A Global Microcosm in Paris
There is a global microcosm in Paris called Parler Parlor. That might not seem like such a strange idea since "Paris en Chiffres," a booklet published by the Mairie de Paris, reports that 15.8% of Paris's population are immigrants from other countries. However, it certainly wasn't the expectation for a conversation group originally designed for the French to practice English and the English-speaking community to practice French.
"I was amazed to learn that our membership represented more than 45 different countries!" exclaimed one of the founders. Parler Parlor is a perfect example of a global microcosm, so unlike most other Paris organizations which tend to offer a homogenous membership. "With so many members from so many different cultures speaking so many other languages, everyone has a chance to hear both French and English spoken with a variety of different accents and learn more about other cultures and other languages," it was said.
Parler Parlor was launched in March 1998 and memberships have been strong since the beginning, a sign that it has what the Paris-of-today is looking for. Advertised as a method to practice French and English in a comfortable environment, members also find it's a great way to meet people and make friends. As a prime example of the growing camaraderie of the group, the members took it upon themselves to organize a costume party in celebration of the American holiday, Halloween. Other events and parties for it's members have included Thanksgiving Day dinners, 4th of July Barbecues and anniversary parties.
In addition to the conversation group sessions, Parler Parlor sponsors events and parties for it's members.
51 Nationalities Represented at Parler Parlor
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Cape Verde, China, Columbia, Congo Brazzaville, England, Finland, France, French Guyana, Germany, Guadeloupe, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Iraq, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Korea, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mexico, Mongolia, Morocco, New Caledonia, New Zealand, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Scotland, Senegal, Serbia, Spain, St. Lucia, West Indies, Sweden, Switzerland, Syria, Taiwan/Republic of China, Ukraine, United States, Uruguay, Vietnam