Why should anyone learn French?
There are so many important languages in the world to learn for a host of reasons.
If you were making a choice for yourself or your kids as to which language is the most important, what reasons would French have to be a consideration?
Well... there are some great reasons to learn French!
In fact, I consider it to be one of the most important languages in the world today.
Here are some reasons for you to consider.
Learn French to travel
This is the most obvious point! 🙂
Sure, it is perfectly possible to visit France, Canada, or any other French-speaking country without speaking a word of French.
But it isn’t close to half as much fun.
By having an understanding of the French language, it may allow you to see and do things that many other visitors don’t get to.
Also, the best way to truly understand a culture is to be able to speak the language. Sure you can learn a lot through a Lonely Planet guide, but it’s being able to communicate with the natives and the locals that will give you the experience of a lifetime.
Being able to read a French newspaper, for example, can give you great insight into the places you visit and a better vision of what is going on in other parts of the world.
Not to mention, French offers a wealth of literature, both modern and traditional.
Learn French to improve your understanding of English
Oddly enough, you can improve your understanding of English.
Yes, that’s right!
A lot of the vocabulary of English has Latin origins, much of which came to English by way of French. Both French and English share Indo-European roots, so their grammar are similar.
There probably isn’t a more effective way to learn English grammar than by studying the grammar of another language, since studying forces you to think about how your language is structured.
It’s not unusual, for example, to gain an understanding of English verbs’ tenses and moods by learning how those verbs are used in French.
Learn French to help you learn other romance languages
Interested in learning other languages?
Well, if you can learn French, you’ll have an edge in learning the other Latin-based languages such as Spanish, Italian and Portuguese.
In the end, learning French will help you learn any language simply because by simply learning the structure of one language can give you a reference point for learning others.
Learn French for your career
Being able to speak another language can also help you in your career.
Wherever you live, if you’re in any occupation that involves international trade, communications, or tourism, you’ll find similar opportunities to use your new language skills.
There is a limitless range of things you can do with French!
Learning French makes life more interesting
And finally, whether you enjoy talking, reading, or mastering challenges, you’ll find all of them in learning French.
There’s something about being able to successfully speak another language that makes life more interesting.
Maybe that’s why children often speak Pig Latin or create secret codes of their own.
Learning a language can be work, well, a lot of hard work, but the efforts pay off quickly when you finally get to use your new skills.