A Brief History of the French language
French (Français) is one of the five main Romance languages that descended from Latin (the other four are: Italian, Portuguese, Romanian, and Spanish).
The language is believed to be brought in the regions of modern-day France and Belgium which were once included in an ancient region of Western Europe, known as Gaul. When Gaul witnessed Roman conquest in 1st century BC, the Gaulish language (which was a Celtic language) came under the influence- hence the true meaning of a ‘Romance language’ as “to speak in Roman fashion.”
Fact: While you might be wondering that because French sounds “romantic” it is then qualified as a romance language, that’s actually not the case. The phrase is derived from the Latin terms, “romanica loqui,” translation: to speak in Roman fashion.
Where in the World is French spoken?
“French is the official language in 29 countries, which puts it in second place behind English. The 29 countries are, in alphabetical order: Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Canada, Chad, the Ivory Coast, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, France, Haiti, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Monaco, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Switzerland, Togo and Vanuatu.” (source: www.babbel.com)
How many Speakers of French are there in the World?
French or la langue française is spoken by about 300 million people with over 76.8 million population speaking it as their first language.
French is a fun and popular language to learn and is one of the influential languages to learn because of its wide usage in the worlds of journalism, jurisprudence, the academy, and diplomacy.
French language is associated with a history as an international language of literature and scientific standards and is a primary or second language of many international organisations including UN, the EU, the World Trade Organization, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross committee, International Labor Organization, Amnesty International, and Doctors without Borders.
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