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This blog was created to help our students and visitors in their quest to learn new languages and to share our passion for the mountains. If you like our posts, feel free to share them with your friends so we can help others to learn new languages and discover what Chamonix has to offer.

Idioms – back with a vengeance

 | Insted , Study languages
  “Ta gueule!” – your mouth. Meaning Shut up!   This week here are a few colourful French idioms to keep in mind! 1. J’ai l’estomac dans les talons – ‘I have my stomach in my heels’ Meaning – I’m starving 2. Je n’ai plus de jambes – ‘I don’t have any more legs’ Meaning […] Read more

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

 | Insted
The Insted team would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year! We are closed from now until the 3rd January 2017. But look forward to seeing you all in the new year. If you have any questions or need to get into contact, email us at  Christmas carols […] Read more

Le Marché de Noël

 | Chamonix
  The Christmas market is here in Chamonix! Like the rest of France and Europe, towns and cities create Christmas markets for artisans, local food and speciality goods. Our local market has constructed little wooden cabins in the centre of town that are open from the 16th to the 30th December; definitely worth a visit […] Read more

Christmas French Vocabulary

 | Study languages
It’s that time of the year when most of us are getting ready for Christmas! Planning days to visit family and friends; decorating the tree; watching and listening to Christmas movies and songs; counting down the days with an advent calendar; shopping for presents and making your own list for santa. Christmas is celebrated around […] Read more

Chamonix Ski Lift Opening Dates

 | Chamonix
The Chamonix Valley is opening it’s ski lifts! Tha Grand Montets fully opened on Friday the 9th December and Flégére on Saturday the 10th. Brevent, Le Tour, Aiguille du Midi and Les Houches are all scheduled to open on Saturday the 17th of December! Here are the current chairlifts/cable-cars and trails that are open on […] Read more

Les Fables de Jean de La Fontaine

 | Study languages
“Slow and steady wins the race” from “The Hare and the Tortoise” The words of wisdom from fables that were written over 2 millennia ago have permeated into common everyday expressions. Ever heard of “quality, not quantity”? It derives from the fable “The Lioness and the Vixen”; “Honesty is the best policy” from “Mercury and […] Read more

Le Glossaire Gastronomique Part I

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Cooking has had an exciting revival in recent years thanks to Instagram, cafe culture, cooking programmes and celebrity chefs. The first cookbook to be printed was a collection of Roman recipes, called ‘Apicius’, which was compiled circa 900 AD. The first television celebrity chef was Julia Child, who aired on American television in 1963 with her […] Read more