French is one of the Romance languages, and the 11th most widely spoken language in the world. The reasons for this, like for most historical developments, are ultimately circumstantial. But what permeates down to Francophones who study it with religious zest today, is the portraiture of a language of diplomacy and love. History apart, perceptions become culture, and culture creates passion.
That would explain the obvious Francophilia in the Alliance Francaise
of Hyderabad today. When you enter, all around you are students speaking French 24x7 with a zeal that borders on a sense of responsibility. They seem to be trying as hard to imbibe it as the Vedic scholars in Shringeri imbibe shlokas
! The ambience is of a hermetic cult where you would get intimidated unless you speak their lingo yourself.
The Alliance Francaise de Hyderabad was established in 1980, and has about 300 students enrolled at any point of time. The courses range from survival French to an advanced study of French literature. Probably the most definitive place to learn French in Hyderabad, it gives you an extra edge with the many events it organizes.
AF accepts students from age 14 onwards, and has the best resources in the city for French language and culture. The library is ample with 2,500+ books, DVDs, comics and journals. Teaching-aids such as videos and tape recorders, movie screenings and French language events all contribute to creating an exclusive culture that the students are clearly hooked onto.
The faculty at AF talks about advanced scholars who haunt the premises all day, exploring their own way into the French world. The library, rigorously trained teachers (higher levels of training mean a few months stay in France) and equally enthused fellow students make the ambience quite addictive. A quaint little bricks-and-lanterns canteen nestling in the corner completes the cosiness of the place.
If you are looking to learn French in Hyderabad, the best place to come is clearly Alliance Francaise. Between the cultural center and the language school, they might just manage to create another Francophile!