In 2002, I had no internet access when I buy a magazine with a CD containing Blender, OpenFX, a dozen of little 3D freewares and documentation in English language.
I tested all the programs.
But I chose Blender because I preferred his flexible interface.
When I had access to internet, I became addict to online documentation and release logs.
Then, I did a 3dsmax’s training to learn the most used program in France and was employed to work with. I tried demos of XSI, Lightwave and Maya.
Since 2004, I am an active member of french community : Blenderclan.
I am, also, watching other french forums not dedicated to Blender to answer questions related to it.
Two years ago, I was amazed to see post with no correct answer after several months or a year.
I read several commentaries of desasperate advanced users in other programs like Max or Maya who were unable to find an equivalent to a simple feature.
Wiki’s translators have done a great work and today, there are enough intermediate french speakers blender users to help all french 3D newbies interested in Blender.
New 2.5 interface helps a lot.