Learning French Language

According to Wikipedia,

“French is the second-most studied foreign language in the world, after English.”

But it is the 17th most spoken language in the world ( by natives). 

First comes: Mandarin,  Spanish, English, Hindi-Urdu, Arabic, Bengali, Portuguese, Russian, Japanese, Punjabi, German, Javanese, Wu (Shanghainese), Merathi, Telugu, Vietnamese and then… French! lol

I wonder what is the use of learning French.  It’s so far from being the most spoken language on the planet…    Have you learned it? Why? I am French but just don’t get it. Why would anyone learn a language if they can’t use it?

I understand it is highly important for a child to learn a different language from an early age. It helps building connections between neurons, and develop the brain-cells.

But it doesn’t explain why so many people choose French…

If you have your idea on the subject I’d love to hear it. Thank you.


  1. Posted 30 May 2012 at 20:23 | Permalink | Reply

    Hi, I taught French in a private school in the USA and I believe it is the “chic” aspect that still prevails. The wealthy, the highly educated, the snobs, the sophisticated…..speak French, NON? This is no longer true but was so 100 years ago. The tradition and idea remains. I teach English now to young children and I do the same via videos and puppets on http://www.ludo-lidia.com. I invite you to visit my blog ” Les pépètes de nos enfants” . I post articles on; how to save money, find little jobs for pocket money, piggy banks etc….Kids and teens hear so much about money these days and the lack of it that I thought a blog about this was a good idea.Have a good day

    • Posted 31 May 2012 at 10:10 | Permalink

      Hello Michele, and bravo! Oui effectivement c’est un peu la même chose ici en Australie mais je pensais que les mœurs évoluaient plus vite que ça…
      Thank you for this interesting comment. I’ve kind of always thought so myself but was really hoping people would start to have more depth and back up as to why they choose French over other really useful languages.
      Great web site. J’adore cette phrase dans vos articles de presse: “Plus que le jouet, c’est le plaisir qu’il procure a son copain qu’il veut posseder. Il croit qu’en ayant la voiture il sera comme lui. ” C’est exactement la même chose avec le fait d’apprendre le Français. Ce n’est pas en l’apprenant qu’on sera plus chic, ou qu’on aura l’air plus “sophisticated”… lol.
      Enjoy your day too.

    • Posted 28 August 2012 at 19:17 | Permalink

      Hello and thank you fro leaving a few lines for me. You are right, French used to be the official language in England many moons ago. It seems a bit obsolete and silly to me these days though, oh, and pretty useless too … lol
      I did drop into your site and found all this stuff your talking about a few months back. It is a great site. I am glad you metioned it here , hopefully mor epeople will benefit from your hard work.
      Thank you for sharing.
      Take care

  2. Posted 17 May 2012 at 21:50 | Permalink | Reply

    Thank you Rashid and good luck with your quest. Great blog.

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