olala! French courses in Chamonix
warning: another french author, who is also a teacher, has the same name.... she writes erotic novels, sorry, it is not me. If you want a proof click
Lesson n° 1
repeat : Je ne veux pas parler français comme une vache espagnole!
Une vache espagnole: a spanish cow.
To speak a language "comme une vache espagnole" means... to speak the language very badly.
je veux = I want
je ne veux pas = I do not want (Very often, we just say "je veux pas" when speaking in informal situations).
in case you hesitate to enroll click the arrow below and listen
Tu veux ou tu veux pas ?
a famous song of a famous French woman who loves animals ( even the spanish cows !) :
Brigitte Bardot, super star of the 60's !
I founded Olala in 2008 .
After being a journalist in Paris, a meteorite hunter in Africa, a busy mother and managing editor in Chamonix, I returned to the University in Grenoble to learn the latest and best methods of teaching French to foreigners. Proof that there is no age barrier for learning ( in fact, it's a best way to stay young ! ) and also it's a proof of my enthusiasm.
After 3 years of exciting studies, I graduated with a Master's degree in Language Sciences specialising in French as a foreign language. I am an official "corrector/ examiner" for the DELF/DALF exams of the CIEP (Centre International d'Etudes Pédagogiques).
I am a published author and was the creator of Le Petit Montagnard, a magazine for teenagers. I have been living in Chamonix since 1993, after moving here from Paris two years after the release of my fisrt book Crash au mont Blanc, which demanded extensive research and brought me into close contact with the local population of Chamonix valley. SInce then, I have continued to work on the identity of the valley. A very rich and fascinating story ... made by people coming from all over the world: mountaineers, scientists, businessmen, inginieers, writers, painters, moviemakers, musicians... all inspired by the highest mountain in Europe.
So now you know: I teach and write.. and practice mountain trail in summer and cross country skiing in winter.
Emilie, the new teacher !
At 27 years old, she already has a long life behing her. Her appetite is big, Her passion for other cultures is deep, her sweetness is evident . She graduated with a Master's degree in Language Science (French as a foreign language), speaks English, Spanish, Italian and is a student of Russian and Portugese… For the past 3 years, she has worked for a French magazine in Bangkok, she's been teaching in Odessa at the Alliance Française, and at a French international school in the city of Nice. Before that, she studied foreign languages at the University of Lille and cinema studies at a private school in Paris. After that, while working as a film maker in Chamonix, she met a mountain guide that she now shares her life with. So after living in Italy, Ukraine and Asia, Emilie decided to teach in her own country, in a place where she felt in love, the beautiful valley of Chamonix.
CHAM CHAM CHAMONIX
What an amazing place !
People from more than forty countries live here year-round,
sharing the same taste for nature, sports and a particular quality of life.
Each season brings to the valley an impressive number of tourists,
travellers and seasonal workers. The diversity coming from this varied and eclectic population, (jaccuzi party on the top of mont Blanc 2007)
More than ever I think that developping our intercultural competence is the only way to live together peacefully in today's new world. Learning other languages is a way to better understand other cultures.