France is the world’s number-one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors a year.
A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snow-capped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life.
French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Belgium, Monaco, the Seychelles, Martinique, and other beautiful places.
5. The other language of international relations
French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.
French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
6. A language for higher education
Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French, Swiss-French, Belgian, and French Canadian universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world.
Students with a good level of French are eligible for Swiss and French government scholarships to enroll in postgraduate courses in France in any discipline and qualify for internationally recognised Swiss and French degrees.
7. A language that opens up the world
After English and German, French is the third most used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish.
An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all the continents and news from the leading French-language international media (TV5, France 24, Radio France Internationale, RTS Info and TF1 [Switzerland]).
8. A language that is fun to learn
Contrary to popular belief, French is an easy language to learn. There are many methods that make learning French enjoyable for children and adults alike.
It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French! Oui, oui!
9. A language for learning other languages
French is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.
10. The language of love and reason
First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love.
French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which is a valuable skill for discussions and negotiations.