French Is Important
French is super important if you live in the U.S. If you want to go up into Canada and go to Quebec ( say it like this KA - BEC) than you have got to be able to navigate French. Also if you are a dancer(like me) you will recognize some of the terms from your ballet training. If you play football, study up on your French because you will be put in a ballet calss soon for balance. These are just some of the ways that French is important. If you have any more comment on this discussion.
One of the main reason why it could be useful to learn is also that Africa is most likely the last continent having (currently) a huge demographic growth, and in many african countries French is an official language, so you can imagine that by 2050 it will be (again) one of the most widely spoken languages.
Yes and no, in those countries French is mainly understood by people in big cities where the growth isn't as important. Also, a lot of countries are trying to develop their own language to have their identity (nouchi for example : https://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nouchi). But yeah, that's still the area where there are the most French speakers, but probably not the most important worlwide.
I'm not very good at french, but "Il était à l'origine parlé par des jeunes citadins mal scolarisés ou délinquants, ne maîtrisant pas bien la langue française" I think roughly translates to "it was originally spoken by the urban youth, the uneducated, and delinquents, who don't speak french well". I feel as though this article may have some sort of a bias...
Until 2015, France had been the single most visited country in the world.
It is also a place where people are not known to be good at foreign languages (not to mention their own mother tongue).
So if you ever plan to visit France, basic notions of French will be helpful.
I'm from Australia. I've never met a French person here :p I'm an introvert, so that could explain why.
It's also super important because learning a new language (whether it's French or not) is really good for you and teaches good learning skills. Not that French isn't awesome and the best language to learn :)
Here's a link to why learning a new language is important. http://www.cla.auburn.edu/forlang/resources/twenty-five-reasons/
This is actually true! I also had to do ballet as part of the P.E. cirriculum I recognised quite a few terms:
- tendu (a stretched out position);
- cabriole (a complex jump);
- chassé (a step in dancing) etc.
Sometimes, it is also very useful in the fashion industry. Some of the biggest name are French:
- Dior etc.
I also found out that whilst doing Design and Technology, French can be useful in the fashion industry:
- appliqués (a sewing to form a picture)
- rosette (a decoation in the form of a rose) etc.
It may even be useful in singing/opera:
- baton (the thin stick used to orchestra a choir)
- claque (people who are hired to sit in the audience and clap) etc.
Also, there are quite a few foods which were derived from French terms:
- mayonnaise etc.
There you have it. French is actually very useful and is a daily part of your life, whether you realise it or not. Learning French would help extend your vocabulary and impress you teachers even more. Not only your teacher, but in the future when you're at an interview for a job, if you put on your CV that you can speak French, it will give you more of an edge.