The first rule of World Language Club is you must talk in World Language Club.
The second rule of World Language Club is you must talk in World Language Club.
Welcome to the fourth annual official Spring Valley World Languages Department photo. Over the past few years we’ve paid tribute to Vanity Fair, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, and The Big Bang Theory. This year is all about mischief, mayhem, and proper verb conjugation.
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Right. So, with that, allow me to unveil World Language Club.
Why would you join World Language Club? Maybe because you realize that your life is ending one minute at a time and every moment that you only speak one language is a moment that you can’t communicate with a huge percentage of the people on earth. Maybe you wonder how much you can know about yourself if you’ve never been in a conversation with someone who speaks a different language. Maybe you’ve been invited to a wedding in Belgium and want to have some idea why there are two ceremonies. Whatever the case, when you’re ready to learn, they’re ready for you.
So get off your Johanneshov armchair in the Strinne green stripe pattern and join the club. Learn a language–it’s more fun than talking to your imaginary friend.
Oh, and if this is your first time at World Language Club…you have to talk.
Hold on to your waffles, because this is a very special post for us. First, it’s the wedding of dear friends, Marie and Tanguy (pronounced “Taun-gee”, not “tan-guy”), and second, it’s our first international destination wedding.
We’ve talked a lot about the Nazarios (here and here), who are some of the most talented and good-looking people we know. Saturday, this family added to their awesomeness by joining forces with the Raguseos (#ragupartyof2) through the union of Ana and Peter at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston.
The day began with preparations for the ladies at the Stuart Laurence Salon.
I loved the colors Ana had selected for the details of the day, as well as her personal and creative touches.
The ceremony was held at the beautiful Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in downtown Charleston.
After the ceremony, we enjoyed the luxury of over an hour with the bride, groom, and wedding party. It was a great opportunity to visit some different spots in Charleston and make some fun portraits.
The couple planned such a beautiful, warm, and welcoming experience for their family and guests who danced until the very end of the evening.
Big thanks to Janet Meister of JVM Events who made sure that the reception went beautifully!
Ana and Peter, we hope you’re having a magnificent time on your honeymoon! We wish you all the happiness in the world!
Peter and Ana are married!
One of the hardest parts about being a wedding photographer is waiting until the wedding day to share bridal portraits, but the big day has finally arrived, so we can share some of Ana’s bridal portraits from her session down in Charleston.
The light was gorgeous and so was Ana.
Next we went down to the Custom House where we were lucky enough to get an up-front parking space (a small miracle in Charleston) to capture the beautiful last rays of sun.
We are Lumos Studio, though, so we’re not going to let a little thing like the sun going down stop us!
If you haven’t had a chance yet, be sure to go back and check out Peter and Ana’s engagement session at White Point Garden, and stay tuned for images from the wedding, coming soon!
Congratulations Ana and Peter!
In March, Columbia’s Alliance Française put on a very special play:
…an original artisanal distillation of Molière’s best known plays, including, in prose: La jalousie du barbouillé, Le médecin volant, Les précieuses ridicules, Le mariage forcé, L’amour médcin, Le médecin malgré lui, L’avare, Le bourgeois gentilhomme, Les fourberies de Scapin, Le Malade imaginaire; and in verse: Sganarelle ou le cocu imaginaire, L’école des maris, L’école des femmes, Le tartuffe, Le Misanthrope, Les femmes savantes.
Phew! That’s a lot to include in one performance. If you’ve ever seen The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged), you have some idea of what kind of ride this is. This script, though, was created locally, by the members and performers of Le Club Théâtre, piecing together Molière’s dialogue to create a coherent (and hilarious) tale of love, lust, deception, and pride. Oh yeah, I’m not sure if I mentioned this, but the play is performed entirely in French.
The Alliance Française is a worldwide non-profit organization founded in Paris in 1883. It is part of a network of over 1,000 chapters in 133 countries. In the United States, the Alliance Française counts more than 140 locations…The mission of The Alliance is to encourage the study of the French language and the various cultures of French-speaking countries and, more specifically, to foster friendly relations between the French-speaking and American peoples.
The Alliance puts on several events throughout the city including plays put on by Le Club Théâtre , conversation groups (groupes de conversation), a book club (club du livre), and recently, a contest to create original 60-second films performed in French.
Now, if I’m perfectly honest, I (J.P.) didn’t understand everything said in the play…or, well, very much of it at all. (My French is more See Spot Run than Shakespeare.) That said, I was able to follow along thanks to a helpful summary of events in the program and the wonderful, expressive performances of the cast. Speaking of which, here they are:
Do you see those wonderful wigs they’re wearing? They were all hand-made for this performance.
And here is Molière himself, or rather Dr. Jeff Persels, who both assembled the script, wrote the original frame story, and directed the play. (He was also one of Wendy’s professors at USC, and directed her while she was a student as le chat botté in a theatrical performance that was a mélange of various France fairy tales by Perrault. (Antonio Banderas is fine, but I still prefer her interpretation.))
And here is the whole cast, just after their performance at Columbia Museum of Art.
If you are a French-speaker, would like to be, or would like to move your skills beyond the scope of DuoLingo, I highly suggest visiting the web page of the Alliance Française. Perhaps meet up with them at The Publick House and have a chat in the language of love. It’s a great group of folks and they almost certainly won’t break out those giant syringes…probably.