Alliance Française de Nashville offers many opportunities to practice French outside the classroom. Check also our cultural events for even more opportunities.

Balade Bavarde
(March through October)

This event is designed to give French speakers of any level the opportunity to explore some of Nashville’s many parks and practice French conversation at the same time. In the case of rain or temperatures below 40 degrees, this group postpones its meeting until the following month.

Open to all.

In-person (location shared by email).

1st Sunday each month from March to October, from 11 a.m.

Cercle de Conversation

Cercle de Conversation is about having general conversation in French about interesting personal events, books, films, restaurants, and other topics that members want to discuss. Sometimes members bring articles to read in French.  You would be hard pressed to find a more friendly or engaging group!

 Join this group whether you want to use your French with other French speakers, socialize with fellow francophones or improve and practice your speaking in a supportive environment.  This is not a teaching group, even if participants try to help each other with vocabulary, pronunciation, etc. (See  here if you are looking for classes.)

There is no cost to attend once or twice but we prefer to have people be members of the French Alliance in Nashville to continue beyond the first or second visit.

For AFN members and francophone visitors to Nashville. (Non-members may attend twice before becoming members.)

In-person (AFN Resource Center) and virtually.

Each Saturday, from 11 a.m. to noon.

Happy Hours

Gather with fellow lovers of all things French and discuss a wide range of different subjects, including French and French-speaking cultures, news and current affairs.

We offer two happy hours, tailored to your level of French and/or preference.

Franglais Happy Hour

While French speakers of any level are welcome to attend, this event is designed for beginners, people who have a handful of French words and expressions and are looking for a no-pressure place to try them out and learn more.

French is encouraged, but participants are welcome to switch to English when they get stuck. A more advanced French speaker is present to answer questions and help with pronunciation.

In-person (location shared via email).

2nd and 4th Thursday each month, evening time varying.

French Happy Hour

This is the perfect opportunity for those wanting to practice conversational French, which is the only language permitted during our time together.

It’s casual and fun. One person helps another. Nonmembers are welcome to join us.

In-person (location shared via email).

1st and 3rd Thursday each month, from 4:30 p.m.

Join us to speak and live French!

Cercle de Lecture

French book club organized for advanced speakers to fluent/native speakers of French. Attendees discuss the book of the month (available through our AFN Library) that they have read and express their opinions, likes, dislikes, etc.

La Faiseuse d’étoiles by Mélissa Da Costa

July 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
More information or RSVP here.

La Délicatesse by David Foenkinos

August 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Kilomètre zéro by Maud Ankaoua

June 15 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Mon mari by Maud Ventura

April 13 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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La Faiseuse d’étoiles by Mélissa Da Costa

February 17 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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Les Témoins de la Mariée by Didier Van Cauwelaert

January 20 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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L’été Meurtrier by Sébastien Japrisot

November 18, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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Il nous restera ça by Virginie Grimaldi

October 21, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Changer l’eau des fleurs by Valérie Perin

September 16, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Chavirer by Lola Lafon

July 15, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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L’Anomalie by Hervé le Tellier

June 17, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Les Années by Annie Ernaux

April 23, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Les Liaisons Dangereuses by Pierre Choderlos de Laclos (March 2023)

March 18, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
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L’Amant by Marguerite Duras (February 2023)

February 18, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 2:30 pm CST
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Suite Francaise by Irene Nemirovsky (January 2023, date TBA)

January 21, 2023 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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Les Vieilles by Pascale Gautier

November 26, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CST
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Maudits Sauvages by Bernard Clavel

October 22, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Chaleur du Sang by Irene Nemirovsky

September 17, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Au bonheur des ogres, par Daniel Pennac

June 18, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Les trois femmes du Consul, par Jean-Christophe Rufin

May 21, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Tous les hommes n’habitent pas le monde de la même façon, par Jean Paul Dubois

April 16, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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Le radiateur d’appoint, par Alex Lutz

March 19, 2022 @ 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm CDT
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In partnership with the Federation of Alliances Françaises USA: One Book One Federation.

The Federation’s One Book One Federation program supports French literacy throughout the United States. By encouraging the reading of one book by all chapters during a single year, the Federation is able to assist in the creation of a reading guide and encourage the formation of reading groups. Each year our committee selects a well-written, engaging book that will appeal to Alliance Française members and students.

2023: L’Anomalie by Hervé Le Tellier
2023: Premier sang by Amélie Nothomb

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