French is a language of international communication and diplomacy and the world’s fifth most widely spoken language. After English, French is the second most popular taught and learned language on Earth.
French is Spoken Across All Five Continents
French and English are the only languages spoken as native languages on 5 continents.
300 Million People Speak French
There are 300 million people who speak French. That number will only grow as, according to the OIF (International Organisation of La Francophonie), by 2050, there will be 700 million people fluent in French.
French is a World Language
French is not only a language spoken in France, it is an official United Nations language. If you plan to travel, you might be surprised at how many countries speak French. French can help you get around in countries such as Belgium, West Africa, Canada, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Rwanda, Switzerland, Vietnam, and many other places.
Increased Job Opportunities and Salary Potential
France continues to be a leader and innovator in science and technology, civil engineering (the Chunnel between England and France, the TGV–fastest train, the Concorde), medical technologies (the isolation of the HIV virus), and modern telecommunications and more than 1,200 French companies have subsidiaries in the U.S.
The French Language is a Gateway Language for Learning other Languages
Due to French linguistic roots and shared history with other countries, French is widely considered good base for learning other romance languages, especially Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese. Learning additional languages also offers many benefits, such as social, academic, and cognitive advantages.
Learning French Even Improves English Language Skills & Vocabulary
A significant percentage of English vocabulary is derived from the French language. It is estimated that up to 30% of English words (in an 80,000-word dictionary) are of French origin.
So not only does learning French help with broadening vocabulary, but it also helps with improving English language structure and broadening vocabulary. For example, many rare “big words” in English are frequently used in the French language.
The Language of Cinema
France is one of the most prolific producers of international films. The Cannes International Film Festival annually attracts the attention of the world when the best films, directors and actors are named. When you understand French you don’t need to rely on subtitles to enjoy a French film.
France is the #1 Destination for Tourism
It is no surprise that France is the top destination for tourism. France has the world’s most iconic landmarks, world-class art and architecture, the best cuisine, stunning beaches and countryside, resorts, and a staggering amount of history.
When Traveling French Language Offers a Full Immersion Experience
Students can truly experience France’s incomparable culture and meaningfully connect with the locals. As France is a widely spoken language worldwide, students can access many immersion experiences. Immersion opens doors to a deeper understanding and appreciation of cultures.
French is a Language of Love, Reason, and Debate
Many might know French as the universal language of love, but French is also a language of reason and debate. French was the language of the 18th-century Enlightenment and even spoken in the European courts, in business meetings, and even used for writing treaties. No surprise that to this day, French is a language of business and international relations.
French is the Language of Many Great Literary Masterpieces
As most have heard, French is often used in literature and on stage. Students who know French can access and explore a vast amount of literature in the original language. Students can enjoy Voltaire, Emile Zola, Jules Verne, George Sand, Victor Hugo, and Olympe de Gouges. Or dive into the ideas of Descartes, Sartre, and Rousseau or the science of Marie Curie, Louis Pasteur, and Jean-Baptist Lamarck.
French is the Language of Many International Organizations
French is a working and official language of the UN, European Union, UNESCO, NATO, Red Cross, and the International Olympic Committee.
Speaking French is an asset for students who see themselves working in public service or in careers that have close relations with the international organizations.
French is a Language of Business
As France is one of the largest world economies, it attracts entrepreneurs and the very best innovators from around the world. United States is has strong business relations with France and French-speaking countries. For example, United States invests more in France than it does any to any other country. US is also heavily involved in the French-speaking economy in the export industry.
The French Language Provides Opportunities to Access the Worlds best Universities
The French education system is of the highest international standard. The French Curriculum is recognized internationally by universities and schools globally. The French teachers are innovative, supportive, and have high expectations for students’ success. Speaking French opens up opportunities for higher education at some of France’s best-known universities.
France is the Only Country that Has Chosen to Have a National Teaching System Abroad
Agence pour l’Enseignement Français a l’Etranger, or AEFE is the world’s largest school network that supports the French national teaching system abroad. The bilingual schools that use languages other than French often lack an accreditation system with high educational requirements.