“If you talk to a man in a language he understands, it goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, it goes to his heart.”
– Nelson Mandela
Language has a beautiful way to express our thoughts and love to people we care and admire and even to our social groups. It is a way of communication and connection that helps develop bonds between people. Language results from a combination of speech and sound that helps form words.
Characterized by infinite creativity and productivity, the human population has the privilege of speech and sound communication while all the other living beings on Earth can communicate only through sounds or actions.
But have you wondered why most people learn to speak French? Like, out of all the languages, most of them go for French. Why?
The French vocabulary (originated from Latin), is one of the most sought-after languages in the world. The language embodies and personifies the French culture in the most accurate, fluent and wonderful way. To the French, the language is a light that unlocks their passionate thoughts and turns them into reality.
We know France as a country of rich culture, romance, refinement, etc. which makes French a language related to these qualities. French culture has also been a source of inspiration in the Anglo-Saxon world until the end of the 20th century and thus we associate the language with a positive and welcoming feel.
Due to historic colonization, French is spoken in different parts of the world and has developed unique and endearing accents. As a romance language that evolved from Latin, the French language has a beautiful history of alluring poetry, prose, and opera.
To add to this, people used the French language in the English royal courts and upper class for quite a long time, which made other people associate the language with class and royalty. The language of French requires sophisticated rules of speaking. It is considered to be a very euphonic language.
Spoken French contributes to the euphony and is one of the most suited languages for poetry and music. The beauty of the language lies in the rigorous grammar and the accurate vocabulary. It is believed that the French have a word for everything in their vocabulary. Although French is a language that is made up with nearly the same words as English language, French has an entirely different personality.
There is a general infatuation that draws people to learn spoken French. The language is embedded with rich culture and is often referred to as ‘The Language of Love’. However, the language of love is rarely pronounced the way it is written. The pronunciation of letters is softer than that of English language.
One of the most important rules that make French sound so harmonious is that they avoid using words that end with a vowel sound before words that begin with vowels by either making sure that the vowel is silent or consonants are placed in between the two words. This makes the flow of words almost seamless and soft. The French accent is attractive to many due to its cultural and sociological reasons.
The fascination of a language is common with the perceptions in the mind of the people about that country’s status, values and social culture. Thus, people from around the world have a strong perception of the language’s charming and appealing accent. However, the beauty of any language relies deeply on the speaker.
With more than 270 million people in the world who use French as a means to communicate, it is believed that the popularity of the language is growing leaps and bounds.
The commonality of this language is not only in France and other French-speaking countries but also in countries like Canada and the United States of America. It is safe to say that French could potentially be the most- spoken language in Europe by 2025.
In case you are pondering on why to learn French, here are some fun facts about the French language:
It is the official language used in International laws.
It is also used as an official language in over 29 countries in the world.
The language is regarded as one of the easiest languages to learn by the United States’ Foreign Service Institute.
French is spoken not only in France but in the 5 continents of the world.
French is undeniably one of the most beautiful languages in the world due to its association with literature, music, love and fine cuisine, to name a few. The fascination of the prestigious historic past is what draws many students and individuals to learn French.
The melodic sensuality combined with softness makes the language and French conversation stand out from most of the spoken languages. Who wouldn’t love to hear the French conversation when it sounds like a melody?
Well, many people ask me,
“Is French easy to learn?”
I would say, I did learn French, and it was easy. You might initially face issues with how to pronounce French words, but once you start practicing it, French is smooth. Trust me! There are many options out there for you to learn French, you could try some our French learning books, or find a French tutor online, or you could also join some French classes. I wish you all the best.