Who are we...

Fleet Language Circle was established in 1966 after Colonet Roots, a retired army colonel and linguist, called a meeting at the Lismoyne Hotel in Fleet.

He obviously attracted an enthusiastic group who wanted the opportunity to practise speaking French, German, Italian or Spanish. After nearly 50 years the club still exists and is thriving.

A friendly group of adults still meets each week during term time to chat in a foreign language for two hours. There is no tuition. The level of conversation depends on who turns up on a particular evening.

As chatting in a foreign language for two hours can be tiring, we have a coffee break halfway through the evening.

There are currently three tables, one each for French, German, and Spanish. We welcome native speakers of these languages.

Language skills range from improvers to advanced. Many of our members use this to practise what they have studied at evening classes. In fact, as we do not provide any tuition, we recommend that new members continue to attend any evening or other classes.

The easy-going nature of the club means that our members do not feel pressured into turning up every week. As a result attendance can vary from week resulting in between 5 and 8 people on each table, which gives members plenty of opportunity to speak their chosen language in a relaxed manner. Sometimes there are native speakers to help us.

Each table tends to develop its own personality, depending on who turns up. For example, on some tables we just sit around and chat about whatever comes to mind. If we have a large group one evening, then a few separate conversation may develop, especially if we are helping newer members who might be a bit rusty.

The German table sometimes use an interesting board game as a base to get the conversation flowing.

We would particularly welcome people interested in restarting our Italian table.

We have two social evenings each year.