International Francophone Day – talk and exhibition

Wednesday 19 March 2014, 5pm-7.30pm
@ University of Manchester, Student Union, Salle 8, M13 9PR

Free event

flying pigs

On the occasion of the French-Speaking World Week, the AF de Manchester and the University of Manchester Francophone Society present an afternoon of talks and workshops around Francophonie, accompanied by a French buffet.

5pm: “French in Manchester” – Interactive exhibition by Manchester Multilingual will bring posters and games to highlight the bonds between our Northern city and France.

6pm: “Excuse my French” Talk with Thora Van Male
How does a Frenchman get a cat in his throat (un chat dans la gorge) when a Briton has a frog?
Thora van Male is a native English speaker (Canada) who has adopted France and the French language. Like all language learners, she is sensitive to what seem to be the “quirks” of her second language. In her latest book, Quand les cochons sauront voler … les poules auront des dents, she presents some 200 French idiomatic expressions with their equivalents in English, explaining and commenting both. In the talk, she will present a brief “making of” the book, pointing out not only the challenge of finding illustrations for each English/French pair, but more importantly on the diverging ways English and French put their thoughts into images.

Event in English – Open to everybody – Booking required (0161 236 7117 –

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