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1. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

Has anyone ever studied French in Africa? I want to learn the language, but also get some experience just living with the people, perhaps through volunteering. Im leaning towards Senegal, but any ideas?

2. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

wouldn't it be better to learn French before going to west-Africa? A basic course will perhaps be good, the rest you will learn with the contacts you have in Senegal. Good luck;)

3. Posted by flo jo (Respected Member 414 posts) 9y

It´s a strange idea, why not learn french in France? As long as you know each country has his own accent and way to speak. There are a couple of countries which speak french, however the politic stability is not too good e.g Ivory Coast. French is a colonial language and France lost her colonies in the 60´s, nowdays the youngters in most of the ex-colonies prefer to learn english.

4. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting flo jo

It´s a strange idea, why not learn french in France? As long as you know each country has his own accent and way to speak. There are a couple of countries which speak french, however the politic stability is not too good e.g Ivory Coast. French is a colonial language and France lost her colonies in the 60´s, nowdays the youngters in most of the ex-colonies prefer to learn english.

ya, but she wants to go to Africa. I don't see why she should go to france instead. learning french is not the main purpose, going to Africa is;).

5. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

It´s a strange idea, why not learn french in France?

uh yeah, i'm definitely going to Africa, not France.

ya, but she wants to go to Africa. I don't see why she should go to france instead. learning french is not the main purpose, going to Africa is.

exactly!

wouldn't it be better to learn French before going to west-Africa?

well, actually, I took 10 years of french in school, plus a night course one time. I live in Canada, so i'm exposed too it quite a bit (we're a bilingual nation, in case you didn't know) BUT that still isn't the same as being immersed in the culture.

6. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 9y

Hi,Natekristy...How are you...???

I hear you're interested of going to Senegal to improve your french and may i say you couldn't have chosen a better country in Africa.

I'm from Djibouti(East Of Africa) which is an ex-colony of France and i've been speaking french since the age of 4 along with my mother tongues(Somali&arabic)and learning french in Africa is fabulous,we actually speak better french than the natives so going to Senegal would be a great destination to go to and immerse in the senegalese culture.Very hospitable people and very rich in culture...

All The Best In Planning...;)
Enjoy your time there

7. Posted by CanadaKid (Full Member 71 posts) 9y

Hey, thanks djiboutici!

What about learning French in Djibouti? What would the experience be like there?

8. Posted by ikey (Full Member 172 posts) 9y

Can't give you much advice on most of Africa but I've been to Morocco a couple of times and can't rate it highly enough.
Not only do they speak French but the people are awesome, weather is perfect, mountains are great for climbing or just looking at and best of all - the surf!

9. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 9y

Quoting djiboutici

we actually speak better french than the natives so going to Senegal would be a great destination to go to and immerse in the senegalese culture

and you speak better French then the natives, because....:)

10. Posted by djiboutici (Full Member 465 posts) 9y

1st reponse to wouterrr...;)

Very simply because i love languages and we learn them very fast...i speak 10 languages overall and in the process of learning more...i hope this answer satisfies you.

2nd reponse to NateKristy...;)

Djibouti is great as a country as a whole where many cultures come together,children start going to school as early as 3years old where they can learn to speak Arabic,Somali,French and English.Great food,Great people,the scenery of the country is simply breathtaking,you can go diving,volcany"Ardoukoba"is there as well so you can go and have a look.You could always go and google it on the internet.

Any more infos,pls let me know.
Love Djibouticix