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5 good reasons to start studying French

Written by Mr. Guy Kruse

French teacher

Colegio Americano del Pacífico, SC

November 2016

frenchI don´t want to become a ballet dancer or a professional chef, why would I ever need to learn French? … that question is often on students´ minds when they begin studying their “ȇtre” and “avoir”. Everybody knows English, right? So wouldn´t just 2 languages suffice?… Turns out, kids of all ages, and even adults have been choosing this great language for a long time. The “why” is answered in the next article trying to highlight just 5 of the most common reasons to learn French.

 

 1.     French is, along with English, the only language spoken on all five continents: although it is only the sixth most widely spoken language in the world, it is spoken everywhere. Of course not only on continental France, but also in Canada, Madagascar, Tahiti, Switzerland. Go a little beyond the usual places and French can become your best travel companion.

 

2.     It is the language of international relations: Just watch any Olympic event, winter or summer. The first language used? French. The reason is historic, and profiency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in international relations, diplomacy, or even sports.

 

3.     It will double the potential of internet for you: After English and German, French, is the third most widely used language in the Internet. Do you want to find different and original information on the web? Try browsing in French. You will be surprised to discover new videos and articles about whatever you´re looking for.

 

4.     It is bridge for learning other languages: French is a very good beginning for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Catalan and others) even your English will benefit as half of modern-day English vocabulary is derived from French. The silent “e”, verbs like “resemble”, and the verb “approach”, as well as nouns like “Café”, “souvenir”, or “croissant” all have a French origin along with literally hundreds more.

 

5.     Many new opportunities: work, study and new friendship opportunities will arise when you master the language. And even from the beginning you can start using it to get ahead on career, or international exchange programs.

 

There is another reason, it can also be fun!… try solving the vocabulary quiz about parts of the house. Bonne chance!

 

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