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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.

Les Fables de Jean de La Fontaine

“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

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

Possessives

  This week we don’t have the most fun of topics but necessary if you are learning French, as possessive adjectives and pronouns are used every day! So let’s jump in…   Possessive Adjectives are used before a noun and indicates its possession. They are: Mon/ma/mes – my (masculine singular/feminine singular/plural) Ton/ta/tes – your singular informal […] Read more

Play it safe

  “Have fun and be safe!” That very phrase or some variation of it, you’ve surely heard time and time again. Partaking in winter sports can be great and a lot of fun, especially when you have taken the necessary precautions as saftey isn’t guaranteed in the mountains. Depending on the particular sport, these precautions […] Read more

Adverbs – Doucement mais sûrement

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What is an adverb? An adverb is a word that modifies the meaning of a verb, adjective or another adverb. French adverbs never change their form, the only exception to this rule is tout (all). For example, tout seul meaning all alone, will change depending on the subject pronoun – il est tout seul; elle est […] Read more

Grands-Montets Opening!

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The Compagnie du Mont-Blanc Group announces the partial opening of the Grands Montets ski area for two days on Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th November 2016. An early opening which the ski area has not experienced since 1999. For day skiers, enjoy a day ski pass at the unique price of 28 €, to make […] Read more

Challenge of the month: Vocabulary Flash Cards

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  This month, make a word a day challenge with flash cards! Its a great way of grouping vocab into catergories eg.. Parts of the body… Each day add a new word or phrase to a card and try to memorise. This is a great way to build up your vocabulary! You will slowly collect […] Read more