Speaking English in Antsirabe
Are you interested in English? Checkout where you can join our fabulous communities of English speaking people around the city.
Madagascar, a beautiful country. We all know that this large island is one of the richest countries in terms of fauna and flora in the world. Most of our friends from other countries fall in love with its beauty, the culture as well as its diversity of landscape. The only matter that people often face here is the language barrier. Why? Because if you want to communicate closely with local citizens particularly in villages, you need to have a pretty good grasp of Malagasy knowledge or at least, the French language.
Interesting fact, isn’t it? But why is that ?
Well, we have to wind back to the late 19th century. While the country was led by the queen Ranavalona III. The kingdom of Madagascar wasn't strong enough to resist the French colonial designs at that time. Therefore, in 1896, Madagascar became a French colony which lasted for almost a century. Since then, the second language used across the country has been French. Later on, even though Madagascar officially announced its independence on 26th June 1960, that language remains the most used one in bureaucracy as well as in different other formal circumstances.
However, when it comes to English, Malagasy people involved in tourism and international communications are mostly able to speak English at least with an intermediate level in the country; since this language comes in the third place after Malagasy and French here. Even better, if you go to Antsirabe, well known as the second largest city in the country, you will be the most welcome with your English. We have several communities of awesome people that you can hangout with and make your stay even more incredible.
So far, we have 3 communities around the city:
- The English Speaking Club of Antsirabe (ESCA)
- The Tea Break
- The Young English Speakers Generation Antsirabe (YES-G Antsirabe)
Every Friday evening, from 5pm to 7pm, join us inside the city hall Commune Urbaine Antsirabe behind Arotel, near Independence Avenue. In this place, we have an English community named: Tea Break where we hangout for 2 hours. In Tea Break, we focus primarily on practicing English (for learners), networking, meeting new people and most importantly having fun chatting with awesome members. The community has loads of extra-activities apart from the 2 hours of weekly meeting. If you want to learn more, feel free to reach out to us through firstname.lastname@example.org.
How about the other days ?
Well, when it’s Saturday afternoon, you have two options: there is the ESCA and the YES-G Antsirabe. Both of these clubs handle their weekly meetings from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. Their difference lies in how they schedule their times during the sessions.
For ESCA, on the one hand, we usually discuss specific topics every Saturday at Caren Karen, sometimes some members make a presentation concerning their area of expertise such as medicine, technologies, education, etc. Often, ESCA also has extra activities that can be held on weekdays. These include charity work, celebrations, tea/pizza time. If you want to learn more about the club, visit our page on this website English Speaking Club of Antsirabe.
YES-G on the other hand, holds its weekly session at the Chamber of Commerce, near the Independence Avenue. The club promotes the nurture of individual talents, practicing English and having fun as a young generation. By the way, during our session, we have a set plan: Introducing, Leaning or Sharing vocabulary, Debates/Listening/Dancing, etc. In addition, YES-G performs as well, many extra-activities like participating in social events: planting trees, global clean-up, etc. If you would like to get more insights about the club, checkout our page Young English Speakers Generation Antsirabe or join us directly at Chamber of Commerce this coming Saturday afternoon.
Voilà! These are available communities if you want to meet and have fun with English speaking people in Antsirabe.
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