Saturday, June 13, 2009

10 reasons to learn French

1. A language spoken throughout the world

More then 200 million people speak French on 5 continents. The French Language comprises 68 states and governments. French is the largest foreign language learned after English and the ninth most spoken in the world. It is equally the only language with English that one can learn in every country in the world. France has a very large network of cultural establishments abroad where it is learned in French courses by more than 750000 persons.

2. A language in order to find employment
Speaking French and English is an asset for multiplying your chances in the international hunt for employment. The knowledge of French opens the doors of French enterprises in France as well as abroad in all of the Francophone countries (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and all over the African Continent). France, the fifth commercial power and third most welcoming for foreign investments, is a leading economic partner.

3. The language of culture
French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and architecture. Knowing French, it is to have access to the original version of large texts of French literature and the Francophone but equally in cinema and in song. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Moliere, Leopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon, and Zinedine Zidane.

4. A language for traveling
France is the most visited country in the world with more than 70 million visitors each year. With a knowledge of French, it is often more pleasant to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from warmth of the Cote d’Azur in the snow covered Alps to the untamed coasts of Brittany) but also taking in the culture, the attitudes, and the art of life of the French. French is also very useful when one visits Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, les Seychelles…

5. A language for studying in the French Universities
Speaking French notably permits pursuing studies in France in the reputable universities or in the great schools of commerce and engineering, classes among the best superior establishments in Europe and in the world. The students mastering the French language can benefit with French government scholarships in order to attend a third cycle of studies in France in all the disciplines and to obtain internationally recognized diplomas.

6. The other language of international relations
French, is the language of work and the official language of the UN, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross… and many other international judicial groups. French is the language of three city seats of European Institutions: Strasbourg, Brussels, and Luxembourg.

7. A language for opening oneself to the world
English and German, French is the third language on the Internet ahead of Spanish. Knowing French permits taking another look at the world of communications with Francophones on all of the continents and informing oneself gracefully in the large international media in the French language. (TV5, France 24, Radio France International)

8. A pleasant language to learn
French is an easy language to learn. Numerous methods exist for learning French in amusing ways for children or adults. One can also very quickly attain a level for communicating in French.

9. A language for learning other languages
Learning French helps one in learning other languages, notably the Latin languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian) but also English since French provided more than 50% of the English vocabulary.

10. The Language of Love and Spirit
Learning French, it is foremost the pleasure of learning a beautiful language, rich and melodious that everyone often call it the language of love. French is also an analytical language which structures thoughts and develops critical thinking which is very useful in discussions or negotiations.

Source: Consulate General of France in New Orleans

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  1. Yes, French is very important language. It is second spoken language.

    French immersion is very helpful while travelling Europe.