Why Know a Foreign Language?
Why Choose French?
by Valerie Rushanan
L’église avait des voûtes
La balle a percé l’armure Le...
Why know a language?
 Speaking another language is in demand
for many types of jobs!
 Go to indeed.com and enter a langu...
Why know a language?
 More problems need global teams to solve them:
Les Alpes
Martigny, Suisse
 National security and d...
Why know a language?
La place principale
Cracovie (Kraków), Pologne
 The best or least expensive
human resources are ofte...
Versailles, France
 Make your mind more adaptable:
a 21st-century skill!
 Bilingualism slows the onset of dementia
 Lea...
 Most people in the world are bilingual
 Only a small percentage of U.S. residents are
Why know a language?
 Gain acces...
Why choose French?
 In 2013, 300 million total:
 110 million native speakers
 190 million second-language speakers
 In...
 Identity
 Who am I?
 Where do I come from?
 What are my values?
Why choose French?
 The U.S. was founded by working ...
 International work
 Many companies from French-speaking countries have
offices in the U.S.
 Many American companies an...
Travel and fun
 Gain access to
things you can’t get
by staying home and
speaking just one
language
Le Château Frontenac,
...
 Museums, architecture,
history, food…
 Why do YOU want to go?
 France is the #1
most visited country
in the world.
Why...
 Most visited countries:
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tourism_rankings
 Number of French speakers, map:
 http:/...
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Why Know a Foreign Language? Why Choose French?

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The benefits of knowing a foreign language, and reasons that French is a good choice. French is very useful in business (I have 20 years' experience).

The number of speakers of French is expected to grow dramatically to nearly 1 billion by 2060: think of what that means to people who are in middle school through college now!

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Why Know a Foreign Language? Why Choose French?

  1. 1. Why Know a Foreign Language? Why Choose French? by Valerie Rushanan L’église avait des voûtes La balle a percé l’armure Le ciel était gris La porte était rougeLa rose était rouge
  2. 2. Why know a language?  Speaking another language is in demand for many types of jobs!  Go to indeed.com and enter a language! La cité interdite Pékin (Beijing), Chine  You’ll have co-workers and customers all over the world  You must communicate clearly with them.
  3. 3. Why know a language?  More problems need global teams to solve them: Les Alpes Martigny, Suisse  National security and diplomacy  Environmental and healthcare issues  Energy efficiency  Clean water  AIDS
  4. 4. Why know a language? La place principale Cracovie (Kraków), Pologne  The best or least expensive human resources are often available in other locations  Software is released in multiple languages simultaneously  More problems need global teams to solve them:  Global teams allow work to be done around the clock
  5. 5. Versailles, France  Make your mind more adaptable: a 21st-century skill!  Bilingualism slows the onset of dementia  Learn about your first language, expand your vocabulary  Understand how languages are related or are different Why know a language?
  6. 6.  Most people in the world are bilingual  Only a small percentage of U.S. residents are Why know a language?  Gain access to new ideas, places, & activities  Interests vary by culture, so some things aren’t translated  Experiencing a place in person is the best! Muséum national d’histoire naturelle, Paris
  7. 7. Why choose French?  In 2013, 300 million total:  110 million native speakers  190 million second-language speakers  In 2025, 500 million total  In 2060, 1 billion total  The number of French speakers worldwide is expected to rise dramatically.
  8. 8.  Identity  Who am I?  Where do I come from?  What are my values? Why choose French?  The U.S. was founded by working with French politicians and philosophers.  Much of the U.S. (Louisiana purchase) was under French control for many years and retains some laws.  Many Americans are of French descent because of migration from France and New France.
  9. 9.  International work  Many companies from French-speaking countries have offices in the U.S.  Many American companies and international organizations have offices and customers in French-speaking countries Why choose French?  French is one of the top languages into which business materials and software are translated La Défense (près de Paris), France
  10. 10. Travel and fun  Gain access to things you can’t get by staying home and speaking just one language Le Château Frontenac, Québec, Canada  Go places and meet new people.  Try new foods! Learn to cook French meals.  Enjoy French films, music, literature, fashion, painting, interior design… Crêpe fraise - chocolat, faite à la maison !
  11. 11.  Museums, architecture, history, food…  Why do YOU want to go?  France is the #1 most visited country in the world. Why choose French? Le Louvre, Paris Des cafés à Paris
  12. 12.  Most visited countries:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/World_Tourism_rankings  Number of French speakers, map:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/French_language  http://www.francophonie.org/Denombrement-des-francophones.html  Languages in high demand for translation:  http://www.altalang.com/beyond-words/2010/02/01/top-20-target-languages-a-year-in-translation/  Bilingualism slows the onset of dementia:  http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmedhealth/behindtheheadlines/news/2013-11-08-being-bilingual-may-slow-the- onset-of-dementia/  http://news.nationalgeographic.com/news/2011/02/100218-bilingual-brains-alzheimers-dementia-science-aging/  Number of bilinguals in the world and in the U.S.:  http://www.huffingtonpost.com/steve-leveen/how-america-can-get-her-b_b_545925.html  Photo of China: Jennifer Thorson. All other photos were taken by the Rushanan family.  Presentation by Valerie Rushanan (valrushanan@verizon.net, www.linkedin.com/in/valrushanan/ ), CC 2011-2014, all rights belong to their respective owners. Credits & References Une Citroën, Paris

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