Why Learn French?
French is an international language spoken by over 220 million people in more than 77 countries globally. It is the only language alongside English taught in every country in the world! Much of the English language has its roots in French, thanks to the Norman invasion of England 1000 years ago. It is the language of international relations, the official language used by the United Nations, the European Union, NATO, UNESCO, the International Olympic Committee, International Red Cross, and other world organizations. Learning French gives the ability to learn other Romance languages, such as Spanish, with greater ease.
Give your child the gift of knowing how to speak, read, write, and understand French and you'll be opening up doors for their future.
Top Ten Reasons to Choose French
1. A world language
More than 220 million people speak French on five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
2. A language for learning other languages
French is a good base for learning other languages, especially the Romance languages of Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, and Romanian. Being able to read, speak, write, and understand French by the end of Elementary school makes learning Spanish in Middle school (or earlier) a breeze.
3. A language that is fun to learn
French is an easy language for English speakers to learn. A large amount of English vocabulary has its roots in French; fifty percent of our current English vocabulary is derived from French.
4. The language of reason - and love
French is the language of great philosophers (Descartes, Sartre, Derrida) and eminent scientists (Pierre and Marie Curie, Pasteur, Georges Charpak, etc.). French is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, valuable skills for all students. In learning French, children also learn how to argue a case and present different points of view, valuable skills for discussions and negotiations. And of course, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love.
5. A language for higher education
Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Students with a good level of French are eligible for French government grants to enroll in postgraduate courses in France in the discipline of their choice and qualify for internationally recognized degrees.
6. A language for the job market
The ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other Francophone parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, the continent of Africa, and other nations). As the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
7. The language of culture
French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and architecture. A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature in the original French, as well as films and songs.
8. A language for travel
France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 79,5 million visitors a year. The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles, the South Pacific, the Caribbean, and many other places.
9. One language is not enough
In today’s world, speaking one foreign language is not enough. Students who speak several languages will increase their chances of finding a job, whether at home or abroad. Learning another language enriches the mind and opens up new horizons, both personal and professional.
10. A language that opens up the world
After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all over the world and news from the leading French-language international media.
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Are you ready to enroll your child at a school that will give them the benefit of knowing a second internationally recognized language?