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February 26th, 2021

French Traditions and Stereotypes

Croissants: do French people eat croissants for breakfast every day? No! Most French people eat breakfast at home so don’t eat fresh croissants from the ‘boulangerie’ on a daily basis.  Croissants and pain au chocolat are popular on more relaxed days for example at weekends or on holiday.  Many people…

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February 16th, 2021

French Easter Traditions

Easter is one of the main religious celebrations in France after Christmas.  Easter marks the resurrection of Christ and the end of the 40 days of lent so this is an important Christian religious festival. In France, Easter Monday is a public holiday.  Easter is called ‘Pâques’ with a capital…

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February 12th, 2021

French Bank Holidays

The French are well known for having more bank holidays than many other countries!  So how many do they actually have, what are they and how do bank holidays work in France…..?   French call bank holidays ‘fériés’ or ‘jours fériés’ and in France (unlike in the UK for example),…

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February 7th, 2021

French Lessons paid for by the French government

If you have been put on furlough (chômage/activité partielle), then the French government are offering to finance your French lessons.  Most sectors including mountain and tourism businesses have their training fees paid 100%. What about Business Owners and Auto-Entrepreneurs? Business owners and auto-entrepreneurs can also quality for training budgets to…

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February 5th, 2021

French Traditions: Mardi Gras

Are you ready to get dressed up or eat pancakes?  Lots of French people and people around the world celebrate Mardi Gras. But how did the name come about and what are the origins of and traditions around Mardi Gras. Mardi Gras was originally a religious festival.  It takes place…

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January 25th, 2021

French Traditions: Chandeleur

On 2nd February each year, French people celebrate La Chandeleur.  In English this is known as Candlemass. This falls 40 days after Christmas and signifies the day that Jesus was presented at the temple.  The festival was created in 472 by the Pope The name ‘Chandeleur’ comes from the candles…

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January 13th, 2021

Book your French Summer Camp now!

We are pleased to announce that bookings are now open for Summer 2021! We have been working hard to make our 2021 French Summer Camps better than ever before.  2020 was a difficult year and everyone deserves a great summer break in 2021…. A new activity programme including great adventure…

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January 8th, 2021

Winter 2021 French Courses

If you are here in Morzine for the winter and like many of us, you have some spare time on your hands, why not make good use of your time to work on your French! Alpine French School are running a variety of courses both at our school and online.…

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French Courses this December and January

We all have heavy hearts about the decisions made by the French government this last week to keep resorts, bars and restaurants closed until January 2021.  The situation is complicated and we understand the decisions but these will have a huge impact on Morzine, the Alps and the ski industry.…

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November 22nd, 2020

Qualiopi Audit Certification Passed!

Alpine French School is pleased to announce that we have passed our audit certification ‘Qualiopi’.  It is recognition of our quality processes that we have been putting in place for several years. Alpine French School is a government approved language training centre and all government training organisations have to take…

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November 19th, 2020

French Translation Services & General Assistance

Alpine French School offers a range of services to help you negotiate the French system…..with our bilingual team of experienced staff, we are the perfect choice to help you! Carte de Séjour Applications With Brexit looming, many people need to apply for a Carte de Séjour to be able to…

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October 20th, 2020

French Summer Camps 2021

We were fortunate to be able to run French Summer camps in 2020 despite Covid complicating international travel.  Life in Morzine, like elsewhere in the world, has changed in the last 6 months.  However because the majority of Morzine’s activities take place outdoors, we are very lucky that life has…

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Special Offers on November French Courses

Super Intensive French Courses If you have time in November, why not give your French a real boost before the winter season?  Speaking French may be more important than ever this winter with the likely increase in the number of French tourists!  Take a Super Intensive course and you’ll really…

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September 29th, 2020

Special Offers Autumn 2020

Zoom & Skype Lessons We are happy to offer Zoom or Skype lessons at a reduced rate of 45€ per lesson if you book a block of 10 x 1h lessons. While you may be able to find cheaper online lessons, we take great pride in the quality of our…

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August 30th, 2020

Weekly & Intensive French Courses this Autumn with Alpine French School

Most of us have more time in the autumn inter-season to do things like work on our French before the winter season.  Alpine French School is offering a range of courses to suit all levels, budgets and availability.  Read on for more information and don’t hesitate to contact us by…

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