best place to learn french
Replies: 12 - Last Post: Feb 27, 2013 4:36 AM Last Post By: Gyp
Aug 13, 2007 6:14 AM
best place to learn frenchHi there,
id like to have some opinions as to where the best (and cheapest) place is to learn french. I know that some African countries speak french, as do some countries in the caribean (martinique, guadeloupe). What country, in your opinion offers the cheapest language tuition, along with the best culture, climate, food etc?
I have no idea (although i have read a few posts on TT and done a few internet searches).
Senegal? Niger? France? Canada?...
Aug 13, 2007 1:54 PM
Aug 13, 2007 5:21 PM
Aug 13, 2007 7:50 PM
Aug 13, 2007 9:56 PM
I actually meant to say 'where do you think the best places to learch french are'. I suppose i am looking at some kind of 'cost-benifit analisis'! - the place needs to be as cheap as possible, hovever i dont want to study in the Sudanese desert to save a few bucks if you know what im saying. So, its up to you, but personally some of the criteria i like are cheap (relative, i know), 'nice' location (nice could mean alot of things- im flexible), large french speaking community, decent food, relatively easy to get to..etc.
Aug 14, 2007 4:36 AM
I'm interested in this question too. I'm currently doing a weekly class at the local Alliance Francaise (I'm in Australia) as light relief from my PhD. My aim is to learn enough French to tackle a francophone Africa trip at the end of 2008 after handing in the thesis. I have been thinking that as a nice end of thesis, pre-trip thing I would do a French intensive somewhere. My criteria are similar to yours, abitofeverything, with the added one of learning a "standard" French that will be readily understood by most French speakers. I don't know if such a thing as an equivalent of the British RP exists in French, but something without a lot of slang or local accent. For example, my French teacher often corrects our pronunciation with "don't say it like that, you sound Canadian". There are short term French courses available in New Caledonia. I did post on TT a while ago asking if anyone had any experience of them but got no answers. It would make sense for me to do a course nearer to home (i.e. in the Sth Pacific) rather than go to France then back south to Africa, but if the French in NC is so different that people in Madagascar won't understand me, what's the point.
Aug 14, 2007 7:31 AM
6I think that Alliance Française courses at nearly any level would offer good lessons with a sufficiently "standard" accent that would be understood wherever French is spoken. At the basic level, it's really not the problem of the accent they teach as what YOU produce. It takes some time to produce anything but a learner's accent. You'll also have a beginner's vocabulary, and mangle the tenses and so on, but so what? You'll still be understood anywhere French is spoken at the "Moi Tarzan, vous Jane" level--right? As a beginner, if you hit the dart board you've accomplished something. The bull's eye takes years of practice.
Add Morocco to the list of places where you can live fairly cheaply while studying at an Alliance Française/French Institute school in most major centres.
Aug 15, 2007 10:42 AM
Jul 1, 2011 7:31 PM
8What about the best place for advanced French users (B2-C2 of the European language standards)? I'm looking for more in-depth instruction to improve my French beyond being just understandable and moving toward fluency. Cheaper is better, but I wouldn't want to be in a country that might be considered more dangerous than others (meaning Morocco, Middle Eastern countries, or some African countries) since I'd be a woman traveling alone. Are there good places in Canada? I don't mind the accent–in fact experiencing the accent and slang might be helpful, since I want to be able to understand people from countries other than France. And Canada would be easier, not to mention cheaper, to get to. A big plus would be somewhere there aren't too many English speakers.
Jul 31, 2011 9:39 PM
9I, too, am interested in improving my proficiency to the "fluency" level. Currently, I'm a university student graduating this next spring, so I intend to study a language of some sort but preferably through a government sponsored program....so I'm assuming it sol have tobe in France. Canada is awesome, particularly Montreal/Quebec/the whole "belle province" as the quebecois euphemistically refer to their dear homeland, but in accordance with what the previous poster implies, there are quite a few English speakers in most major cities, seeing as they're big tourist draws/the country is bilingual after all. So the short skinny of it, what are good programs for guaranteed improvement (obviously if I'm willing to put in the effort) outside of Canada?
Nov 6, 2011 10:30 AM
Dec 22, 2012 3:09 AM
I m in your same situation you were a few years ago in. I m finishing my PhD in Australia and looking forward to doing something nice like learning another language.I wonder how your trip post PhD went. Did you manage to go somewhere and learn French? Would you please tell me how your story ended :)?
Thanks a lot,
Ps: if you want, Abitofeverything, I would be interested to know if you found a good place to learn french too. Cheers
Edited by: Julz2012
Feb 27, 2013 4:36 AM
12If you look for the best place in France to learn French, I'd say that Biarritz is the one! Ocean, mountains, forests, gastronomy and culture, you'll find it all there.
There is a French language school called SOFI 64 right next to the beach. It is a small school with very good teachers. If you check their website, you'll see that it is 890 euros for 2 weeks (Intensive French course AND accommodation with a French family). Not cheap but very affordable!
SOFI 64 French language school Anglet/Biarritz
I hope this helps!
Edited by: Gyp
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