Why French?


We at OMM - French Enhancement Education (OMMFEE)are passionate about the French language and culture!  By nature of our own personal and professional experiences, we embody French as a language of multi-faceted empowerment.  The growth of the French language and culture is expanding exponentially through companies, agencies, schools and cultural events that bring countless opportunities for this diverse language to be used not only locally, but nationally and internationally.  To boast French’s powerful impact on society, here are the top 10 reasons why learning French is advantageous!


10 Good Reasons for LEARNING French!


  1. A world language


            Did you know that there are more than 220 million people that speak French on the five continents? Here are just a few facts about French:


  • Second most widely learned foreign language after English. 

  • Sixth most widely spoken language in the world.

  • Only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. 


  1. A language for the job market


            Did you know that speaking French has many advantages?  Here are just a few:


  • You get noticed on the international job market. 

  • Opportunities are with French companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and the continent of Africa). 

  • France is a key economic partner being the world’s fifth biggest economy and third-ranking destination for foreign investment.


  1. The language of culture


            Did you know that French is the international language of all sorts of cultural attractions?  Here are just a few:


  • French cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.

  • A knowledge of French offers access to great works of literature, films and songs. 

  • French is the language of the legendary Victor Hugo, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, and Zinedine Zidane.


  1. A language for travel


            Did you know that traveling to France is an ideal destination?  Here are a few reasons why:


  • With more than 79.5 million visitors a year, France is the world’s top tourist destination.

  • Speaking French makes your visit so much more pleasant and gives you better insight to the French culture, mentality, and way of life.

  • French is also very useful when traveling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, the Seychelles and other French-speaking places.


  1. A language for higher education


            Did you know that by speaking French, your opportunities in higher education are increased?  Here’s why:


  • Opportunities to study at renowned French universities and business schools are amongst the highest educational institutions in Europe as well as the world.

  • With a strong proficiency in French language, French government grants are available.

  • With a discipline of choice, you may qualify for a degree that is internationally recognized.


  1. The other language of international relations


            Did you know that French is both a working language and an official language of prestigious organizations?  Here are just a few:


  • 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.


  1. A language that opens up the world


            Did you know that after English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish?  Here are a few reasons why this matters:


  • Having an ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all over the world.

  • You can also learn about news from the leading French-language international media (TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale), which keep you connected to world events.


  1. A language that is fun to learn


            Did you know that among the many advantages to learning French, the best one is having fun?  Here’s why:


  • French is an easy language to learn. 

  • There are many methods on the market 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.


  1. A language for learning other languages


            Did you know that the French language is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages?  Here are just a few:


  • Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian.

  • English, because fifty per cent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.


  1. The language of love and reason


            Did you know that French is referred to as “an intellectual language” and often known as the language of love?  Here’s why:


  • First and foremost, learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich, and melodious language.

  • French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking, which are valuable skills for discussions and negotiations.


A language spoken on all five continents


  • French is one of the very few languages spoken all over the world, ranked the sixth most widely spoken languageafter Mandarin Chinese (over a billion speakers), English, Hindi, Spanish and Arabic.

  • There are currently over 220 million French speakersworldwide.  As a result of population growth, the OIF estimates that the number of French speakers will rise to over 700 million by 2050, 80% of whom will be in Africa. This would take the proportion of French speakers in the world population from 3% to 8%.

  • French is Europe’s second most widely spoken mother tongue with over 77 million speakers, after Germany (around 100 million) but ahead of English (around 61 million).

  • Demographers forecast that France’s birth rate will make French the most widely spoken mother tongue in Europe, ousting German, by 2025.

  • French is an official language of 29 countries, second only to English in this category.

  • A language taught throughout the world

  • French shares with English the distinction of being taught as a foreign language in the education systems of most countries around the world.

  • French is thus the second most widely learned foreign language in the world, with almost 120 million students and 500,000 teachers.

  • An estimated 2 million school students in some 50 foreign countries are enrolled in bilingual sections with French as one of the languages of instruction.

  • French is also taught at establishments run by France’s cultural network abroad (Institut Français and Alliance Française schools).  These schools provide courses for close to a million language students, and in the 481 establishments of the French school network abroad, they provide an education based on the French national curriculum for 310,000 pupils, half of whom are foreign nationals, in 133 countries.


An international language of reference


  • French is one of the working languages of the United Nationsalongside English, Spanish, Russian, Arabic and Chinese.

  • French is one of the three procedural languages of the European Union, along with English and German, and the sole language used for the deliberations of the Court of Justice of the European Union.

  • French is the sole official language of the Universal Postal Union (UPU).

  • It is one of the working languages of many other international institutions: 

                        * The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)

                        * The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

                        * The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD)

                        * The United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC)

                        * The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)

                        * The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)

                        * The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO)

                        * The International Labour Organization (ILO)

                        * The Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS)

                        * The World Health Organization (WHO)

                        * The World Trade Organization (WTO)

                        * The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)

                        * The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF)

                        * The Council of Europe, the African Union (AU)

                        * The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA)

                        * The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)

  • It is also one of the preferred working languages of the United Nations Economic Commission for Africa (UNECA).

  • French plays a special role in international sporting life as an official language of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and hence of the Olympic Games. The inauguration in 1989 of the Francophone Games has underscored the existence of a real international French-speaking sports community.

  • France and the French-speaking countries play an active part in the world economy, accounting for some 20% of world trade in goods.

  • A study entitled "The global economic importance of the French language" conducted by the Foundation for International Development Study and Research (FERDI) in 2012 shed useful light on the positive correlation between a country’s membership of the French-speaking community and its trading position.Sharing a common language would appear to boost trade flows by some 33% on average, mainly by bringing down export costs, making it easier for businesses to penetrate a new export market and helping to sustain existing flows.

  • Membership of the French-speaking community, which accounts for 15% of the world’s wealth and one tenth of its agricultural land, is thus a source of great potential, particularly in periods of economic crisis, and particularly so for our partners in the Global South who stand to benefit the most.

  • French also has a role to play in global communication, thanks to international media channels TV5Monde (55 million weekly viewers), France 24 (45.4 million weekly viewers) and RFI (40.1 million listeners).

            French also accounts for 5% of Internet pages, ranking between sixth and eighth of the languages most widely used on the Internet.

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