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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.

Join Insted this Winter Season!

Want to unlock your language learning potential? Immerse yourself this winter in Chamonix, learn French at Insted and spend your free time skiing or snowboarding in the beautiful surrounding mountains. If you are not already familiar with Insted, our language school is located in the heart of Chamonix, 500m from the Aiguille du Midi cable […] Read more

Pre-Winter French Course for intermediate level available

Thinking about ‘brushing up’ on what you already know and improve your French skills? We have a 4-week pre-winter intensive French course, tailored for intermediate (B1 and B2) level students. This course is perfect for those who are busy throughout winter, but have some spare time before the season begins. This course runs 9h00-12h15 everyday […] Read more

Faux Amis

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  The false friend aka faux amis is a thorn in the side of any student learning a new language. A “false friend” refers to a word that is identical or similar in two languages but its meaning is very different. Here are a few to keep in mind, so that your next french exchange won’t […] Read more

Le Bleuet de France

The cornflower or le Bleuet de France – like the Remembrance Poppy in the UK – is the symbolic flower used by the French in memory of the victims and those who served in World War I. Like the poppy, the cornflower flourishes in desolated land that has been devastated. From the trenches, the vibrant […] Read more

La Toussaint

On the 31st of October Halloween is celebrated in France, but is a far more discreet event and less popular compared to the US or UK. After All Hallow’s Eve, there is the celebration for All Saints’ Day or All Hallow’s Day on the 1st November and followed with All Souls’ Day on the 2nd […] Read more

Joyeux Halloween

Joyeux Halloween à tous! I hope you all have your costumes ready! Here’s some French Halloween vocabulary to get you started: fêter – to celebrate hanter – to haunt effrayer, faire peur – to scare se déguiser – to dress up jouer un tour à quelqu’un – to play a trick on someone avoir peur […] Read more

L’Aiguille du Midi and landscape vocabulary

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Autumn is here in Chamonix and the colours are changing, as well as the temperature! Its the time of year when everyone is talking about the weather. The Aiguille du Midi is open 8h10-15h30 everyday, so it’s a perfect time, with these clear blue sky days, to head up 3,842m to view the beautiful landscape! This […] Read more