Why should I start learning French?

Published 26th July 2011
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the eiffel tower - the lure of the French languageIf you’re wondering which language to learn next, why not consider French? Aside from the fact that French is fun to learn, and a beautiful language (so pleasing to the ear, in fact, that it has been dubbed ‘the language of love’), there are many practical reasons for learning it.

I think the career benefits of learning a second language are pretty well-documented by now, but it’s still worth mentioning that people who speak more than one language have better job prospects than monolinguals. In this age of international travel and the internet, it’s easier than ever for businesses to reach overseas markets, and they will need staff who can communicate with their new clients.

French is also a truly global language,as it is an official language in over 40 countries, and is the only language other than English which is spoken on 5 continents. So you won’t just be limited to one country if you learn it! It’s also an official working language for the UN, UNESCO, NATO, the EU, and many other international organisations.

As French is a Romance language, learning it will make it much easier for you to learn other Romance languages, like Spanish, Portuguese, and Italian. Also, many English words come from French, so you might be surprised how many French words you already know!

France has a wealth of amazing literary works, and has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country. You’ll need to learn the language if you want to read the original words of great writers such as Sartre, Voltaire, Hugo, Molière, or Camus!

Finally, because I love a good cliché, French does have that certain je ne sais quoi!

Bonne chance (good luck) learning French!

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