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Why learn French as a second language?

When thinking of learning a second language, we tend to consider a lot of factors. We might be thinking of learning it based on how good it sounds, maybe we love the different cultures around it, or maybe we are choosing it based on professional opportunities.

Either way, learning a second language is really important. A second language can give you several benefits, especially if you are starting at a young age. 

A new language gives you perspective, helps you restructure your way of thinking, helps you develop your memory.

On a more professional side, a second language opens up a new world of learning for you. By knowing a second language, you can search for information, and even professionalize yourself using different resources that may only be available in that language.

And of course, on a professional level, learning a second language can help you get a job in areas such as technology.

Why do so many people want to learn French?

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But what makes French different? What makes it stand out from the rest?

It's simple, French is not just the language of love. Let us remember that France is the cradle of human rights and values. Besides being an insurmountable bastion of Western culture. All of this contributes to adding prestige to the language.

In addition, French is present on all continents. In fact, it is spoken more outside than within France, with more than 274 million people speaking French in the world and the current population of France about 67 million (as of 2019).

Another important reason is the economic growth that Africa is experiencing in recent years, with 62.5% growth in the technology sector for French-speaking Africa in 2021. And even if French-speaking Africa is still behind that English-speaking one, campaigns In favor of recognition and a greater infrastructure envision better changes.

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Is French worth learning?

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Considering all these factors, in addition to the fact that it is predicted that by the year 2050 French could be the most widely spoken language in the world, it is definitely a good idea to learn this wonderful language. It is not just to be able to read Moliere in his original language but to think about a bright professional future.

Why learn French? A quick checklist

  1. French is one of the most spoken languages in the world (280 million speakers in 2021)
  2. Also, French is the native language of many countries that are projected to have a major impact on the global economic market in the following years.
  3. French opens a full universe of learning. Many resources in all areas and fields of knowledge are only in French.
  4. French is the language of the world. It’s spoken on all five continents, this makes it perfect for travel. Since you’ll be able to communicate better.
  5. French is always fun to learn. With a ton of methods and courses available, learning French can be really easy and fun, no matter the age.
  6. French can provide a whole new culinary experience. With tons of different recipes and flavors to try.
  7. French culture has a lot to offer. Literature, theater, films. You name it. French culture has had a major influence on the occidental world. Fully experience it by learning the language that started it!
  8. A language to learn another language. With that many speakers and resources around, it can be really easy to learn another language once you have mastered it. Remember, French forms part of the Romance languages (Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, and Romanian).
  9. There’s a relationship between the French and English languages. French has played a major influence on English. Not only on vocabulary but grammar and pronunciation.
  10. There are a lot of abroad programs related to the French language that can allow you to travel and get to know other cultures and countries.

Is French the second most spoken language?

French currently occupies the fourth position as the second most widely spoken language in the world. Only behind English, Hindi, and Mandarin Chinese. But let's remember that I am expected to have exponential growth in the coming years (More than double in the next 29 years)

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Written by Alejandro Ramírez G.

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