Group three

Group Three Thursdays 10.30 – 12.00  Upper Intermediate,

Bibliothek, Gemeindehaus, Ernst-Moritz-Arndt Gemeinde,

Onkel-Tom-Straße 80, 14169 Berlin

To find out what to do for next week, scroll to the bottom!

This is a group of people who are interested in all the usual things which will help them improve and remember their English. Some want to use their English travelling or talking to visitors, some need it for relatives-in-law and some…….


At present we are mostly meeting on the church premises unless the sun shines specially much, in which case I’ll make sure you know we’re meeting at Gisa’s.

On September 17th 2020 we’ll talk about the first 16 pages of Graham Swift’s ‘Mothering Sunday’. The beginning of the novel is surprisingly difficult and complicated. Basically it says:

She – Jane, a housemaid for Mr Niven at a house called Beechwood-

is in bed with Paul Sheringham in his parents’ house called Upleigh.

They have been lovers for 7 years.

The novel takes place on March 30th 1924 and the reader soons realises that the effects of the FIrst World War are felt acutely by these wealthy families.


Mothering Sunday is the story of Jane Fairchild, an orphan who started working for the
Niven family as a maid. As the novel opens, Jane and Paul Sheringham, the remaining
son of three boys, talked about how the family once had a thoroughbred. Jane and Paul
had been involved in a sexual relationship since they were teenagers. Now in their early
twenties, Paul has arranged for Jane to meet him at Upleigh and for the first time they
had sex in his bedroom. It was Mothering Sunday and Jane had the day off. Paul was
supposed to go to a luncheon with his fiancée’s family, the Nivens, and his own parents.
As they lounged naked together, Paul did not seem to be in a hurry to get to the


I have not read this strudy guide. They are useful but sometimes make small mistakes. Sometimes the English is also weird.