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Les Expressions de la semaine

A penny for your thoughts? Colloquial or ‘local’ expressions can be bizarre, but they do add colour and humour to any language. Raining cats and dogs? You’ve hit the nail on the head! Here’s a selection of French idioms to get to know. Enjoy!   Tomber dans les pommes – to fall in the apples […] Read more

Student Accommodation in Chamonix

  Calling all students! Have you found your place to stay this Autumn and Winter? From studios to shared flats, seasonal lets or just a week of fun – our student accommodation may be just what you are looking for. We can help put a roof over your head so you can live and study […] Read more

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Studying at home with the help of textbooks

  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

Ultra Trail du Mont Blanc

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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

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Great ways to improve your French Part II – TV & Box Sets!

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

Final few days with our Overland group

After a rather soggy camping trip to Vallorcine at the weekend, our Overland group have had a fun few days learning French and exploring the mountains around Chamonix. The group had a great lesson with Tristan and Myriam learning about movies and comic books in French, and then watched the famous Asterix movie. Myriam created a […] Read more

Great ways to improve your French: Part 1

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  There are many great ways to improve your French. No need to sweat for hours a day, cramming in as much as you possibly can from a boring textbook. How about spending short bursts of time studying and slowly immersing yourself in the language in other ways? For example try spending an hour each […] Read more