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Why learn French?

Reasons to learn French

  • French is the eleventh most widely-spoken language in the world
  • French is the official language of 33 countries in the world
  • French is spoken in two of the G7 countries
  • French is the mother tongue of 75 million people
  • 200 million people around the world understand, speak, and write French
  • French is the official language of postal services across the world.

For those with the appropriate skills there are also opportunities to work in the following fields:

  • international business
  • international agencies
  • the tourism and hospitality industries
  • the diplomatic service
  • French research institutes
  • as a teacher
  • as a translator or interpreter.

French, along with English, is the official working language of:

  • the United Nations
  • NATO
  • Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
  • the International Labour Bureau
  • the International Olympic Committee
  • the 31-member Council of Europe
  • the European Community
  • the Universal Postal Union
  • the International Red Cross
  • Union of International Associations (UIA).

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