LECTURE PRESENTED BY UMEH
SANDRA AMAECHI AT EWERE OKONTA
BLOGS (EOB) THURSDAY LECTURE
SERIES HELD ON 26 NOVEMBER, 2020
Topic: Why should I learn French?
What is the French Language?
French is considered a Romance language. With its origins in Latin, French is widely regarded to be among the most beautiful languages in the world. It is a major language of international communication, the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the second most widely taught language after English, and is taught on every continent.
Why should I learn French?
I hear many people ask often,
‘Wetin I wan take French do?’
‘I never learn my language finish,na French?’
I beg for your audience as we provide answers together to these questions.
Before we begin, do you know that the countries our beloved Nigeria shares boundaries with are all Francophone countries i.e they all speak French?
Now, let’s walk through some reasons why you should learn French.
7 GOOD REASONS TO LEARN FRENCH
- Learning one language is not enough.
In today’s world, speaking one foreign language is not enough. Students who speak several languages will increase their chances of finding a job, whether at home or abroad. Learning another language enriches the mind and opens up new horizons, both personal and professional.
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- French is, along with English, the only language spoken on all five continents.
More than 220 million people speak French on all the five continents. French is a major language of international communication. It is the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the second most widely taught language after English, and is taught on every continent. The OIF, an international organization of French-speaking countries, is made up of 77 member States and governments. France also operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language course for close on a million learners.
- A career asset.
The ability to speak both French and English is an advantage for finding a job with the many multinational companies using French as their working language, in a wide range of sectors (retailing, automotive, luxury goods, aeronautics, etc.). France, as the world’s fifth biggest economy, attracts entrepreneurs, researchers and the cream of foreign students.
- An introduction to an incomparable cultural universe.
Language is an element of Culture. For when you learn a language you learn its culture.
A French lesson is a cultural journey into the worlds of fashion, gastronomy, the arts, architecture and science.
- An advantage for studying in France.
Speaking French opens up opportunities for higher education at some of France’s best-known universities (the Sorbonne, Pierre Marie Curie University, etc.) or elite grandes écoles (HEC, Polytechnique, ESSEC), often on very favourable financial terms. Students with a good level of French may be eligible to apply for a French government grant to enrol on a postgraduate course of their choice in France, leading to an internationally recognized postgraduate degree.
- A language that is fun to learn!
Contrary to popular belief, French is not a difficult language to learn…AT ALL!
It is a language that requires a certain precision but is also capable of expressing great subtlety. It does not take long to reach a level where you can communicate in French. There are many methods on the market that make learning French enjoyable, starting with the first years of school. French also appeals to students because it is a soft, melodious, romantic language.
- A language for learning other languages.
Over half of modern-day English vocabulary is derived from French
French is a good grounding for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) and even English.
Believe it or not but over 40 to 50% of English vocabulary comes from the French Language.
In fact, French has the most words spread out over many different languages. Learning the importance of French can even help you understand your own language better!
Finally, learning any language is an ongoing process and don’t expect results overnight or without any effort. Many resources are available to lessen the effort and time it takes to learn French.
Therefore dear friends, go ye forth and learn this unique language.