Why Learn French

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1. Knowing one language is simply not enough

In today’s world, speaking one foreign language is not enough. Students who speak several languages will increase their chances of finding a job, whether at home or abroad. Learning another language enriches the mind and opens up new horizons, both personal and professional.
2. French is, along with English, the only language spoken on five out of seven continents

More than 220 million people speak French on five different continents. French is a major language of international communication. It is the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the second most widely taught language after English and is taught on every continent. The OIF, an international organization of French-speaking countries, is made up of 77 member States and governments. France also operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language course for close on a million learners.

3. A career asset

The ability to speak both French and English is an advantage for finding a job with the many multinational companies using French as their working language, in a wide range of sectors (retailing, automotive, luxury goods, aeronautics, etc.). France, as the world’s fifth biggest economy, attracts entrepreneurs, researchers and the cream of foreign students.

4. An introduction to an incomparable cultural universe

France is often considered the language of culture. A French lesson is a cultural journey into the worlds of fashion, gastronomy, the arts, architecture and science. Learning French also offers access to the works of great French writers such as Victor Hugo or Marcel Proust and famous poets like Charles Baudelaire or Jacques Prévert. 

5. A language for learning other languages

French provides a strong framework for learning other languages, especially Romance languages such asSpanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.  Additionally, over half of our modern-day English vocabulary is derived from French.

6. Visiting Paris and the rest of France

France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 79,5 million visitors a year. The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all of surrounding regions. France has beautiful Mediterranean beaches in the south and majestic snowcapped mountains in the North. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, and Monaco. 

7. The language of international relations

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts. Proficiency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in an international organisation.

8. A language that opens up the world

After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world via French media outlets such as TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale.

9. A language of reasoning and debate

French is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking. It is the language of great philosophers such asDescartes, Sartre and Derrida.  It is also the language of eminent scientists such as Pierre and Marie Curie, Pasteur and Georges Charpak.  In learning French, you will also learn how to present different points of view, which are valuable skills for discussions and negotiations.

10. The language of the enlightenment

French is the language of universal ideals, advocated by the philosophers of the 18th century Enlightenment, who helped to spread the idea of human rights throughout the world.


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