Warsaw the capital of Poland at night

Striving to the top: buildings, structures, and languages

As far back as records go, humans have strived to go faster, further, and higher than before. Our buildings and structures are no exception to this. As cultures throughout history have fought for the top spot, the title of World’s Tallest Building has changed hands many times.

Read on to see which structures have held this record, where they are located, and what their connection to the languages of the world is.

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Language courses for older students – Club 50+

Most students over 50 years of age are happy to join our normal language courses worldwide, at any of our schools, as the programmes are intended for adults of all ages. Indeed, at most of our schools a significant number of the students are often in their forties, fifties and over. This is especially true for locations that are more preferred by the older student, including Aix en Provence in France and Sorrento in Italy.

Some students aged 50 and above prefer to have their language classes and activities exclusively with students of a similar age. It is for these students that we offer our Club 50+ courses.

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Annecy: France’s exciting outdoor capital

As the Pearl of the French Alps, Annecy is arguably one of the most diverse destinations in all of France – and maybe even in Europe. Nestled between majestic mountains and the gentle shores of Lac d’Annecy, this charming place is the perfect base for mountain lovers and water sports enthusiasts. With its stunning Old Town full of historic sights, quaint cafés, and lovely townhouses, history buffs and romantics are sure to get their fix as well. If none of these pique your interest, the huge number of exciting annual events the city hosts surely will. It’s impossible to be bored here!

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Regensburg: magnificent monuments and funky bars

Traditional and funky, historic and modern, quaint and vibrant – the city of Regensburg combines lots of seemingly contradictory characteristics. One of the loveliest historic towns in Bavaria and also a vibrant student city, Regensburg offers something for everyone. It’s certainly an amazing location for an immersive German course! Work on your language skills in the morning, visit impressive historical sights in the afternoon, and finish your day with a glass of beer in a trendy local bar.

Want to know more about this unique city? Read on to learn what makes Regensburg such a special place …

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Enjoy 2,754 years of history in sunny Syracuse!

Ancient temples dating back to the dawn of Western civilisation, dramatic volcanic landscapes, dreamy medieval villages, sunny beaches with crystal clear water, warm-hearted and welcoming people – Sicily is Italy at its best, and it brings together everything we love about this beautiful country.

Arguably one of the finest locations on this gorgeous island is the city of Syracuse, a place steeped in history that boasts an incomparable wealth of antique and medieval architecture. If you’re looking for somewhere to immersive yourself in Italian culture and delve into the island’s rich past, Syracuse is the destination for you!

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Safeguarding our clients abroad

As of July 2020, the majority of our incredible partner schools have reopened and are once again welcoming students.

We look forward to arranging an exciting and immersive experience for you!

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 are still unsure about booking travel at the moment, we understand. You may like to know that we can guarantee 2020 prices for 2021 courses if bookings are received before the end of September. Courses prices usually increase each year, so you can avoid paying any extra – and also avoid any future exchange rate rises – by booking now. If you would like to do this, simply use our online tool to register.

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

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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