Natalija Daboul, Malwina Patton, Maria Daix and Bertrand Moncenax at the Gladstone Language Cafe's November get together.
Natalija Daboul, Malwina Patton, Maria Daix and Bertrand Moncenax at the Gladstone Language Cafe's November get together.

Language Cafe puts the focus on France

A GROUP of Gladstone residents delved into what it is like to live in France at Tuesday's Port City Language Cafe.

The cafe is more than a coffee, cake and catch up. It is where new residents to the Gladstone community can share information about where they hail from.

The Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours gathering is held on the second Tuesday of every month, and this week's event featured a presentation on France.

Presenters Marie Daix, Bertrand Moncenax and Celine Gaillard were overjoyed to share information about their home country.

Reporter Tegan Annett caught up with four attendees, including a French speaker, about the presentation. 

Natalija Daboul has been a volunteer at the Language Cafe for two years.

"Every Language Cafe is different ... because you're with new people from all over the world," she said.

Natalija moved from Latvia to Sydney three years ago with her Australian husband.

In 2012 they moved to Gladstone.

She said WIN helped her develop skills to be more comfortable to work with people from different cultures. 

Malwina Patton enjoyed learning about the French food and wine at the Language Cafe.

The Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours project officer said the gathering had a very relaxed atmosphere.

"What I really liked about today was it was very personal," she said.

"They spoke about their hometowns and regions.

"The most interesting part was learning that for breakfast in France they drink coffee out of a bowl."

Marie Daix loves the weather and the laid-back lifestyle in Australia.

After travelling around the country for a year she moved to Gladstone.

The Welcoming Intercultural Neighbours youth inclusion officer was one of the three French speakers at the Language Cafe.

"We tried to do the presentation to show the everyday life rather than the basic information you can find on the internet," she said. 

Bertrand Moncenax shared stories about the culture and way of living in his home country, France.

He has lived in Gladstone for just one month, and already is enjoying learning the English language and the Australian style of living.

"I came to Australia because my girlfriend wanted to come back," he said. "She's Australian and we met in Paris.

"It was good to speak about my country and practise my English and meet some new people."



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