Why French Is Easier, And More Important Than Ever



It may seem that learning French is no longer as relevant as learning major global languages such as English, Mandarin and Spanish but here are a few reasons why learning French is easier, and more important, than ever!

Why French Is Easier, And More Important Than Ever

1. French is one of the easier languages to learn

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French is the 2nd most influential language in the world.

750 hours of learning and practice will get you to an advanced level. The same time spent on Arabic or Chinese will only result in a low level of fluency. Also if you are an English speaker (you are reading this article?!) ever since William the Conqueror appeared on the scene French has been influencing English… any where between 50% and a third of English vocabulary is estimated to be taken from French. Particularly vocabulary to do with government, law, art and literature (all four of these words are from French!) due to the impact of French being the first language at the English Royal Court and the popularity of the French culture thereafter.

2. French is the 2nd most influential language in the world.

With official language status in 29 countries it is the most popular lingua franca after English and is used by many international groups and organizations e.g. UN, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Red Cross.

3. French is the 2nd most learnt language across the world including the US

If one wants a language for international business, politics, or travel, French is best, says Pablo Solomon, a former teacher, counsellor, and consultant to the U.S. Department of Education. French is also the language of choice in the arts.

4. In a world where some of us are constantly on the move France is ranked No. 1 on the international tourist list

According to the 2012 Tourism Highlights publication from the United Nations World Tourism Organization (UNWTO). The global increase in tourism and travel also helps regarding learning French as there are more French people travelling and living abroad than any other time in history which increases chances of hearing how French is spoken and finding a good French teacher.

5. French is also the 2nd most sought after or preferred language by businesses

Whether it’s European, Canadian or African markets you are interested in knowledge of French gives you good reach across the world. Also, interestingly, as China continues to develop many Chinese people seek to learn French as it is still considered a language of culture and diplomacy in China.

Still unconvinced? Here’s some compelling statistics why the French language isn’t go to die out any time soon:

According to George Weber in terms of secondary speakers, French is top:

  1. French (190 million)
  2. English (150 million)
  3. Russian (125 million)

If you add the secondary speaker populations to the primary speaker populations, you get the following:

  1. Mandarin Chinese (1.12 billion)
  2. English (480 million)
  3. Spanish (320 million)
  4. Russian (285 million)
  5. French (265 million)

Finally, French comes second looking at the total number of countries that use that language:

  1. English (115)
  2. French (35)

And it remains in the top ten of Internet users

So, for those who feel that French has had its moment and is now a language which should be shelved in favour of other up and coming languages – think again! It will be many, many years before this global language is not considered valuable.

Cormac Reynolds is a professional writer for Lingos – the online language learning community dedicated to pairing language teachers and learners, and providing a digital forum for learners to interact with like-minded students.



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