6 reasons why you should learn French (as a second language)

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1. One of the most spoken languages in the world

  • More than 274 million people speak French on 5 continents.

2. Easier to find a job with a second language

  • To speak French is an asset where you multiply your chances on the international job market in various sectors (distribution, automobile, luxury, aeronautics, transport, agriculture …).
  • Knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and abroad, especially in all French-speaking countries (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and the African continent).
  • France, the fifth largest trading power in the world, is the third largest foreign investor in Russia and is a major economic partner. Auchan, Danone, Schneider electric, LVMH, Renault are French companies very well established in Russia … Speaking French is an asset to work there!
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3. It’s THE language of culture and romance

  • French is an international language of reference in all fields of culture.
    To know French is to have access to the great texts of French and Francophone literature as well as to movies and song. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Moliere, Léopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Mylène Farmer, ZAZ, Jean-Paul Sartre, Juliette Binoche or Zinedine Zidane.
  • Learning French allows one to have better thought structure and develop the critical cultural spirit, that is so well known in France. It is the language of great philosophers (Descartes, Sartre, Foucault or Derrida) and renowned scientists (Pierre and Marie Curie, Frédéric and Irème Joliot-Curie, Pasteur, Georges Charpak …). It is also the language of the universalist ideals borne by the philosophers of the age of “Enlightenment” that contributed to radiate the idea of ​​the Human Rights in the world.

4. Most likely on your travels you will encounter someone that speaks French 

  • France is the most visited country in the world with more than 80 million visitors in 2014, and Americans and British tourists are among the top 5 in France!
  • Having an idea of French, it is so much more pleasant to visit Paris, to visit Nice, St. Tropez,  and all the regions of France (from the sweetness of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the wild coast of Brittany) Culture and the French way of life.
  • French is also useful when visiting Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, Seychelles…the list goes on.
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5. You’ll need it if you want to study at a French university

  • In particular, speaking French enables students to pursue their studies in France, often at very advantageous cost (compared to the cost of college fees in the USA), in well-known universities or in business and engineering schools, ranked among the best institutions in Europe and in the world.
  • Students who are proficient in French can benefit from scholarships from the French government to pursue their studies in France in all subjects and obtain an internationally recognized diploma.

6. One of the 2 top languages of International communication and relations 

  • French is both a working language and an official language in the UN, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross … and in several international organizations.
  • French is the language of the three headquarters cities of the European institutions: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
  • Fluency in French is essential for anyone considering a career in an international organizations, like the United Nations for example.

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