French is one of the official languages in dozens of international organizations , including: Organisation Amnesty International European Union (EU) International Olympic Committee North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Red Cross and Red Crescent United Nations (UN) World Health Organization (WHO) World Trade Organization (WTO)
The French language covers the world ! French and English are the only languages spoken as a native language on 5 continents.
Map of the French - speaking world
French is the 2 nd most frequently used language of the Internet and World
French is the 1st or 2nd language in 55 countries or regions.
Over 200 million people in the world speak French.
An understanding of French is a stepping stone to communication in other Romance languages.
French is the language of cuisine, fashion, architecture, theatre, arts, and dance.
Knowing French will…
Allow you to compete effectively in the global economy.
Increase your job opportunities and salary potential.
Significantly improve your chances of being accepted to university and graduate school.
Enhance your Travel in the world
Open your door to art, literature, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, and cinema.
Develop your critical and creative thinking skills.
FRENCH IN ENGLISH
French is unique among the modern
languages of the world in its
contributions to English.
Study French and enrich your English !
French is not a “foreign” language !
More than half of all English words are derived from French.
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French remains the main provider of foreign words into English, a borrowing that continues today.
Because English has adopted so many words of French origin, by studying French, you will enhance your English vocabulary skills, be able to decode many unfamiliar English words, and build English vocabulary.
See how many English words of French origin you can identify in the following passage !
Look at the r é sum é s of many entrepreneurs , and you will find they know the important liaison French gives people in our global economy . French is no longer a language of the é lite . After English it is the most widely used language for communication in today’s world of the arts , business, technology, hospitality , medicine , and diplomacy .
French words commonly used in the English language
BON APPÉTIT “ good appetite” The closest English equivalent is "Enjoy your meal."
C’EST LA VIE ! “ That’s life”
DÉJÀ VU “ already seen” -- the feeling that you have already seen or done something