What is Francophone?
Francophone literally means French – Speaking. There are many French-speaking countries in the world, together they are known as the Francophonie – the French-speaking world. Anyone who lives in a French-speaking country or speaks French as a first language can be considered part of the Francophonie.
How many people speak French around the world?
The French language has approximately 80 million native speakers, as well as 190 million secondary speakers, meaning that around 270 million people speak the language worldwide. It is also the second most studied language in the world, after English. 120 million students are currently learning French and you might be one of them.
French is the official language in 24 countries, which makes it the second-most used official language after English. It is an official language in countries across five different continents.
France, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo, Vanuatu are some of them.
Why study French and go to Francophone countries?
Standing out from the crowd
In today’s world, speaking one foreign language is not enough. Students who speak several languages will increase their chances of finding a job, whether at home or abroad. Learning another language enriches the mind and opens up new horizons, both personal and professional.
Speaking French opens up opportunities to study at renowned French universities and business schools ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world.
International Job Opportunities
The ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. A knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world. As one of the world’s largest economies and a leading destination for foreign investment, France is a key economic partner.
Benefits in Immigration and Work permit
Did you know you can get extra points for Canada or Quebec PR by learning French? Your application will receive priority, among other things, ahead of others who don’t have French skills. To enhance your points, you have to appear for a French proficiency test, i.e. DELF, DALF, TEF, or TCF.
Travel with Ease
France is the world’s top tourist destination and attracts more than 87 million visitors a year. The ability to speak even a little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France and offers insights into France’s culture and way of life. French also comes in handy when traveling to French-speaking parts of the world.
Where can I learn French?
Learning French has never been easier. On the market, there are many methods of learning French, no matter the students’ age.
YouTube videos, listening to Songs or Podcasts, Watching French movies and shows, Reading books are some ways.
But the most effective way of learning a language is by taking up language classes. By attending classes you get to interact with the professor as well as the other students, which makes the process of learning the language more fun and easy.
We at La Foret provide French classes for school-goers as well as working professionals. We also provide DELF and TEF preparation classes.
You can find more information about the classes on our website.