The Top 5 Cities in France for French Language Study


There are no wrong answers. Trying to learn a language, any language, is an admirable pursuit. It’s also a difficult one. Unfortunately, there aren’t any products that can speed up the process, but if you’re willing to go the extra mile and do whatever it takes, you’ll find that language learning can be a bit like real estate: what’s important is location, location, location.

Sure, you can get an excellent education anywhere, especially at Language Trainers , but if you want to be immersed in an environment where you can practice all your language know-how then the best place to study is in France. If you’re considering moving to France to learn the language of love, give one of these cities a try.
  1. Paris: Every year there are thousands of tourists and students from all over the world that visit the city of lights, not to mention the expatriates already living there, so If you’re prone to getting homesick you won’t have to look far for a few of your fellow countrymen with whom to make friends. The only down side is that it can get expensive living in Paris if you aren’t careful.
  2. Lyon: Consider staying in Lyon if you want all the perks of Paris at a fraction of the cost. Situated about 2 hours outside of the country’s capital, Lyon is very popular with study abroad students and --since it’s considered the French capital of gastronomy-- foodies. Near two of the best-known wine growing regions in the country, Lyon is perfect for a student with a discerning palette.
  3. Marseille: The second largest city in France after Paris, Marseille offers a lovely climate, with plenty of sun on the southern coast of the country. Like Paris, Marseille boasts a considerable number of immigrants so you’ll have no trouble finding others who can give you advice on how to go about adjusting to your new environment.
  4. Nantes: This is a great place for anyone who really appreciates literature and historical architecture. For book lovers, Nantes was featured in André Breton’s 1928 book Nadja, and there’s also the informative Jules Verne Museum to visit. If that isn’t enough to lure you there, maybe the promise of beautiful castles and the Loire River will sway you in favor of Nantes.
  5. Rouen: Rouen is one of those places that may seem innocuous because of its size, but believe me, there's lots to learn about this place. This is the perfect place for history buffs to learn to speak French. Practice your vocabulary words while visiting the many historical landmarks in the area including the site of Joan of Arc's pyre. Rouen has been immortalized in several different media including: music, both contemporary rock and 1920's opera; literature, Rouen plays a major part in Madame Bovary and The Phantom of the Opera’s title character was said to have been born “not far from Rouen”; even video games, the game Call of Duty 3 features a map set in Rouen.
If you've decided where to go but aren’t sure what you want your next step to be, take a look at Lost in France's Moving Page to read up on things like finding appropriate accommodations and how to set up your utilities. Wherever you decide to go, I have no doubt that you will enjoy every minute of your adventure.

Joelein Mendez represents Language Trainers, which provides individually-tailored language training on a one-on-one or small group basis worldwide

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The Top 5 Cities in France for French Language Study
There are no wrong answers. Trying to learn a language, any language, is an admirable pursuit. It’s also a difficult one. Unfortunately, there aren’t any products that can speed...

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