As you guys know, I am in love with languages in general, and some of them in particular. I have studied French in school for many years, and recently I wanted to rekindle that knowledge.
And I wanted to remind myself why French is such a great language to know. And I want to share those reasons with you. Of course, there are other reasons as well, but these are some of my favorites.
Here we go:
1. French is a beautiful language
Just listen to it. 🙂 It’s simple. Now really, it had an amazing pronunciation and sound even if you don’t understand what’s being said.
The literature you will gain access to is rich and filled with great classics that will let you understand them deeper. French has always been deemed a sexy/romantic language. I find it amazing how even serious political talk can sound cute at times, in French.
French is such a musical language and knowing it will let you enjoy French music even more. Of course, saying that French is beautiful is very subjective, depending on what one likes.
But I believe that the soft, melodious sounds of French can enchant most of you out there. If not, c’est la vie.
2. French is not as difficult as it may seem at first
There are some aspects of French that can be weird and complicated, depending what language you already know. But French is filled with logical rules, and some easily explained exceptions.
The verbal system is something that can seem scary until you get the hang of it. The noun and adjective have a simple dependent relationship. As soon as you get some of the rules anchored, you have a great base to build upon. Make sure you get an example that can be used for other constructions as well.
There are so many channels to pick and choose the way to learn that best works for you. Listening to a lot of French will make it easier to pick up the melody and sounds, along with some particularities of vocabulary.
3. French is an important language worldwide
Diplomacy and international relations have French at their core. And have had it long before English became such a force.
Still, 220 million people speak French as their first language and many millions as their second language. Africa is a continent where French had found a home. Businesses and HR departments still find French as a great asset.
French had over a million people learning it all over the planet. Many international institutions have French among their official and working languages.
Knowing French adds admiration and quality to a resume and definitely something to be proud of. Alors, start learning!
4. French will help you with other languages
French is one of the languages that have lent words all over the table. France and the French language have influenced Europe and more for centuries.
French grammar will give you the key to the rest of the Romance languages. It will help you speak better English as well. Some words are even written the same in both English and French. The vocabulary of English borrowed an immense number of words from French.
So even if the grammar seems difficult, remember it gives you a taste of Spanish, Italian, Romanian, Portuguese, and Latin. Très bien, non?
5. French opens up France + the French cuisine
One of my favorite reasons for learning French is that it allows you to better understand and feel and see France. The beautiful vast western part of Europe has French deep in its roots.
Amazing places to visit and experience all over France. Different landscapes for every taste. Interesting people with a fascinating culture. Also, a history that helped shape Europe.
The cuisine from France has traveled all over the world. Having some knowledge of France will let you grasp some secrets lost in translation, maybe.
Basically French has been an important part of Europe and the world. And still, has a great deal of influence. Knowing this beautiful interesting language is amazing. Definitely worth learning.
Feel free to share some other reasons French is useful and good to know.
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