The ABC of Learning to Speak French in Lagos

I have always wanted to learn French. I had interest in secondary school but classes were not so regular hence, I only understood the basics which almost everyone knows. Bonjour, Ça va, Merci Beaucoup, Très Bien, Bonsoir and a couple of other phrases. In truth it must have been a little more than that before starting classes at Alliance Francaise Lagos. I also had learnt the pronouns – Je, Tu, il/elle, nous, vous, ils/elles. I had also learnt the three most important verbs ( to be – Être), ( to have – avoir) and (to go – aller). Maybe I went just a bit further, I remember having learnt the conjugations of these verbs in present tense as a song but then that was it. That was all I knew.

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Alliance Francaise Lagos

Its a year since my first day at Class at Alliance Francaise Lagos and I will say I did it. Mama! I made it!. Je peux parler francais maintenant.  I have a DELF B1 Certification in French. I can speak french and hold up a conversation in French, of course I am not a native and I struggle sometimes. There are words I do not know, just like in English. There are times I speak slow, I sometimes have to think in English and translate in my head in French (very rarely though) but overall I would say that it’s been awesome and I applaud myself for where I am at currently.

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My Reading Skills I would say is currently the best. I can read and understand almost anything in French, of course there are words I would have to check up but that’s fine, up next will be my listening skills, I understand perfectly when Africans speak french. I understand French folks, however sometimes it can be difficult especially when having a conversion with those who have an accent and when they speak too fast. However, this only happens when we are not having day to day conversations, it occurs when we are talking, arguing or expressing opinions on certain issues on which I probably have limited vocabulary. My speaking can use a bit of work but I can communicate with ease and honestly that’s what I need. The most important thing is, I am not stopping but continuing in the pursuit of knowledge and to daily improve. Lets go through a bit of my journey at Alliance Francaise Lagos and what finally got me started.

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What finally got me started was my Trip to Sao Tome and Principe HERE. Sao Tome  was a Portuguese colony and thus the people speak Portuguese, however, they almost had french as second language thus, people mostly spoke Portuguese but a large sum of people could only speak french. Only if I could speak French yeah? I mostly survived using google translate and  hand gestures. On extremely rare occasions a met few people who spoke English and this travel experience was basically the turning point for me. I got back to Lagos and the intensive class was it for me. I took 6 months in total of classes AI for 6 weeks A2 for 6 weeks and B one for about 12 Weeks and that was it.

Sao Tome

Sao Tome and Principe

I would not say I was the best student in the class, I know I am smart and able to pick up new things quickly, but what really worked for me was consistency and commitment. Putting in the extra hours, showing up to classes early (very important), studying after classes, listening to french songs, watching french movies, being actively involved in french cultural activities including competitions and public speaking, making friends who can speak french, bothering my professors with calls and messages and sending pictures and exercises for them to correct, also making friends who could only speak french and with whom you had to communicate with in french, using french learning applications and websites and also traveling to french speaking neighboring countries.

Alliance Francaise

Early to class


Alliance Francaise Lagos

Karaoke Event at Alliance Francaise Yaba


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With Ambassador of France to Nigeria after Debate at Fete de la Fracophonie


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Cotonou Border Stamps

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Obama Beach CotonouI thought to put this out there and help someone looking to start learning french, trying to find out how long it will take to grasp a full understanding of the language just like I was. I have a more detailed guide titled ‘A Nigerian’s Guide to Learning French‘ It has the extra things I did that will help you start out and get a grasp. The $10 E-Guide entitles you to;

  1. Two page DIY beginner guide to learning French
  2. A Native French Speaking Buddy
  3. 15 French movies with English and French Subtitles.
  4. 15 French songs with English Subtitles
  5. 15 Mobile or Video Calls once a week for 6 months
  6. Tips on Planning a weekend French Immersion trip like I did here, here and here
  7. How to land internship, volunteer or exchange experience in a Francophone country like I did here
  8. Unlimited access to me via emails and Instant Messages for Tips and Tricks
  9. Books, Mobile Application and Recommendations and;
  10. Pre-Delf Preparation Tips

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French School in Lagos

Alliance Francaise

Alliance Française or simply AF is an international organization that aims to promote the French language and culture around the world. its primary concern is teaching French as a second language and is headquartered in Paris.

Alliance Francaise Lagos

The Alliance Francaise of Lagos is a Nigerian non-profit institution in Lagos whose status has been approved by the Alliance Française of Paris. The Institute is involved with the training and education of Nigerians, most especially Lagosians in the French language and culture. Alliance Française has branches two branches in Lagos.

  • Alliance Française Ikoyi

The Alliance Franciase Ikoyi is located at the Mike Adenuga Center on Alfred Rewane Road Ikoyi. Landmark is Osborne Foreshore Estate. The institution just moved to the new building which was commissioned by Emmanuel Macron in May 2019. The Alliance Française Yaba actually moved to the new site at Ikoyi hence, there are no classes anymore at Yaba.

  • Alliance Française Ikeja

It is located at No – Muiz Banire street  Landmark is Arch Bishop Vinning Cathedral. It is inside Nursury and Primary School.

  • Alliance Francaise Ibadan

The center at Ibadan is located at [.]

Alliance Francaise Website

The Alliance Francaise Nigeria does not have a website, however, there is an Instagram Page and Facebook Page also a Twitter Handle for people to reach out to them.

Alliance Francaise Lagos Course Fees 2019

The table below shows the Fees as at August 2019.





Morning Class

7:00am -8:30am

Mon – Fri


Evening Class

6:00pm -8:30pm

Mon Wed Fri




Saturday Class

9:00am -1:30pm Sat Only 8weeks


Morning Class 9:00am – 12noon Mon – Fri




Morning Class

9:00am -2:00pm Mon – Fri




Afternoon Class 1:00 – 3:00pm Tues & Thurs


How do I speak French like a Pro in 6 months?

Alliance Francaise Lagos  was a great experience and one I would totally recommend to anyone. The date each session commences have to however be confirmed with the school.

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  • Reply Dolamu Tola August 9, 2019 at 5:49 pm

    nice page. Am really interested in your service.

    • AE
      Reply AE August 10, 2019 at 6:13 pm

      Hi Omotola, I will send you an email.

  • Reply Osilama August 10, 2019 at 3:13 pm

    Very helpful post . Detailed and well written. Taking up volunteer work in a French speaking Neigbouring country could be a daunting task for many given the sacrifices but I think that’d show how much one is ready to learn and improve. Kudos.

    • AE
      Reply AE August 10, 2019 at 6:20 pm

      Yeah, immersion is actually quite important even if it is for a few weeks. You are outside your comfort zone and have no choice. I strongly recommend even weekend trips to know how well you are doing in the language.

  • Reply Adewale August 11, 2019 at 2:05 am

    I feel so motivated to go and learn French, for real this time. Lol

    • AE
      Reply AE August 11, 2019 at 9:21 am

      I think you should, It is definitely a useful skill.

  • Reply Obianuju Ukwueze September 16, 2019 at 9:45 am

    Hello , I need a contact , the number i have is not reachable – 07052288001

    • AE
      Reply AE September 23, 2019 at 7:13 pm

      Hi, what exactly do you need a contact for?

  • Reply Adegbemisola Adebajo September 25, 2019 at 3:00 pm

    Hello, please when does a new session starts? And I don’t have any contact details of the alliance Francaise in Ikeja. Also, what’s the schedule of the class and duration.

    • AE
      Reply AE September 30, 2019 at 2:35 am

      Hi Adegbemisola, checkout @af.lagos on IG and send a DM

  • Reply Ajani Johnson October 10, 2019 at 12:48 pm

    Nice write up. I was looking for Alliance Francaise site and got directed here. Not a waste of time at all, thanks for also informing us that there are no classes in Yaba again. U narrated your story very well and I’m motivated to learn French the more. I will contact you

  • Reply Ajani Johnson October 10, 2019 at 12:50 pm

    Nice write up. I was looking for Alliance Francaise site and got directed here. Not a waste of time at all, thanks for also informing us that there are no classes in Yaba again. U narrated your story very well and I’m motivated to learn French the more. I will contact you, I need the motivation to realize this dream. Duolingo tried but, not as much as a human being would do, lol

    • AE
      Reply AE October 10, 2019 at 9:50 pm

      Lol…Thanks and I agree with you. Duolingo is great but nothing beats real life experience. I am unable to take classes now so I am back to Duolingo however and I am also listening to their french podcasts during my commute

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