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I would like to increase my French knowledge beyond all the basic phrases (from travel phrasebooks) and romantic/swear words (taught by French uni mates).

Any idea where in Kuching I can take French lessons?

Preferably a chance to learn all there is to learn about the language, including vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures and speaking.

Even if there's any classes here in Kuching, I think it's FAT chance they are able to prepare students to sit for Test de connaissance du Français (http://www.ciep.fr/en/tcf/). Hmm.

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Êtes-vous français? Il n'est pas facile de parler français.
lol... google trans...
Well, I have no idea if there's any! haha!
Never heard of them...

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I went for a French class before (not in Kuching), and I left after 5 weeks.

I had so many things going on with my uni work and to learn another language, especially French is just too damn difficult. Couldn't find the commitment to allocate my entire time to learn it.

Remember, how hard is it? As hard as learning Chinese for non-Chinese.

There is the feminine and masculine tittle and referrals.

As far as I remembered from what I learned, these are as much as I could speak in French, and paid AUD1998 for it.

Bon Jour, ja'mapelle Edgar. Et Vous?

It translates to:

Hi, My name is Edgar. What about you?


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I went for a French class before (not in Kuching), and I left after 5 weeks.

I had so many things going on with my uni work and to learn another language, especially French is just too damn difficult. Couldn't find the commitment to allocate my entire time to learn it.

Remember, how hard is it? As hard as learning Chinese for non-Chinese.

There is the feminine and masculine tittle and referrals.

As far as I remembered from what I learned, these are as much as I could speak in French, and paid AUD1998 for it.

Bon Jour, ja'mapelle Edgar. Et Vous?

It translates to:

Hi, My name is Edgar. What about you?




Bonjour, monsieur Edgar. Mon nom est.. WinteRose. Comment allez vous?

I didn't find it too difficult to pick up Spanish and Swedish, and that's mostly self-studying (language books and CDs, and whatnot) and learning from native speaking friends.

If you've got the keen interest and the knack for learning languages, and not because you're forced to do it for purely academic or work -related purpose, then you should be able to progress fine. I dunno, I'm more of a "word" person than a "number" person.. so gimme anything linguistic/language than.. say, mathematics or accounting!

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I am better at the latter :)

When I was enrolled in the French class, we had only 2 classes per week. In average around 4 hours per week, certainly inadequate to learn a language in a span of 15 weeks.

It was going so fast, that I had to dropped out because I wasn't catching up. Yes, I did it for academic electives purposes, which I think was the biggest and most expensive mistake ever.

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I am better at the latter :)

When I was enrolled in the French class, we had only 2 classes per week. In average around 4 hours per week, certainly inadequate to learn a language in a span of 15 weeks.

It was going so fast, that I had to dropped out because I wasn't catching up. Yes, I did it for academic electives purposes, which I think was the biggest and most expensive mistake ever.


If you're gonna attend language classes, another major factor is the teacher/lecturer. That will definitely cause one's interest or disinterest! Language should be lively lessons, and with the right pace, not at locomotive speed or at turtle crawl.

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Everybody else seems to be doing fine except me. I cannot even write Mandarin, just some simple ones, so to say French.

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Everybody else seems to be doing fine except me. I cannot even write Mandarin, just some simple ones, so to say French.


I'm not Chinese-educated so I couldn't read/write Mandarin (other than my own name). However, after learning Japanese, I can say it improves my understanding of Chinese characters. Like, I might not know how to read them in Chinese but I have a rough idea what the words mean when I see them in the papers. LOL.. totally the reverse for most ppl (who say they Chinese knowledge help them in their Japanese studies).

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French?

If you take up the tourism course in Segi college, they do have "basic French" module that is what I was told last year.

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bonjour mon amis, j'apprendre le francais a Universite malaisie Sabah...je ne sais pas le place pour apprendre le francais a kuching..pour moi, le francais c'est difficile....
im studying french in my uNi, quite hard though for me studying french~ just able to get B+ ha ha...c'est la vie(its life) hahaha....good if u want to take french lesson but seems that not much tourist speaks french..spanish is more frequent language

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