Do you need to speak French to live in Brussels?

Can you live in Brussels without knowing French?

Yes it’s possible. Some expats live in Brussels for years without using any language other than English. The expat community in Brussels is so large that it is quite possible to limit your social life to an English-speaking bubble!

Do you need to speak French to live in Belgium?

The primary language in Belgium is Dutch, spoken by approximately 60% of the population. … Many Flemish people can also speak French as a second language. Like the Dutch spoken in Flanders, Belgian French is mostly similar to the dialect spoken in France, but there are small differences in vocabulary and pronunciation.

Is English widely spoken in Brussels?

The number of native English speakers in Brussels is a tiny 3 percent, but hearing it is common on Brussels’ streets and almost 30 percent of citizens speak it well as a second language.

Should I learn French or Dutch in Brussels?

Learning French in Brussels – or even Dutch – for a short period of time, is always better than learning nothing at all. Most people agree with this! By learning, I don’t mean to be fluent or bilingual but to at least be able to understand a few aspects of, and conversations in, the target language.

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What nationality is Brussels?


Brussels Bruxelles (French) Brussel (Dutch)
Country Belgium
Community French Community Flemish Community
Settled c. 580
Founded 979

Is Brussels more French or Dutch?

Languages in Brussels

In Belgian schools the official two languages taught are French and Dutch, so the majority of Belgians are bilingual. Dutch (Flemish) is spoken in the Flemish communities, while French is spoken in Wallonia. In Brussels the most common language is French.

Does everyone in Belgium speak French?

French is spoken by around 40% of Belgians as their primary tongue, while just 1% of the population speaks German as their first language. Many Belgians also speak one or more second languages. 16% speak Flemish Dutch as a second language, 49% speak French and 22% speak German.

Can you survive in Belgium with English?

It isn’t practical to move to Belgium if you don’t want to learn another language. You won’t get very far only speaking English here. If you are English speaking and you are willing to learn another language to live and work here then I would say give it a go.