 1 & 2, Talk Italian Grammar & the CDs.
???? "Practice Makes Perfect - Italian Reading & Comprehension" (Riccarda Sagese), (pub.McGraw Hill Education). ISBN978-0-07-179895-2).
???? All are available via Amazon, Waterstones, or other good bookshops.

ONLINE COURSES:

There are various online Italian courses run for free by various bodies here & abroad, including universities. You need to register & sign up for such courses; the modules can be downloaded on to your computer for you to access them in your own time. Several of these are on the ‘FutureLearn’ website, but there are many other sites. 

One such Futurelearn course is Introduction to Italian (3 hours per week for 6 weeks), organised by the ‘Universita per Stranieri di Siena’, ie The Foreign Students’ University of Siena. Another consists of a series of Italian for Beginners short course units from The Open University which each last 4 weeks.

DuoLingo is a useful app which can be used on both computer & smartphone.

PS. It’s quite easy to type accent marks using MS Word on a PC computer keyboard. Click HERE forTYPING ACCENTED LETTERS information.

Hello, I said Hello....

Yes we are still open, Its about time for a change of attitude.... Things will be a long time getting back to the old normal so let's get busy being positive and planning for our continuing Meopham U3A future.
Group contacts have been emailed by Heather and me, (Gus) asking for information about your groups and your website page and if not much has happened PLEASE be courteous and at least reply  as it all helps us to understand how our U3A is coping.
Face to face meetings of any type are going to be difficult as we all have our own "Bubbles" to feel safe in but online group quizes, coffee mornings or just a phone call can be helpful for many who miss personal contact. 
Help is available and dont be scared to ask / email someone on committee who will point you in the right direction and for many try asking grandchildren for help, I do!!
As you can see from this list many of the groups are keeping the members informed of what is going on.

Amblers:   have done one distanced outdoor walk
Art Appreciation:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom - temporary members welcome
Bee Watch:   email bee sightings
Book Club 1/2/3:   all meeting via Zoom
Bridge:   hoping to organise meetings in gardens in groups of 4
Canasta:   weekly newsletter to keep in touch
Current Affairs1:   meeting fortnightly via Zoom
Cycling/For Softies:   have held one outdoor ride
French Advanced:   meet on Tuesday via Zoom
Improvers 1:   meeting via Zoom
Improvers 2:   meet via Zoom / WhatsApp
Intermediate:   Zoom on Tuesday evening
Genealogy:   Zoom meeting planned for July - new members welcome
German:   meeting twice monthly via Zoom
Guitar:   fortnightly Zoom / WhatsApp contact
History1:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Italian Beginners:   have met in gardens.
Italian Intermediate:
  Reviewing the situation ready for re-start in September
Meditation:   using WhatsApp for guided meditations
Music for Pleasure:   monthly Zoom - have honorary members
Needlecraft:   all active on WhatsApp
Painting/Drawing:   using WhatsApp to share and discuss work
Patchwork:   garden meetings planned
Petanque:  Awaiting goverment advice as to when restart is possible

Photography:   meet on Cluster to post photos
Quilting:   using WhatsApp to share work
Singing- ladies:   meet weekly on Tuesday morning via Zoom
Singing - men:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Spanish:   fortnightly Zoom meetings
Wine Appreciation 1:   Zoom meeting on usual Thursday
2:   Zoom meet on Wednesday / WhatsApp group
3:   weekly Zoom meeting

Gus.