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Living in the Languedoc:    Languages:    Learning French

If you do not already speak French then learning it is the best investment you can make. The language is half the culture.  Without the language you will condemned to life of dealing with other people like you, stranded in an alien country, surviving rather than living, watching CNN and reminiscing about Watney's Red Barrel. 
Here are some ideas for learning before you set off for France:
  • Colleges in the UK offer French lessons - these can be a good place to start but are increasingly affected by the creeping bureaucracy endemic in the UK.
  • There are plenty of French natives living in the UK, some of whom offer private French lessons.
  • Founded in 1910, the Institut Franšais is the official French government centre of language and culture in London, check here. It is one of 150 Instituts in more than 50 countries throughout the world. French language courses are also provided by another French Institute in Edinburgh, and various Alliance Francaise all over the UK (Bath, Belfast, Bristol, Cambridge, East-Midlands, Exeter, Glasgow, Jersey, London, Milton-Keynes, Manchester and Oxford) and around the world, For comprehensive information, please visit the Institut Franšaise' website or contact the Bureau des Etudes en France: Ms. Swarna Arora Institut franšais 17 Queensberry Place London SW7 2DT T: 020 7073 1378
  • Books and tapes. Try Michelle Thomas. Expensive but still good value.
  • Courses in France. Click here for courses in the Languedoc Next.
Once you are in France, the options are much the same except that you now have the opportunity to mix with French people all the time, so tempting as it is you should eschew all your non-French friends for a while.  If you don't know any Brits, Americans, Australians etc, count yourself blessed. 
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