Learning French: What Benefits Will You Enjoy?
- Apr 23, 2014
French or la langue francaise, as the French citizens call it, is an Italic language that descended from ancient Latin as spoken in the Roman Empire. It is spoken these days as the first or second language in many countries and regions around the world. French is estimated to be spoken by 110 million native speakers. Some of the countries, which have French as a major language in all or several of its cities, include:
- Belgium (Brussels and Wallonia)
- Canada (Ontario and New Brunswick, Acadia region)
- Switzerland (Romandy region)
Over 190 million people speak French as a second language in countries, such as:
- Cote d’Ivoire
French is one of the three official languages of the European Commission and is also one of the six official languages of the United Nations. Moreover, it is also spoken on every continent in the world. The language is an extremely popular choice for people who are looking to learn a second language. And there are enough reasons for it to be among the first choice foreign languages in the world.
Increasing your ability to communicate more effectively across the globe
In many countries around the world, a second language is introduced in the primary school and a third language in the secondary school. Learning French will boost your ability to communicate more effectively with people in the business world in the large number of countries where French is used as a first or second language.
Boosting your job opportunities and salary potential
Want to become a French teacher, interpreter or translator? You need to master the language for it. The European Union, which is the second largest trading bloc on Earth, recognizes French as an official language. Hence it is an extremely useful language or rather it is a necessity if one decides to work with import-export companies, other international businesses, or with the airlines. In the United Nations, French is the second most widely used language after English. So, there will be plenty of job opportunities for those who know French there.
Knowing French improves English vocabulary
The Norman Conquest of 1066 resulted in French being introduced as the official language of England. And it remained so for many centuries. Hence, there are numerous English words with roots in the French language. It is estimated that one out of three words in English is borrowed from French. So, knowing French will boost not only English comprehension skills, but will also help students to improve their scores on standardized English tests, such as SAT, GRE, GMAT, LSAT, and ACT.
General Benefits of Learning a Foreign Language
There are numerous benefits in learning any foreign language. Learning a new language improves brain functionality by challenging it to recognize meaning as well as communicate and comprehend new words. Students who have studied more than one language tend to do better in standardized tests, such as reading and mathematics, compared to their monolingual peers. Further, studies have also demonstrated that being able to communicate effectively in more than a single language boosts our ability to perform multiple tasks, as we can simultaneously juggle multiple words and phrases. Studies have also demonstrated that learning and communicating in more than a single language may ward off Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Enjoy and appreciate more art, music, dance, cinema, fashion and cuisine
French cuisine is one of the most popular ones around the world. French cinema is extremely popular around the world. The Cannes Film Festival attracts the most famous and successful actors, directors and producers from around the world every year.
Enjoy and Appreciate French Literature and World History
The French language has a rich tradition. Some of the greatest authors were French and some of the greatest literary masterpieces have been written in French. Books like The Little Prince, The Three Musketeers, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, The Stranger and Les Miserables have been written in French. Many of the greatest philosophers like Voltaire, Sartre, Descartes, Camus and Rousseau were French. While translations are available, it is always much more interesting to read the original works.
Enhance Your Travel Experiences to many regions in Africa, Europe and Canada
Knowing French will enhance your travel experiences in places as diverse as Senegal, Monaco and New Brunswick. It will help you form friendships with people in these countries.
Learning French is relatively easy for an English Speaker
French is closely related to English language. And hence, it is not that difficult for an English speaker to learn this language, at least when compared to a distantly related language like Hindi or an unrelated one like Japanese or Korean.
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