Peace Corps - Essential French for French Speaking Africa
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This textbook is designed to teach the French used in West African nations. Thus, pronunciation topics reflect standard usage in those countries. Chapters generally consist of several dialogues, grammar, cultural notes, numerous pattern drills and other exercises. English translations for the dialogues are provided in the back of the volume.
This Peace Corps textbook of French has been especially designed to teach the language in s form which reflects its use as the official language of such West African nations as Haiti-Guinea, Dahomey, Upper Volta, Proxy Coast, and the Cameroon. In fact, French speaking West-Africans (rather than French speaking Europeans) drafted most of the dialogues and the names, topics, and Idioms represent their choices.
There are two principal ways in which French as spoken in West-Africa differs from French as spoken in France. One is topical; the kinds of things which a West-Africans talks about all the time may be unknown or exotic to a European or American and vice versa. The other way in which west African bench may differ from European French is linguistic. French as spoken by West Africans seldom if ever sounds exactly like the French spoken by Frenchmen, though each may be equally "correct".
French is an official language in 29 countries, most of which form la francophonie (in French), the community of French-speaking countries. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations. According to the European Union, 129 million, or twenty-six percent of the Union's total population, can speak French, of whom 72 million are native speakers (65 million in France, 4.5 million in Belgium and an additional 2.5 million in Switzerland, which is not part of the EU) and 69 million are second-language or foreign language speakers, thus making French the third language in the European Union that people state they are most able to speak, after English and German. Twenty percent of non-Francophone Europeans know how to speak French[clarification needed], totaling roughly 145.6 million people in Europe alone. As a result of extensive colonial ambitions of France and Belgium (at that time governed by a French-speaking elite), between the 17th and 20th centuries, French was introduced to colonies in the Americas, Africa, Polynesia, the Levant, Southeast Asia, and the Caribbean.
French (General) is spoken in: France, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Madagascar, Canada, Cameroon, Ivory Coast, Bukina Faso, Niger, Senegal, Mali, Rwanda, Belgium, Guinea, Chad, Haiti, Burundi, Benin, Togo, Central African Republic, Gabon, Comoros, Djibouti, Luxembourg, Vanuatu, Se
French (General) is also called: Français, française, la langue française