Why Learn French – Top 7 Reasons For Learning The Beautiful Language

Why Learn FrenchOver the years lots of people have asked me: why learn French as a foreign language? Here are my personal reasons why I think it’s such a great idea to learn this wonderful language.

French Sounds Nice!

In my opinion when people speak French, it has a BEAUTIFUL sound that is like music to the ears. Personally, I have enjoyed listening to French since the very first day I heard it when I was a child.

Close to Other Romance Languages

Another great aspect to learning the French language is that it is a Latin-based, or Romance language. This means that the words which make up the language were derived from Latin.

In addition to French there are several other Latin-based languages including Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian. By mastering French you will have the ability to study the other Latin languages much easier because a lot of the vocabulary and grammatical rules are very similar.

Along this line of thought you will find that a large percentage of the words in French are very similar to English. Indeed most of the “process” words which end in the suffix “tion” such as investigation are very similar in French.

Furthermore, many adverbs which end in “ent” and “ly” English such as probably are also very similar in French. This makes the language quite easy to learn for English speakers.

French: Truly An International Language

Although English has become the international language French is also very useful in many countries. There are 80 million people worldwide who use French as their first language and about 50 million who use French as a second language.

Countries Where French Is Spoken

French is the official language of France and a the predominant language of the province of Québec in Canada. It is also spoken in other European countries including Belgium and Switzerland. Many North African countries which use French including Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. Sub-Saharan African countries which use French include the West-African nations of Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Cameroon, Mali, Niger, the Democratic Republic of Congo and Madagascar. In the South Pacific Ocean French-speaking countries include French Polynesia and New Caledonia.

Speed up your learning with an app

Many of our students have greatly enhanced their learning by using an app. On these pages we've examined the top-30 apps for learning French. On this pages we've written comprehensive reviews for Pimsleur (great for people struggling with pronunciation), Rosetta Stone and FrenchPod101 (both great for visual learners).

Find A Job Easier!

Another reason to learn French is that it is useful for finding employment. Indeed, having good knowledge of a second language can make your resume much stronger and help you to land a new position in a company.

A Great Tool For Friendship, Dating & Romance

Another huge advantage to learning French is that it can help you meet new friends all over the world and maybe even offer you the opportunity for dating and romance. Indeed, by being able to speak French you have a higher chance of being able to form closer relationships with native French speakers.

A Great Tool For Understanding French Culture

Finally, one of the biggest reasons why I suggest you study French is that it can help you to appreciate French culture more. France has an extremely rich history and fantastic culture. With knowledge of this language you will be able to read the history of France and works by famous French authors such as Molière in their original form.

Great Travel Tool

Finally, if you like to travel then you will find knowing French very useful. The French language is used all over the world and is the predominant language in France, Belgium and Switzerland in Europe, Quebec (French-speaking Canada), many countries in Africa, many islands in the Caribbean as well as the South Pacific. By learning the language you can make your travel experiences much more interesting and meaningful.

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If you've found this post useful you might want to considering looking at our post covering the best apps for learning French. We've looked a total 33 apps and have written comprehensive reviews of Rosetta Stone, Pimsleur and FrenchPod101.

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About David Issokson

David Issokson is a lifelong language enthusiast. His head is swimming with words and sounds as he speaks over six languages. Of all the languages he speaks, he's the most passionate about French! David has helped hundreds of students to improve their French in his private online lessons. When procrastinating working on his site, FrenchLearner.com, David enjoys his time skiing and hiking in Teton Valley, Idaho.

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