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

Some French is useful when dealing with the many local vendors and street merchants. - Oct 2019


Basic French would be quite useful conducting day-to-day personal business. - Jul 2019


Some rudimentary French language skills are imperative when bargaining with the many local vendors. - Jul 2019


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 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 2016


French will make your life so much easier. This is a tough place without it, as very few people speak English. - Aug 2015


French is essential. Moore would be great, but it's a bonus. - Jun 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 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 2013


Knowing French is crucial to getting by. Rarely will you find an English speaker. - Jul 2013


French is very important to maintain your sanity. - Apr 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 2012


French is essential to do anything - Aug 2010


Just the names of places, numbers and basic questions and greetings. - Aug 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 2008


French is really useful. Not too many people speak any English. - Jun 2008


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