5 reasons to learn French
Jan 8 2016 / Feb 29 2016
Learning French is an even better idea than you thought. And if you need assurance that your time spent on French will be a good investment, look no further, we’ve got you covered.
- INCREASE YOUR JOB OPPORTUNITIES
France is a major economic power and as such, attracts entrepreneurs, researchers and the cream of foreign students.
A knowledge of French certainly opens up the doors of international companies like TOTAL, BNP Paribas, SANOFI, L’Oréal…, not only in France but also in other French-speaking areas like Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and Africa.
Proficiency in French is also essential for anyone considering a career in any international organisation (French is one of the official and working languages in the UN, UNESCO, NATO, IOC…)
- REACH HIGHER EDUCATION
Proficiency in French opens up opportunities for higher education at some of France’s best-known universities (the Sorbonne, Pierre et Marie Curie university…) or elite grandes écoles (HEC, Polytechnique, ESSEC…). To help financing your studies, apply for a French government grant.
Before that, why not join a French school ? Some 310,000 pupils are enrolled at 481 French schools in 133 countries. Half of them are foreign nationals, which makes the network of international French schools truly unique.
- DIVE INTO THE WORLD OF ARTS
French is a language known for its love affair with culture. Therefore, learning French will open up your door to the world of cooking, fashion, theatre, dance and architecture.
Studying French will also bring you many literary masterpieces like Les Misérables and The Little Prince. You could also hear the real voice of actors like Gérard Depardieu and Audrey Tautou, not to mention the pleasure of understanding songs from Édith Piaf or ZAZ and even sing them yourself.
- MAKE QUICK AND EASY PROGRESS
Contrary to common belief, French is not a difficult language to learn. You can rapidly reach the level to communicate in French.
Moreover, French’s shared vocabulary with English will lessen the difficulty of memorization and will increase your proficiency in English (some 40% to 50% of English vocabulary comes from French).
- OPEN UP TO THE WORLD
More than 220 million people speak French on all continents. And the world of French is only expanding ! French-speaking African populations are some of the fastest-growing in the world. France’s birthrate suggests that by 2025 French will overtake German to become the most-spoken language in Europe !
French is the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world.
Finally, the ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to travel and offers insights into many countries’ culture, mentality and way of life, outside France : Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other places.