French Conversation Groups in Paris to Reach Fluency
How to get French conversation practice in Paris
An excellent way to actually use and remember the language that you are learning is to join conversation exchanges and/or French conversation groups in Paris
Not only will your French improve significantly, but you’ll probably meet some interesting French speakers along the way. Below is a list of available French conversation groups in Paris for your consideration.
LetThemTalk Café Conversation
This is a French conversation group for intermediate and advanced speakers. This group meets at different, central Paris restaurants each Sunday from 3:00 to 5:00 pm. Conversations are held in French only. Participation costs 15€ if paid on-site, 12.50 in advance or you can buy a carnet of five tickets good for three months cost 50€. Reservations are required.
ParlerParlor is one of the oldest French conversation groups in Paris, celebrating 12 years of bringing together bilingual speakers. Founders Adrian Leeds and Elisabeth Crochard offer three 45-minute conversation sessions per week in the 1st and 6th arrondissements with convenient evening and weekend hours. The first session is free and one can take sessions a la carte at 10€ each or sign up for 10 or 20 session subscriptions at a per session discount.
Teatime = Talktime
A French speaking group at Michael’s home in the 5th arrondissement of Paris each Saturday evening from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. with snacks, tea, soft drinks and free-form conversation. The first half of the evening is conversation in any language (usually English), then Michael signals when everyone has to start speaking only French. 10€ donation requested.
TEMPO Tea Time
This French speaking group in Paris meets every Tuesday night from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Practice your French and English with native speakers in a relaxed atmosphere. Spend half the night speaking English and half speaking French in Paris. Discussion topics and games help liven up a night of conversation! Hosted by TEMPOtime American Accent and l’Oisive Thé, this group meet at the Sputnik Sports Bar (14, rue de la Butte aux Cailles, Paris 75013) now, but the location changes periodically.
WICE French-English Conversation Groups
WICE French Conversation Groups in Paris are free and open to members only, but with an annual membership fee of 50€, this is a good deal for improving your language skills. WICE has conducted French speaking groups in Paris for more than 10 years. Two 90-minute sessions are held each week in small groups of five to six people who converse for 45 minutes in each language. Groups meet in the 15th arrondissement on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays.
Bienvenue en France
For over 30 years, Bienvenue en France, with the support of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs, has been welcoming spouses of foreign diplomats from every country to help make their stay in France as successful and pleasant as possible. The association helps them to get to know France and its people by encouraging meetings with French families and by presenting the rich diversity of France. Note: These French discussion groups in Paris are only available to individuals possessing a diplomatic card.
Cercle International de l’ARC
Established in 1957 to give foreigners access to French conversation partners, the Cercle International de l’ARC is a volunteer association that seeks to provide an open door to French culture and language. The group also organizes evening presentations, weekend walking tours, and short day-trips from Paris. Once the 10€ annual fee is paid, students are welcome to join any of five or six conversation tables with French speakers who act as moderators. Mostly retired Parisians, the French tutors or moderators will correct if requested, explain expressions, and encourage French conversation practice. Students of all ages, nationalities, and language levels are welcome. The Cercle is open Monday through Friday from 2:00 to 7:00 p.m. Students are free to stay from 20 minutes to 3 hours. There are no fixed appointments.