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  • ecilassim

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    Hi all,
    i'm planning a one month stay at Vientiane while learning a new language,i'm a malaysian chinese.I'm interested learning Laos,Spanish,French,Italian or any others.I'm looking a teacher who can teach 3 to 5 hours a day.
    Also looking for a apartment for rent month?budget less than USD150.
    Anyone with good recommendation?

    #1 Posted: 21/2/2011 - 20:34

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  • Rufus

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    "Also looking for a apartment for rent month?budget less than USD150."

    Sorry but this one won't happen. Check out windows in Phimphone mini mart and Simuang mini mart for places to rent. You are probably looking at more than 150, though.

    #2 Posted: 22/2/2011 - 13:02

  • somsai

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    You're going to have to "go native" I'd suggest making contacts with the older Chinese community while you are there. What dialects do you speak?

    Certainly a lot of Lao people don't pay $150 but you cant have internet or hot water and stuff.

    #3 Posted: 25/2/2011 - 07:47

  • exacto

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    if you are going to be in Laos for a month, i would definitely take full advantage of that time and study Lao. since you are in the country where the language is spoken, you'll have all day every day when you aren't in class to chat with people on the street, listen to radio and television, read local newspapers and displays at museums, etc. make the most of your time in Laos by studying the language used there.

    by the way, what is your budget for language teachers? your accommodation budget seems pretty modest. hopefully you've got some cash set aside to hire a good language tutor too. regards.

    #4 Posted: 25/2/2011 - 09:28

  • Rufus

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    Somsai, the Lao also don't stay in apartments. They do stay in room for rent accommodation, which you can get for about 4000 Baht per month.
    Having said this, I just saw an apt for rent - part of a Chinese restaurant - for $180 pm.

    The French Cultural Centre has a Lao for beginners course; however in any case, the op has not bothered to come back.

    #5 Posted: 25/2/2011 - 10:46

  • somsai

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    Good point Exacto, plug that Lao learning whenever possible, makes many things much more possible.

    Rufus my mom in law has fifteen "hongteaus" she rents out up by the Kaysone Meuseum for 3000 baht a month. They are new and considered high rent and luxurious by local standards, most put in AC. They're for Lao people though. I've paid 150 USD for 5 bedroom shaded with AC etc house further out of town (out by Cook Sumke) Expat price might well have a surcharge.

    I'll put in a plug right here too for that beautiful half hectare I have for sale at the entrance to Tad Fane 20K USD, somtam please don't ban me.

    #6 Posted: 28/2/2011 - 07:03

  • exacto

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    i would be interested in hearing more about the lao for beginners course at the french cultural center if you have more details Rufus.

    #7 Posted: 28/2/2011 - 09:17

  • Rufus

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    Hi Exacto, I will try and find costs and dates for you.
    I do know that it is a total beginner's course and that they run it at regular intervals. You know where the French Cultural Centre is I suppose - in Kaysone Phomivahn Road, on the opposite side of Talat Sao.

    #8 Posted: 28/2/2011 - 18:06

  • exacto

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    Thanks Rufus. I found a bit of info and at least some contact information at this link:

    http://www.centredelangue.org/

    Seems like a great way to spend a few hours a day while enjoying Vientiane. Cheers.

    #9 Posted: 1/3/2011 - 10:38

  • Rufus

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    Hi Exacto, you found out the same as me. Sorry, no more to add as I don't know when their courses start, but I do know they are fairly frequent.

    #10 Posted: 2/3/2011 - 09:28

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  • jrwitherspo-
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    im already in vientiane: may 19 to june 1 at least. I need five hours with a native speaker of french and five hours with a native speaker of italian. can anyone suggest where i might quickly find such tutors?

    #11 Posted: 19/5/2011 - 19:15

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