• Why Study French
     

    Reasons to Study French
    Tout le Monde Parle Français

    French is spoken in over 33 countries, second only to English.  French and English are the only languages spoken as a native language on 5 continents.  French is the official language of France and its overseas territories as well as Bénin, Burkina Faso, Central African Repbulic, La Democratic Repbulique de Congo, Ivory Coast, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Sénégal, and Togo in Africa.  French is also spoken in Luxembourg, Belgium, Québéc, and Switerzland.

    French Speaking Countries of the World

    French Speaking Countries of the World

    La Cuisine et La Nourriture (cooking and food)
    French foods are among the very best in the world.  The world’s finest chefs train in France and therefore thousands of cooking terms are in French.  Here are some cooking terms that may be familiar.

    Bisque 
      Crêpes 
    Entrée
    Au Gratin
    Au Jus
    Bouillon
    Croûtons
    Flambé  
    Hors d'Oeuvre
    Pâté
    Pâtisserie
    Baguette
    Bouillabaisse 
    Brûlé  
    Canapé

    Les affaires (business)
    French, along with English, is the official working language of

    • the United Nations
    • UNESCO
    • NATO
    • Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
    • the International Labor Bureau
    • the International Olympic Committee
    • the 31-member Council of Europe
    • the European Community
    • the Universal Postal Union
    • the International Red Cross
    • Union of International Associations (UIA)

    French is the dominant working language at

    • the European Court of Justice
    • the European Tribunal of First Instance
    • the Press Room at the European Commission in Brussels, Belgium

    One example of the importance of French can be seen in a recent listing of international jobs (7/3/07) distributed by the US State Department: 125 required or preferred French, 31 Spanish, 25 a UN language (Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, and Spanish), 10, Portuguese, 7 Arabic, 4 Russian, and 2 German.

    Les Études (Studies)

    Learning French when it is a different language from one’s native language will facilitate learning another language. Since most languages have learning patterns which can be seen and learned this will speed language learning and understanding

    French is a Romance Language, meaning that is comes from Latin.  Learning it facilitates the learning of any other Romance Language. 

    Learning about the English language:  Many words in English have Latin and French roots.  Often one can recognize a word in English because of its French root.  Of course the French root comes from the Latin and students can see the patterns without having to know Latin. 

    The study of French culture helps students learn how other parts of the world and people live.  They will learn what they have in common and what differences there are. 

    Pour voyager (to travel)
    French is the language of many of the most popular travel destinations

    Paris

    Paris

     

    Quebec

    Quebec

     

    French Polynesia

    French Polynesia

    Saint Maarten

    Saint Maarten

    Provence / La Côte d'azur

    Provence / La Côte d'azur

    Les Alpes?

    Les Alpes

    Les Alpes

    Les Alpes