Tips & tricks on how to maximise your studying


Le temps et les saisons

 | Chamonix, Study languages
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. This week we give you some essential meteorological vocab and essential phrases to brush up on. L’automne – autumn L’hiver – winter Le printemps – spring L’ été – summer L’arc-en-ciel […] Read more

Les Expressions de la semaine

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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

Challenge of the Week – Mind Mapping

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  This week, how about trying to tailor the language you are learning to suit you. In a notebook or on a sheet of paper create a mind map. Start with a single concept, something that interests you or is related to an area of your life, maybe a sport you like, a hobby or related […] Read more

Great Ways to Improve your French. Part IV – Comic books

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    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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Studying at home with the help of textbooks

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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

French film Amalie

Great ways to improve your French. Part III – Classic French Movies!

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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

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

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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