Why Study French?

The French language continues to be an important and critical international language, spoken in over 56 countries and on five continents. By learning French, you will be able to communicate with people from across the globe. French was recently chosen as the 2nd most important language for business by Bloomberg Rankings.

Think you know all about French? You may be surprised. Check out these 40 Surprising Facts About French. Here are a few highlights:

* In the United States, French is the number four native language and the second most taught second language after Spanish.

* French is second only to English for the number of countries where it has official status – 32 as opposed to 45. And, with 56 members, La Francophonie is now larger than the Commonwealth, which has 53.

* French is also the only language, with English, that is taught in every country of the world, with 100 million students and 2 million teachers – 20 % of whom are outside of francophone countries.

* There are eight million Francophones living in North America, and most are descendants of only 10,000 original French colonists.

* Quebec is the United States’ 6th trading partner, and over half a million Americans work for French companies.

* The richest source of vocabulary in English actually derives, not directly from Latin, but from French.

Want More Information? Check out these links:
Which Language Is the Best to Learn? French! (From Intelligent Life, part of The Economist)
University Endowments with France for the study of Science
The World of French