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The French Language

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The French language belongs to the Gallo-Romance branch of the Indo-European family tree, descended from the vernacular Latin of the Roman empire. The earliest French language text in existence dates from the 9th century AD, a poem about the martyrdom of St Eulalia.

The French language has approximately 113,000,000 speakers worldwide and is the 11th most common first language in the world. Learn French and you will find travel doors open to you in 28 nations of the world where French is the national language. After English, French is the second most commonly taught second language in the world.

In Europe, French is the official language in France, Luxembourg, Monaco, and the Swiss districts of Vaud, Neuchâtel, Genève, and Jura. French is also one of the official languages of the European Union.

In Africa, the French language is spoken as a prime language in Bénin, Burkina Faso, Central African Republic, Congo (Democratic Republic of), Congo (Republic of), Côte d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast), Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Sénégal, Seychelles, and Togo.

In the Pacific, French is spoken in New Caledonia and Vanuatu, as well as in the Society Islands, including Tahiti, Moorea and Bora Bora. Réunion, in the Indian Ocean, is another French-speaking destination.

The French language is also a co-official language in Belgium, and Burundi, Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Djibouti and Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Rwanda and Seychelles in Africa. In the Caribbean, Haiti?s two official languages are French and French Creole. In The Pacific, the French language is a co-language in Vanuatu and the main language of the French colony of New Caledonia.

In Canada, a stay in the Canadian Province of Québec will much more interesting as you absorb this French-Canadian culture that has its own dialect of the French language.

The French language has approximately 113,000,000 speakers worldwide and is the 11th most common first language in the world. Learn French and you will find travel doors open to you in 28 nations of the world where French is the national language.

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