Niamey - Post Report Question and Answers

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

I get by with very little French but it is a handicap. There are lessons at the embassy. - Aug 2022

There are several "local" languages, including Hausa, Djerma and Peul. However, most people speak French, and that is the language you will need to get by in the city. Some vendors speak English, but it's not guaranteed. If you are working at the Embassy, they have a great language office that can offer 1-1 lessons, or in groups. If you can, learn a few words of greeting in Hausa, Djerma or Peul, it will endear you to roadside vendors and help make friends. - Apr 2020

One local language is French. My French is crappy, but I survived. So can you. Not sure about tutors. - Jul 2019

Basic French is helpful. Plenty of tutors are available and affordable. - Oct 2017

French is a must. - Oct 2017

French is necessary for shopping, setting up internet, buying phone cards and travel. Local languages like Zarma and Hausa can be fun to pick up a few phrases but not needed for daily living. - Aug 2015

French is very useful. Very few people speak English. No need for Zarma if you're just doing normal work/life in Niamey. - Jul 2013

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