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Why speak another language?

An unexpected spread

Many people believe we only learn a foreign language when preparing to travel abroad.

They don’t know that learning a language provides countless opportunities in every aspect of our lives: personal, academic, professional, political, and so on.


The French language is spoken in more than 30 countries spread throughout 5 continents and there is a total of more than 300 million francophones (people who speak French.)


French is the 5th most spoken language in the world (after English, Chinese, Hindi and Spanish) and the 4th one online (after English, Mandarin and Spanish.)

Many international organizations have French as their official language.

  • the European Union (EU)

  • the United Nations (UN)

  • the International Olympic Committee (IOC)

  • the World Trade Organization (WTO)

  • the African Union (AU)

  • the European Space Agency (ESA)

  • the International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)

  • the International Swimming Federation (FINA)

  • the International Court of Justice (ICJ or CIJ)

  • the International Hydrographic Organization (IHO) 

  • Doctors Without Borders (MSF)

  • French Foreign Legion

  • the Eurovision Song Contest

  • the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL)

  • And many others...

Learning possible anywhere

When it comes to studying, speaking French allows you to choose among 1007 institutions of higher education, which are part of the Agence Universitaire de la Francophonie (AUF), in all continents and in 119 countries. The possibilities are limitless.

A globalized world

Finally, we live in a globalized world in which different countries and peoples relate to one another. They trade commercially and promote international projects, such as the ones to protect the environment, to provide more people access to healthcare and better education, to improve infrastructure in underprivileged regions, to promote peace, and so on.


So, speaking French fluently can be relevant if you are an employee or a manager of a company, no matter its size, and want to develop your career or establish commercial partnerships with companies located in French-speaking countries. Besides, if you dream of pursuing a diplomatic career, know that learning French is a must.

On this page, we are going to give you some reasons to learn French!

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