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10 common French words and expressions used in English

It’s quite incredible just how much languages overlap! As people travel more and cultures blend together, ‘foreign’ words and expression are exchanged and adopted. Its natural to hear “ciao” outside of Italy as a form of greeting or parting and “bon appetit” is commonly heard outside of France as a salutation before eating a meal. Here […] Read more

Valentine’s Day – Some useful vocabulary!

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    St. Valentine’s Day was created to celebrate all things love related. Whether you are spending today with that special someone and having a romantic dinner for two, or you’re (happily) alone and heading to a local singles night! In Chamonix we have many restaurants to choose from should you wish to spoil your loved […] Read more

Students at Insted Pre-winter

French Evening Courses

Want to learn French whilst having a full-time job or are you spending your days up the mountain? Maybe you made a new years resolution to tackle the French language for 2017, but don’t know where to start? Perhaps studying French during the evening might be the best solution for you? We have our next French evening intermediate […] Read more

Idioms – back with a vengeance

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  “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

Christmas French Vocabulary

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

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