1- Why learn French?
Here are 10 reasons to learn French:
1. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents.
2. To this day French as a foreign language remains the second most frequently taught language in the world after English.
3. French is one of the official language of all United Nations bodies as well as of numerous International Organizations (including The International Labor Bureau and the International Red Cross)
4. Despite different origins (English is Germanic language while French is a Romance language) over 40% of English vocabulary comes from French. Learning French may thus help you improve your English (especially if you are not a native English speaker)
5. Get a head start on learning other Romance languages such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Romanian.
6. To be able to communicate while traveling in France. France remains the leading tourist destination in the world. 7. Discover French Cinema without relying only on (sometimes poor) subtitles. French cinema is rich and varied.
8. Discover French literature without relying only on translation. French literature is still considered as one of the world's most brilliant and is best discovered in the original text. Note that French literature is not limited to France Literature. Indeed, numerous French-language authors from outside France including Tahar Ben Jelloun (Morocco), Amin Maalouf (Lebanon) or Amelie Nothomb (Belgium) are also well worth discovering and have contributed to the richness of French literature.
9. So that I didn’t do all this work for nothing!
10. Chinese is not easier than French!
2- How many people speak French?
It is estimated that over 200 million people on 5 continents speak French either as a first or as a second language (source: International Organisation of La Francophonie)
3- Where is French spoken?
Besides France and its overseas territories, 29 other countries have French as one of their official language:
3. Burkina Faso
7. Central African Republic
10. Congo (Brazzaville)
11. Congo (Kinshasa)
12. Côte d'Ivoire
14. Equatorial Guinea
While not an official language, French is also widely spoken in some other countries including Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Mauritania and Lebanon.
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