When learning a new language it is natural to get ahead of yourself. You might flirt with the idea of trying to read a novel in that language and soon find it to be rather daunting and ultimately, impossible. As the comedian Rhod Gilbert says “It’s like ‘War and Peace’ without the peace.” So […] Read more
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If you are living or travelling in France its almost certain you have picked up a language phrasebook or at least a pocket dictionary to help you get by. Like mine, is it now gathering dust on the shelf? You’ve probably nailed ‘bonjour’ and ‘merci’ at the very least and perhaps extended your language skills further […] Read more
Lesser known facts; France is the birthplace of cinema and Paris has the highest density of cinemas in the world. Incroyable! So what better place to start than with French movies to immerse yourself in the French language. France has produced some award winning actors too; Vincent Cassel, Juliette Binoche, Jean Dujardin and Marion Cotillard to […] Read more
The famous Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc will start from Chamonix at 6pm on the 26th August. Considered one of the world’s toughest trail running races, this unique event will see around 2,300 participants attempt to complete the 170km with 10’000m altitude gain. Come and join us at the starting point in Chamonix and show your support! Photo & video: www.utmbmontblanc.com Read more
There are more opportunities for learning French (for free) around you than you may realise. Your TV is a great option in the home to keep the French conversation flowing, all you have to do is tune in, watch and learn! When you’re getting ready for work in the morning, how about putting on your TV and tuning […] Read more
Formation Professionelle; information for taking French lessons whilst you are working. Anyone working in France on a French contract (CDD) or as self employed can apply to a ‘Caisse de Formation’ to receive a partial or full bursary towards the cost of French studies. The amount you can apply for depends on your individual circumstances. […] Read more
The role of a Mountain Guide is a very special one. They inspire, mentor, push us and protect us as much as they can in our alpine adventures. Mountain Guides are especially important in Chamonix where the mountains can be a very daunting place. To show our appreciation of the work the Guides do, we […] Read more