Good, you are interested in learning a new language. You have made a wise decision
and if you still don’t believe me, read on—
There may be varied reasons for learning a foreign language, particularly French. While any language will be useful for some jobs or for some regions, French is the only foreign language that can be useful throughout the world. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English.
French is the official language of at least 30 countries throughout the world
Many more countries have a large French-speaking population. Canada, for example, uses French as a second national language. Close to twenty-five percent of the Canadian population speaks French.
Job Opportunities and Careers
When deciding on a foreign language for work or school, consider that French is the language that will give you the most choices later on in your studies or your career. An ability to speak French is an advantage on the international job market.
French, along with English, is the official working language of
• the United Nations
• 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 international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. Knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, as well as films and songs. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Molière, Léopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane.
Speaking a new language helps you to get to know another people and culture, as language and culture go hand in hand. Learning another language opens one’s mind to new ideas and new ways of looking at the world.
Speaking the French language makes travel easier
When on a visit to a foreign country, you will need to communicate on a basic level, at the very least. While traveling internationally through airports and transit systems you will encounter many people who speak French making communication possible. Often, the people you are trying to talk to are able to speak English, but they will appreciate your attempt to speak to them in their own language.
Mental and emotional benefits
Learning a foreign language can also have a positive effect on your mental abilities. According to the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, studies have shown that students who study a second language tend to score higher on standardized tests than students who are not learning a foreign language. When you learn to speak a foreign language, you exercise your memory and enhance critical thinking skills.