There are many reasons to learn French. For one, it is the mother tongue of 75 million people. Also, roughly 200 million people worldwide understand, write, and speak the language. Next to Spanish and Portuguese, it is the third-largest Romance language when it comes to the number of native speakers. As a Romance language, French is Latin’s daughter language, although there have been traces of Ancient Greek influence. French is the world’s 11th most widely-spoken language and it is the official language in 33 countries.
In addition, French is an administrative or administrative language in a number of communities and international organizations (including the United Nations, European Union, World Trade Organization, International Olympic Committee, African Union, World Anti-Doping Agency, IHO, International Court of Justice, International Political Science Association, International Secretariat for Water, European Broadcasting Union, International Bureau of Weights and Measures, Universal Postal Union, ESA, Interpol, FINA, NATO, UCI, FIA, FIFA, and many more. It is one of the United Nations’ six official languages.
While the status of the French language as the primary language for international communication and business has declined since its height in the 1700s and 1800s because of the steady rise of English, it manages to maintain a prominent position.
The Constitution of France holds that French has been the country’s official language since 1992. The country mandates the use of this language in public education outside of legal contracts and specific cases, as well as official government publications. In addition, foreign words appearing in advertisements should bear a French translation. Contrary to the common misunderstanding in the British and American media, the country does not ban the use of foreign words any private publication in nor in websites, as this would infringe French people’s constitutional right of freedom of speech.
France is the best country if you want to learn French. There are very good language schools in Paris, Nice, Cannes, Montpellier, Bordeaux, Lyon, and Toulouse. If you want to learn the language in Canada, consider enrolling in a language school in Montreal or Quebec. And if you want to travel to Switzerland, learn French in Montreux.
Study French in Montpellier
The Institut Européen de Français has been teaching French since 2001 in the beautiful city of Montpellier, South of France. Definitely, it’s a great place to learn French: an university town, many things to do, near the Mediterranean see with a pleasant climate.