Neuschwanstein Castle, Germany

Coronavirus update July 2020

As you may have heard, many European countries are easing their lockdown restrictions thanks to vastly reduced numbers of coronavirus cases.

We are therefore very pleased to tell you that our offices and the majority of our schools are now open again!

We look forward to helping you arrange your next trip and an incredible, immersive experience.

To safeguard our students, all school premises including corridors, entrances and exits, and classrooms have been assessed to ensure there is sufficient space for social distancing. Hand sanitizers will be available, regular disinfection and increased cleaning procedures will be undertaken, and school staff have of course received training to ensure the protection of our students is maintained.

If you’d like to explore available options, you can email us at info@applelanguages.com or call (+44) 01509 211 612.

Our offices are currently open between 10:00 and 14:00 GMT Monday to Thursday.

We hope to hear from you soon!

Kitzbühel: the gem in Austria’s crown

Nestled between high mountains like a pearl held in an oyster shell, Kitzbühel is a true gem. It’s a typical representative of Austria’s alpine communities. The alleys and streets of its medieval old town are lined with colourful houses characteristic of traditional Austrian architecture. Painted wooden window shutters and purple and white petunias adorning the façades make these buildings a lovely sight to behold.

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Which French do you speak?

French is such a diverse language and its speakers can prove to be extremely creative. Did you know, for instance, that different French speakers use different words to count, that some of them grow up using French words that have a different meaning to that in Standard French, or that they use different idioms depending on where they come from? Well, if you’re interested to know more about the French spoken outside of France, I gladly invite you to read further.

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Celebrating World Book Day

The world’s top ten places for book lovers 📚

On 5th March 2020, the UK and Ireland celebrated the 24th World Book Day. This day is also celebrated on 23rd April by more than a hundred countries worldwide. The annual charity event is a UNESCO initiative aiming to promote reading among young people. Many schools, therefore, organise book-themed activities and trips to local libraries where children have the chance to dress as their favourite book character.

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Shanghai: China’s Capital of Magic

Shanghai is the vibrant centre of China’s soaring economy, a bustling international metropolis and an amazing place to experience the best of modern China. Expats have named Shanghai the most attractive city for foreigners in Mainland China, surpassing popular cities including Beijing, Shenzhen, and Guangzhou. This doesn’t come as a surprise – Shanghai is a city of superlatives that will enthral everyone travelling there.

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Discovering Sydney

Known worldwide for its picturesque harbour and iconic Opera House, Sydney is a dream destination for many travellers. Arguably the best thing about the city, though, is its close connection to nature despite being a buzzing metropolis, full of life and many places to discover.

This is why Sydney is a perfect place for an English course, and surely one of the most rewarding places on Earth – read on to find out why!

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Bournemouth: Britain’s best beaches

This coastal city is often overlooked, but Bournemouth has a lot to offer – not least its weather. It experiences more daily hours of sunshine than anywhere else in the UK, as well as fewer rainy days. Besides this, Bournemouth offers extensive coastline and an interesting centre packed with diverse attractions for you to enjoy during your immersive English experience.

Read on to find out what you can see and do in this city and why Bournemouth might just be the perfect place for your English course!

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Dublin: the dream destination for an English course

Dublin, the diverse capital of Ireland, has so much to offer. It’s known for its massive art scene, its enchanting history, and its buzzing nightlife. With approximately 50% of citizens under 25, the city is modern yet quirky, with lashings of tradition and culture.

Find out why Dublin is one of the best destinations in the world to learn English – and what a week in this captivating city can look like – below. Read more…

Luke’s Italian course in Rome

Italian lessons in Rome

Below is an unedited account of a two-week Italian course in Rome from our lovely student Luke.

We first learned about Luke’s infectious enthusiasm for language and travel through an excellent Instagram post he wrote in response to our collaboration with Shut Up and Go.

Founded in 1974, our exceptional language school in Rome has recently celebrated their 45-year anniversary. As Luke has discovered, it’s unquestionably one of the best Italian language schools around. Read on to find out more – and, if you’re interested in taking a course in Rome yourself, get in touch!

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Cool Cádiz in Southern Spain

On the coast of the North Atlantic Ocean is a small peninsula packed with culture, history, and beauty. This special place is called Cádiz, and it’s the perfect study location if you want to learn Spanish in an authentic area with a distinctive Spanish character. You’ll also be spoiled by the wonderful beaches surrounding the city, where you can relax after your lessons.

Still not convinced? This blog post will hopefully change your mind and show you some key parts of this stunning city!

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