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About the French language

French is spoken as a mother tongue or fluently by around 120 million people worldwide, of whom 50 million live in France itself.

It is also spoken in many other parts of the world including Canada (particularly Quebec), Belgium, Switzerland, numerous countries throughout North, Central, and West Africa, as well as some Asian countries.

A château and church in the Beaujolais region of France

So why learn French?

It's a beautiful language
Undeniably romantic, French is generally considered to be one of the most beautiful in the world.

It's useful
As well as the vast number of people who speak French worldwide, it's also an important language of business, as well as being used as an official language in many international organisations such as the EU, United Nations, and NATO.

It's rewarding
Any trip or stay in France will be greatly enriched if you take some time to learn a little of the language. The French you meet will be sure to encourage your efforts to learn it.

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