Only my blog to share my experience with my social events experience ( International social gatherings, social language workshops, social events: dinners, trips…) , like a reminder and tracing memories of all the amazing social experiences I have with my International Language Cafe Milton Keynes group. By the way you can follow my adventures via my Facebook Page and some of my great social events where I met incredible friends and people from all over the world: from local walks to international diners and Christmas parties….. P.S: Sorry in advance for all the spelling/ English language mistakes. The content is more important 🤣

April 2020: 1st thing I wanted to share with you: the start of my blog= This idea – not a new one but never had the time, patience,… to create it – comes from in particular with an exchange chat with my new German associate teacher Heide during this lockdown.

During this pandemic situation in which we are living, on lockdown, keeping us distant from our family, friends, loved ones…, keeping us socially apart-which is a step I am very much in favour of , even though not so much a pleasant experience, but necessary for saving lives and protecting us from this terrible disease- I took the time and decision to develop my social business into an online language school venture: I am lucky to find incredible multicultural friends during my time at the social events in my language cafe in Milton Keynes, which by the way is a very nice, with green open spaces, a new and growing town close enough to London to go whenever I fancy….and set up an amazing team of ative, fluent and qualified teachers to accompany me during the venture. You are welcome to have a look at their profile into OUR TEAM page.

  • 2nd June 2020 = New adventure in parallel with my business as a French customer service Administrator .
Hope you are doing well and keeping safe. 
Weird but exciting times for some changes _ I reckon the environment loves this period and would love more of these quieter times _
I think everyone needs to deal with this special challenge and create new opportunities.

At the beginning I have created my  actual business late 2016 to mix people and languages = Lingo Mix, where people from all over the world could meet, socialise, explore different cultures and practise their favourite languages. 
However it all started from 2009 when I started to set up in Milton Keynes after moving out from France, my native country. I missed so much meeting French people and decided to create a Meetup for French, Francophones and Francophiles to chat and have the opportunity to practise their French. 
During these weekly Meetups, there were people from every nationality who were keen to gather and speak French. 
From these "French Meetups" I have decided late 2016 to expand these Meetups to International gatherings forming a Language Café in Milton Keynes.
I host international social events _from dinners to language workshops _ and recently during this lockdown of covid 19 disease I set up a new venture around my business, offering online language lessons, from English to Polish, from April 2020.
So it has now 2 parts:
International Language Café ( International gatherings, social events, cultural trips, language workshops)
International Language School ( providing online language lessons covering English, French, Spanish, Portuguese,  Brasilian, Italian, German,  Mandarin,  Polish)

Feel free to ask me for any language queries, from home schooling support to conversation, fun learning, Business services...

Marie, founder of Lingo Mix 
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  • 08th may 2020= WWII Victory Day  What is VE Day? VE Day (Victory in Europe Day) is the day on which Allied forces formally announced the surrender of Germany, which brought the Second World War to a close in Europe. The military surrender was first signed on May 7, but a slightly modified document with the final terms was signed on May 8 in Berlin. In France (la fête de la victoire, le jour de la libération) is a holiday to celebrate the end of World War II and the French people’s freedom. It is the anniversary of when Charles de Gaulle announced the end of World War II in France on May 8, 1945 What about in your countries? Let me know about the celebrations and how is it a special day?
  • 11th January 2019: Duolingoevents in Milton Keynes = Launch of my monthly Lingomix events in collaboration with Duolingo Events, as I am the global ambassador for DuoLingoEvents in Milton Keynes =
  • 10th Feb 2018 = International Food Evening (IFE) : Thanks so much to Paul and Alex who helped me making and editing this video: the idea of this event was to invite attendees of different nationalities to bring a taste of their respective culture during this International food evening for an International food culture:
  • 12th January 2018: Monthly English scrabble game evening for your opportunity to practise your English too. Join the fun:
  • 16th July 2016: Festival of Languages in Milton Keynes, with a drama I had written and played in different languages. You can see my Chinese friend teacher, Crystal and her daughter:
  • 8th january 2015= JE SUIS PARIS Meet up : My intervention to a local newspaper MK Citizen who was interested in writing an article in MK news about the terrorist attack in Paris on the 8th January 2015: “My name is Marie Da Silva, I am a French Citizen living and hosting French Meetups in Milton Keynes since 2009. The meetups are aimed at French speaking residents who can relax and use their native language, and also for those who love the French language, way of life and culture. The group members were shocked to hear of the attacks in Paris on Charlie Hebdo and wanted to show their unity and support for free speech. The next day 8th January I watched the silence at mid-day in Paris (11am UK time) and prepared for the evening meetup. Inspired by the feedback from members. I bought a large blank canvas (actually a £2.50 pleated blind from Ikea!) and pens along and around twenty members of different nationalities gathered inside The Barn pub opposite X-Scape, I encouraged everyone to decorate it with messages and pictures, it was an emotional occasion with a sombre but determined atmosphere. Although France and London are the main focal points of the news coverage, I wanted to show that there is a strength of feeling in Milton Keynes too and wanted to present the work of the group MK News to give them courage for the future and as a reminder that you are Charlie too.”
Banner made for the occasion

My local radio interventions:

  • 27/02/2020: As follows here is the link of my radio program record made at my local radio station at Secklow at the Heritage MK program presented by David Morgan and Sheila Dias.
  • 22/08/2019 = As follows here is the link of my radio program record made at a local radio station at BBC Three Counties at the BBC Sounds program presented by Katrina Ridley and Chris Milligan . Thanks Katrina and Chris for welcoming me at the BBB Three Counties Radio and making me feel at ease speaking about my Lingomix International Language Café MK.

Just a few random photos from my social events of my International Language Cafe Milton Keynes Lingo Mix

International gatherings Lingo Mix

International gathering, 2017
Lingo Mix International group, 2017
10th february 2018, International Food Evening
Monthly English Scrabble evening, 2018
International gathering, 2019
Monthly Duolingo events, 2019
Monthly Duolingo events, 2019
International gathering, 2018
European day of languages, 2019
International gathering, 2016
Duolingo event, 2019
Celebration of the European Day of Languages – 28th Sept 2018
Such a lovely #international #summer #picnic #Meetup #miltonkeynes #language #Café #lingomix #MK #multicultural #social #fun #friends #Spanish #French #Bosnian #Greek #Roumanian #Portuguese #German…
10th february 2018, International Food Evening
28thApril 2017, International Meet up
International dinner, 2017
International dinner, 2017
Social language Workshops, 2017
Lingo Mix weekend gathering, 2016
8th january 2015= JE SUIS PARIS Meet up
International gathering, August 2019
European Day of Languages, 2018
International gathering, 2017

Mont Saint Michel during the lockdown April 2020


Oct 2019 _ International trip to Sicily, in Catania:

We left sunny summery Sicily 27 degres  for now rainy 15 degres UK : such a choc
Only 5 suumery days spent in an island I need to explore more in the future with a car….
It was an interesting choc cultural as well visiting Catania:  it is a chaos organised, just cross the road when you want or you never go…, people just park wherever they want, bumped into each other, but it is a chaos well organised.. Interesting though…
And even if I didn’t like much Catania as a bit too dirty for me, there are some interesting buildings and diverse architecture.. But the FOOD IS AMAZINGLY GOOD…: specialities like pasta…, granite, almonds, pistachio, oranges, lemons… 
1 completely different town to visit in 1 hour from Catania is Taormina : pretty town a bit too  pretentious for me, but so nice to spend a day there… JUST GO AND VISIT IT…. 1 day is enough though as very small

Sept 2019 : International trip to France, Lyon
Sept 2019 in Lyon
Cambridge, UK, August 2019, with another French and a Chilean
Internatonal friends Chamonix 2017
International friends in london 2017

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