Welcome to FRENCH LANGUAGE CORNER WITH MISTURAH
The French language is a world language as more than 200million people speak French on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English, and the ninth most widely spoken language in the world. The Francophonie is the international organization of French speaking countries which comprises of 68 states and government.
French is also the only language, alongside English, that is taught in every country in the world. France operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes which run French language courses for more than 750,000 learners.
French language is a language for the job market. An ability to speak French and English is an advantage on the international job market. Knowledge of French opens the doors of French companies in France and other French speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, and North and sub-Saharan Africa). The economy of France is highly developed and free-market oriented. It is the world’s seventh largest economy by 2020 nominal figures and as at September 30 2020, it is the 3rd largest economy of Europe after the economy of Germany and United Kingdom.
French is the language of culture and the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture. Knowledge of French offers access to great works literature, as well as films and songs in the original French. French is the language of Victor Hugo, Moliere, Leopold Sendar Senghor, Edith Piaf, Jean-Paul Sartre, Alain Delon and Zinedine Zidane.
French is the language for travelling as France is the world’s number one tourist destination and attracts more than 70 million visitors a year. A little French makes it so much more enjoyable to visit Paris and all the regions of France (from the mild climes of the Cote d’Azur to the snowcapped peaks of the Alps via the rugged coastline of Brittany) and offers insights into French culture, mentality and way of life. French also comes in handy when travelling to Africa, Switzerland, Canada, Monaco, Seychelles and other places.
French is a language for higher education. Speaking French opens up study opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. Student with a good level of French are eligible for French government scholarship to enroll in postgraduate courses in France in any discipline and qualify for internationally recognized French degrees.
French is the language of love and reason; learning French is the pleasure of learning a beautiful, rich and melodious language, often called the language of love. It is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking which is a valuable skill for discussion and negotiation.
The language that opens up the world, after English and German, French is the third most 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 continents and news from the leading French language international media (TV5, France 24, and Radio France International).
French is the other language of international relations; it is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNNESCO, NATO, the international Olympic Committee, the international Red Cross and international courts. French is the language of the three cities where the EU institutions are headquartered: Strasbourg, Brussels and Luxembourg.
French is a language for learning other languages; it is a good base for learning other languages, especially Romance languages (Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian) as well as English, since fifty percent of current vocabulary is derived from French.
A language that is fun to learn, French is an easy language to learn. It does not take time for a learner to reach a level where he or she can communicate in French as there are many methods used in teaching the language which makes it easy and enjoyable to learn.
Nigeria is surrounded by French speaking countries, boarded to the west by the Republic of Benin, to the north by Niger, to the east by Chad and Cameroon and to the south by the Gulf of Guinea of the Atlantic Ocean.
Join me in the next edition as I take you on this amazing journey. See you soon (a bientôt).