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Why learn French?

WIth more than 220 million speakers worldwide, French, along with English, is the only language to be spoken on every continent on earth.

The 'Language of Love' is the second most widely learnt language in the world after English, and is the most studied language in New Zealand secondary schools.

With large stakes in industries such as retailing, automotive, luxury goods and aeronautics, France is the world’s fifth biggest economy and is a magnet for entrepreneurs, researchers and the cream of foreign students.

French is often considered the language of culture. A French lesson at Saint Dominic's is a cultural journey into the worlds of fashion, gastronomy, the arts, architecture and science. Learning French also offers access to the works of great French writers such as Victor Hugo or Marcel Proust and famous poets like Charles Baudelaire or Jacques Prévert, or find yourself carried away in the romance of a song by Édith Piaf or a Charles Aznavour!

Attracting more than 79.5 million visitors a year, France is the world's top tourist destination.

Speaking French opens up opportunities for higher education at some of France’s best-known universities such as the Sorbonne, Pierre Marie Curie University, etc.) or elite grandes écoles (HEC, Polytechnique, ESSEC), often on very favourable financial terms.

As well as being the language of love and culture, French is habitually viewed as the language of international relations;

French is both a working language AND an official language of:

The United Nations
The European Union
The International Olympic Committee
The International Red Cross
The Universal Postal Union
International Courts

Prefer to spend your time on Facebook or Twitter? 

After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the Internet, ahead of Spanish. An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all over the world and news from the leading French-language international media (TV5, France 24 and Radio France Internationale).

 A language of reasoning and debate

French is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking. It is the language of great philosophers (Descartes, Sartre and Derrida, among others) and eminent scientists (Pierre and Marie Curie, Pasteur, Georges Charpak, etc.). In learning French, children also learn how to argue a case and present different points of view, valuable skills for discussions and negotiations.

Contrary to popular belief, French is not a difficult language to learn. 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.

French is a gateway language.

If you have an interest in learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and even Romanian), learning French will make the acquisition of another language much more straight-forward. 

French teachers are renowned for their dynamic, inventive approach and high expectations. Due to its longevity in the school system, there are many online resources available for both teachers and learners of French, that are yet to be developed in less established languages.

The best part? Learning French gets easier with every year of study for English speakers, as over half of modern English words are derived from French!

Join the movement. Study French.


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