parlez- vous francais

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Well do you?

Parlez-vous français means, ‘do you speak French?’ If you do, you will be able to get around on 5 continents! French is actually second after English in terms of number of countries that speak the language as their official or one of their official languages. French is spoken in 33 country and is taught around the world. So what’s the point here exactly? If you’re looking to speak one of the top spoken languages in the world after English, French should be next on the list.

French is the official language in:

Guinea

Luxembourg

Mali

Monaco

Congo (Democratic Republic of)

Congo (Republic of)

Côte d’Ivoire

Gabon

Niger

Bénin

Burkina Faso

Central African Republic

Sénégal

Togo

French is one of the official languages in the following countries:

Haiti (the other official language is French Creole)

Madagascar

Rwanda

Chad

Channel Islands (Guernsey and Jersey)

Comoros

Djibouti

Seychelles

Chad

Comoros

Djibouti

Switzerland

Vanuatu

There are places that are French territories like French Guyana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, La Réunion, French Polynesia, Mayotte, New Caledonia, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, and Wallis and Futuna. Multilingual countries such as Belgium, Canada, and Switzerland also have regions that speak French as their official language.

More than 200 million people speak French and it’s the second most learned language on earth. Imagine being able to open your business opportunities because you know a language that’s needed. It opens your options for traveling as well. With 33 countries on the list, you will have plenty of time to learn your next language after the French speaking countries are checked off. French is also important if you are thinking about learning in France. Some of the highest education universities in Europe are in France. Lastly, learning French makes learning other Romance languages easier. Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese are all going to be easier if you know French.

Does your work require you to know French? Another language? Does your work have any involvement with France or another French speaking country? Many countries have relations, organizations, and other relations with France and French speaking countries. It’s likely your business or many businesses in your country already have relations with French speaking countries and are looking for people to speak the language.

Will you be studying French soon?

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