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learning French in Lausanne

I am moving to Lausanne in March and want to take an intensive language course to learn French. I have been learning it at home for a month now and can read basic things fairly well. But I can't speak it very fast and have trouble understanding it when spoken. Does anyone know if I should start as a true beginner in the beginner course or would I be considered beginner-intermediate? Thanks!!
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Old 24.01.2013, 17:17
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

The best thing is to ask at the language center to do a test so you will know exactly which level you are.
Then, if you want to practice what you are learning, I could give you a weekly conversation course for 1h. If you are interested, send me a pm.

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Re: learning French in Lausanne

After free online courses and living here for almost a year, I was placed in an A1/A2 class. My husband's 4 years of high school classes translated to A2/B1. If your spouse is at EPFL, you can take the courses here at the language center like we did.
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The best thing is to ask at the language center to do a test so you will know exactly which level you are.
Then, if you want to practice what you are learning, I could give you a weekly conversation course for 1h. If you are interested, send me a pm.

Bon courage!
Can you give me the contact of language center where I can register for learning French? In lausanne, can we find French course in our community (e.g I live in Bussigny, is there any course for residents living near Bussigny)
Many thanks for your support
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

I was recommended http://www.institutrichelieu.com Have been going for two weeks now.
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I was recommended http://www.institutrichelieu.com Have been going for two weeks now.
Many tks but i see the fee is quite high for me. Any other sugesstions you have?
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

I am having lessons at Wessex Academy, I find them pretty good.
If you are yet to move here, you will find that a lot of things (french lessons included) are more expensive than you expect - you will get used to it!

The micros courses may be cheaper!
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Look into Migros. I found them to be relatively inexpensive and good. http://www.ecole-club.ch/

Forgot to say they have an online test to guage your level. Bonne chance!

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Re: learning French in Lausanne

I agree with the recommendation for Ecole Migros, their classes are not too expensive and the teacher we have is great.
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

In addition to a formal course you might try the UNIL Tandem Program.
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

Hi,
I took french classes for about a year at Ecole Agora in Lausanne. I found it to be quite good. http://www.ecoleagora.ch/

Before that, I took classes at Ecole Migros and was really disappointed by the quality of the professors and the engagement of the other students. Would not recommend.

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Re: learning French in Lausanne

Hello,

Also, you could also look in Lausanne University: http://www.unil.ch/cvac/page5406_en.html

That's open to everyone (not just students).
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Also, you could also look in Lausanne University: http://www.unil.ch/cvac/page5406_en.html

That's open to everyone (not just students).
These are great ways to improve your confidence and get you speaking. I've done them and can recommend both the Tandem programme and the courses. I would advise you to buy a grammar practice book and just go through the exercises at home, that will supplement these courses nicely.
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

In case you have an iPhone or other iOS device, I've been using an app called Duo Lingo and it's a pretty fun way to learn a language.

http://www.duolingo.com/

It seems to be available on Android too, but no experience with that platform.
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

I learnt French by listening and talking. It shows when I write . I could never get the energy to do courses. So kudos to those who do that.

A barrier to understanding everyday french is the huge amount of slang, much more than in English and used in much more everyday contexts. So I recommend completing the grammar lessons with this book:

"Merde!: The Real French You Were Never Taught at School". You certainly should not use all the ruder words straight away, but at least you can work out what people are saying. And there is a Michelin star system with three stars reserved for only the rudest expressions. Very useful for advanced learners .
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

Hello,
Does anyone know of affordable French lessons in Lausanne? I just graduated here (and my French is still horrible) and knew there were free French courses as an international student at UNIL/EPFL during the school year. The courses mentioned in this thread are pretty expensive without employment...
Any tips?
Thx!
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Re: learning French in Lausanne

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Does anyone know of affordable French lessons in Lausanne? I just graduated here (and my French is still horrible) and knew there were free French courses as an international student at UNIL/EPFL during the school year. The courses mentioned in this thread are pretty expensive without employment...
Any tips?
Thx!
There's this starting next week:
http://www.20min.ch/ro/news/vaud/sto...plage-23651683
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