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How much of the local language do you need for daily living? Are local language classes/tutors available and affordable?

It can be very isolating coming here if you speak no French. It's rare to find household staff and vendors who speak English. The embassy offers two hours of French and/or Moore training a week. Some people have also hired a personal tutor or attend Institut Francais classes. - Dec 13, 2017
Though some people at the Embassy get by without French, it must be very difficult. There is very, very little English spoken in this country. Learning the basics in French to manage shopping is essential. - May 21, 2016
French will make your life so much easier. This is a tough place without it, as very few people speak English. - Aug 8, 2015
French is essential. Moore would be great, but it's a bonus. - Jun 9, 2015
My husband speaks French and I only speak a little. Some things just have to wait until he can help. Our housekeeper speaks a good amount of English, too. With all of us combined, I am able to do all that I need to...with a few times of charades in the market when I'm on my own. - Jan 16, 2015
It is really rare that anyone speaks English outside of the Embassy. I would say French is essential and Moore or Dioula is great if you want to do everything in the market yourself. - Jul 30, 2013
Knowing French is crucial to getting by. Rarely will you find an English speaker. - Jul 8, 2013
French is very important to maintain your sanity. - Apr 19, 2013
Local language, none. French, a lot. If you don't speak French, you won't be able to do anything on the local economy. - Nov 18, 2012
French is essential to do anything - Aug 6, 2010
Just the names of places, numbers and basic questions and greetings. - Aug 3, 2008
You really need to speak a little French to get by. But you can find domestic help from Ghana who can translate for you. - Jul 25, 2008
French is really useful. Not too many people speak any English. - Jun 18, 2008