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"Friendly French Scheme - participating shops and restaurants that help you to talk in French! And the great thing about the Alpine French School is that the learning and experience doesn’t end when class finishes. One of my fellow pupils was also enjoying one to one classes each morning and we both took advantage of the French conversation get together on a Monday night where local ex pats joined us. The school operates a “friendly french scheme” throughout the town. Just arm yourself with one of their cards which says just that, and participating shops and restaurants will help as you talk to them in French. It’s fantastic for the confidence. And… of course you don’t have to be a fan of winter sports to enjoy this stunning region. The Alpine French School offers a whole host of activities for you to combine with your French lessons throughout the year which include skiing, hiking, fishing, kayaking, horse-riding and even golf. So you can choose a holiday pleasure to suit you and then combine it with your French lessons. This is a great holiday for couples or solo travellers because of the different accommodation options. You can stay with a French family to really soak up the French lifestyle (and cuisine) or you can opt for the 4-star luxury hotel option, chalet accommodation or stay in an apartment. Morzine is a haven of bustling bars and restaurants (including Michelin starred restaurant L’Atelier in the three-star Hotel Le Samoyède) on and off the piste. Classes finish in the evening at about 6.15pm which is perfect timing for an early evening drink followed if you want by a meal. But if all the fresh air and mental agility has worn you out, or you’re keen to get back and complete the day’s homework (yes homework, but not too taxing), you can of course just head home and cater for yourself. The school's apartments are walking distance from the town centre and there are also plenty of buses.
Customising your holiday Your first port of call in arranging your holiday is deciding which of the French courses suits you best. and then you just pair up your lessons with one of the 13 alpine activities on offer. Above:Morzine is great for families; below: this is a town with a sense of humour! Alternatively, just enjoy a “feet up and relax” holiday and visit the local pool, spa and steam room and enjoy the surrounding villages. There’s plenty to explore! However you choose to customise your holiday, one thing is for sure. You’ll be amazed at how much your French improves in just the space of a week. You’ll be talking it, reading it and maybe even dreaming in it and like many of the people that I met during my visit here, you’ll be planning your return trip very soon. You can find out more about the Alpine French School at alpinefrenchschool.com Read our The Good Life in Morzine expat story: Page 92 with hone seekers top tips.
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