Why it is good to learn French as a second language

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Are you considering studying the language of France, and perhaps wondering if taking a course at our French language school would be a good idea? If you are thinking of doing this, or perhaps already signed up for classes, there are very many reasons why learning French as a second language can be a great benefit in the world today. Let’s take a look at why this is true.


1. French: a language of the world

French leadership (Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm)

French leadership (Photo: Laurel L. Russwurm)

A really good reason for learning French is that it is a language that is in use all over the world. In fact, it is second only to English as being the most widely known second language, and in sixth place when it comes to languages that are spoken around the globe. Learning a world language gives you a very real advantage when travelling or looking for work.

 

2. French in the employment market

In Belgium (Photo: Willy Verhulst)

In Belgium (Photo: Willy Verhulst)

 

Fluency in French is not only really useful if you are looking for work in France but in many other countries, such as Canada, Belgium and Switzerland, where the language is spoken. French is a top second language to be able to list proficiency in when applying for jobs in the international employment market.

 

3. Travel to French destinations

If you enjoy travelling, French is a really useful language to be able to speak and understand because besides France, which is a wonderful country to visit, of course, there are many other holiday destinations where a knowledge of the language would come in handy. Monaco, parts of Africa and French-speaking areas of Canada, are all good examples.

 

4. French Films and Culture

The country of France and the French language made a very considerable contribution to art, literature, music and film. There have been movie directors, such as Francois Truffaut, who became famous on an international level for their work, writers such as Victor Hugo, painters like Claude Monet, and singers such as Edith Piaf. The singer-songwriter Serge Gainsbourg had a number 1 hit in the UK and Europe in 1969 with his song Je t’aime…mon non plus, which was performed with Jane Birkin. He also recorded with Brigitte Bardot, who is an iconic French film star.

Film star Brigitte Bardot (Photo: torbakhopper)

Film star Brigitte Bardot (Photo: torbakhopper)

 

5. French: the language of love

The French language is thought by many people to be the “language of love.” France and French have long been associated with romance.

 

6. French in international relations

French can be a very valuable second language to learn too because it is very important in international relations. It is used by many big organisations of the world, including the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, and, not surprisingly, by the European Union.

 

7. French and the Internet

Everyone uses the Internet today and it just so happens that, just behind English and German, French is actually the third most often used language on the Web. If you understand French you can tune in online to all the leading French-language media.

 

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