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

Basic Kirundi is nice, however I really suggest a working understanding of French. It really helps when shopping. - Nov 12, 2017
French helps in town. - Aug 20, 2015
MUST have at least rudimentary French. - Aug 8, 2009
French is a necessity and locals will appreciate if you know a little Kirundi. There’s very little English spoken here. - Oct 30, 2008