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French Language Research Starter
More than 330 million people worldwide speak the French language. It is the third most-spoken language in Europe, after German and English. People throughout the world speak French. In addition to France, French is the official language in many nations including Belgium, Rwanda, Switzerland, Cameroon, Madagascar, and Canada. Modern French is a conglomeration of influences; more than 120 languages contributed to the French language. About 2,500 words were borrowed from the English language.
Countries with French as an Official Lanuage
Wikipedia article showing countries with French as the official language or co-official language.
French is the native language of 200 million people and the second language of millions more. And most agree French is one of the most beautiful languages in the world! Here are several more reasons to learn the language of Molière:
ARTFL Project Public Databases
The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language (ARTFL) is a cooperative enterprise of the Laboratoire ATILF (Analyse et Traitement Informatique de la Langue Française) of the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), the Division of the Humanities, and Electronic Text Services (ETS) of the University of Chicago.
French Politics, Culture and Society
Explores modern & contemporary France from the perspectives of the social sciences, history, & cultural analysis. It also examines the relationship of France to the larger world, especially Europe, the United States, & the former French Empire..
Yale French Studies
Articles on a theme ranging from literature to theater, science, culture, criticism and individual French intellectuals..Frequency:2.
That Suprising French Language Series
This engaging five-part series studies a language often called the most cultured and colorful in the world. Topics include reading and writing, speaking and spelling, a bit of French history, and a journey around the globe to see and appreciate the universality and vitality of the language.
La Mode et la Cuisine (in French)
This program looks at fashion and food through the eyes of French people. In a question and answer format, a rich array of information about these significant cultural elements are discussed in an informal and conversational way-in French, and without English subtitles-making an ideal learning resource for middle to senior level students.
Beginning With Bonjour: Hello and What Follows
This program covers how to greet friends, introduce oneself to strangers, talk about where one comes from, and tell what one does for a living. Settings include an exhibition of rare books, a yacht race, an opera festival, a youth orchestra performance, and numerous other locales.