https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kathrymick

Why are you learning French?

I think that you need to be pretty dedicated to learn another language. It takes hard work, patience, and LOTS of practice. While it's fun and sounds cool, why are you doing it? Do you like the sound of French? Did you just want to fill in your graduation requirements? Are you planning on traveling soon to France? Why?

For me, it's because a very good friend of mine was born in a city outside of Paris and recently moved to the US. She speaks beautifully in French, and I love listening to it. I hope to be able to speak with her soon!

February 8, 2015

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https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AusCangirl

I am learning French because I learned it in school (Canada) and did not retain any of it after graduating but I want to become involved in Doctors Without Borders so starting with a language I was familiar with seemed like a good place to start. I plan on studying in Europe and France is on my bucket list of travel destinations so knowing the language will help!

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kathrymick

That's very smart of you to begin with a familiar language! I wish you luck on your plans to travel to Europe!

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/ILoveFrench30

I am learning French because I think it is a beautiful language and country. It also just intrigues me!

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/volumniax

Well, like many, many anglo-Canadians, I studied French in school but never got good enough to use it directly... and then let it slip. Just trying to get it back, and then will hopefully carry on. Although, I must admit that duo is very distracting with the other languages on offer ;)

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

That is true, Volumniax! I have been so tempted by seeing the other languages offered but I always stop myself and say, "NO, you are already doing four languages, enough for now!" But it is tempting!

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaggiePye

I've had to make rules for myself about adding languages (or reverse trees). I am not letting myself add another language/tree until I've finished one of the ones I'm doing. Duo takes up a lot of my time as it is, and while that's fine, I can't really add more.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kb4306

That's smart. I'm tempted to try out all the languages. But I've kept it at only 3 extras. I want to get through German, and then probably focus on French.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaggiePye

I want to know ALL THE LANGUAGES, seriously. I started with the ones I studied before--French in high school, for 3-1/2 years; I have a B.A. in Spanish and taught it for 10 years; German for a couple of quarters in college. Then I let myself add Italian. After this, I don't know. Portuguese is the only other one I can do on my tablet (the Kindle app is really, really outdated), but I'd rather learn something very different--Irish, or possibly one of the Scandinavian languages.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kb4306

That's me! Though thus far my only language is English. :) I've chosen to focus on German because I love it and it's the language I've wanted to learn since I was a kid. It wasn't an option in high school. I took French, and I knew a little Spanish from my mum. I think Irish will be interesting! I did the first lesson. :) I wasn't sure if I wanted to do Spanish or Portuguese first.....but ended up going with Spanish. I've only done the first skill though.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mjaumjaupurr

I am learning French because some of my favorite novelists and philosophers are French and it is frustrating to always have to read them in translation. Plus, I'm curious how the romance languages compare to each other.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Hammy123455

I am learning French because I love languages. Also I have to take at least 2 years of foreign language and French appealed to me the most even though I am a Kansan. Yet another reason is that many books in the classical literature genre contain small words and phrases in French and knowing French helps you understand more of the book. Another reason is that a great number of English words come from French, Middle French, or Old French so it helps in understanding the language. Another reason I am learning French is that learning another language helps you to know how to use grammar correctly. And yet another very important reason is that if you plan to go into a job that involves international co-operation, it's a good idea to know French since it is the second most widely spoken language in the world ( I think. It might be the first. I don't know.) And finally, I am learning French so I can examine different translations of classical works, one in English and the other in French, and understand exactly what the author was meaning to say.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/adder3

Hi. According to http://dailynewsdig.com/top-ten-spoken-languages-world-2014/ French is the tenth most spoken language in the world.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sirofj

I think you will find Mandarin has the most speakers, followed by English, French comes in around 10th, after Spanish (think of South America!) But French is a lovely language.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/glitter12202

I am learning French because most of my mother's side lives in Quebec, Canada. All my cousins speak it and it is a beautiful language. I have always wanted to learn it the moment my cousins started learning it in school, since we all started out speaking in English. If there is a language to start learning why not learn one that is part of who you are?

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Angelle20

I'm Cajun and my parents only spoke it in front of me when they didn't want me to know what they were talking about. I had the opportunity to learn French in high school, but I was stubborn. I was determined to learn Cajun and didn't want to get confused, so I took Spanish instead. I then took Latin in college. I wish duolingo offered Cajun, but French is close enough.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Richardkang88

Cajun French is awesome! I want to learn it so I can mingle with the Cajun French folks of Louisiana. I'm also mixed with French Canadian too, several generations back.

May 15, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/annie1258

I'm learning French because I think it's a beautiful language. And because I would love to go to France someday and when you go to a country it's best to know at least a bit of that country's language... ;)

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Pyrrhia

I'm get learning French for fun. It's kind of like a hobby to me.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/herefortacos

Hopefully to get more dates!

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GrandApple

Because of the clich├ęs I have heard about France.

February 8, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tbvjshqk017

Since it's very simliar to English and is arguably the most used language next to English in the world. Also to have a chance at practicing English writing and so on. My friggin country doesn't have enough foreign population like singapore so the only the option to maintain what I've already learned is to do these kinds of stunts in any ways possible. I have no expectation to make foreign lanugage speaking friends nor do I need one. It's purely for my academic interests and possible future career use.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

I am basically brushing up on my French that I took in high school and college, so I don't completely forget it, but I am really more focused on learning German.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/tbvjshqk017

Strangely similar to my circumstance, I am learning french but am really focused on keeping English skills.

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Ah, yeah! If I go for a couple of days without German, while working on some French or Spanish or Italian skills, I always find myself getting itchy to want to go back to my German, so I don't start to forget things I have learned. :)

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/INordh

I'm learning French because I work a lot with our French office, and I'd like to be able to participate when they go off on a french tangent in our meetings..!

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/sun17dance

I am learning French because it is beautiful language! We traveled to Paris in 2009 and totally fell in love with the language. I am hoping that one day we can go back and speak fluent French! Thanks Doulingo for the opportunity!

February 9, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/naelafrancophile

i started in high school and after a while i looked at some french vocabulary and i still remembered what i learned. usually with other subjects everything just goes away after we finish final exams. so it made me realize i have a passion for learning this language and now i want to become fluent.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/PhilAstley

I am learning French because my school days were a complete train wreck and I never got a damn thing out of them so figured if I at least know one language it will be something. Once I learn French then Spanish and Portuguese will be next so then I can at least tell people I am multi-lingual when I go after jobs I like the look of as right now my CV really is not that impressive. It is more for my own benefit that I am doing it, to prove to myself I am not useless rather than to impress anyone in particular.

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Phil, yes, that is a reason I am doing my languages (especially with German) to feel like I am doing something useful and good for my brain...a challenge, and you are right, it is not done to impress anyone, but for ourselves. :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kb4306

I feel similar. I really don't remember much from school. I don't really do much of anything right now. I needed something to my challenge my brain. I tend to feel fairly useless at times. But I needed to do something, for myself. :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Agreed! I know exactly what you mean. :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kb4306

I started the French tree to brush up on my high school French, which I was terrible at. I'm more focused on German though, as that's the language I've always wanted to learn. I've been to Paris...it did make me wish I had been better at it. But they were quite friendly and helpful, thankfully. :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Kb, you sound just like me. I am also brushing up on my high school French so I don't completely forget it, but my real passion right now is tackling German as I too have always wanted to learn it. :)

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kb4306

lol yes...hopefully you were better than me at French though. I was pretty awful. I did best at the reading. I could write a little...but I don't like speaking it. I don't like when people butcher languages. haha

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Ha ha! Yes, I was actually very good at French, as well as Spanish. German is my new challenge though. Very different from the romance languages. I am enjoying learning German very much even when it seems a bit harder than French/Spanish/Italian. At least as a native English speaker I know there are some things with German that are easier for English speakers since both languages have similar roots (auto, park, bank, etc). Let's not forget "kindergarten" right? :D

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kb4306

ooh. Lucky. lol I've never actually studied Spanish, but I do know a little bit. My mum having drilled some into my brain. :) That might be easier than French for me. But yes to the German being easier. So far it's been, even if I get confused sometimes. I've been noticing the similar words. Even ones that look different sometimes sound similar.

Random note...I also know a little bit of sign language. :) I look forward to being able to say I know a language...not just a little bit. lol

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Yes, I know the feeling. I am at level 16 on my German tree, but, as I have also heard others say, sometimes it feels like I am at level 3! :D

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/kb4306

Yes! I'm level 8, but 6 levels were from over a year ago. So, it's been a lot of refreshing, and little moving forward. :) Only 6 days in to my renewed efforts though. :D

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/DeutscheMaus

Keep going! :D

February 10, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Thaumiumcrafter

I am learning french because one of my middle school classes is French. So I don't want to be behind in my class. I think it's also fun to learn and it involves pushing yourself.

February 11, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/gd1002686

My parents are 1/4 french.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaggiePye

I initially learned French because I had to take 3 years of a foreign language to graduate from high school, and French was the only language my school offered. That was a long time ago, though.

I am re-learning (and improving) my French now because I live in a French-speaking city. While it's possible to live here your entire life without a word of French (especially if you speak English), it's much easier if you know French.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AussieCraig

I took French as an elective subject for one term, got high distinctions and decided to take woodwork instead for the rest of High School (who lets children make these decisions???) I started memorizing French words to make use of a memory system I was learning years later . When my teenage son took up with a Swedish exchange student who was doing French immersion whilst here in Australia, he showed an interest in learning the language. I said I would learn it with him so he had someone other than her to converse with and practice. His relationship and his interest disappeared, but the flame had been re-kindled in me, and I was fascinated by the etymology of so many English words. I've always been a very much "Do it and do it well, or don't do it at all" person, and so I now challenge myself every day and have rediscovered the joy of comprehension that I last felt when I was learning to read English! That and the fact that it sounds sexy when saying even the most mundane things in French.

February 12, 2015

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/mattie310

I just love the French language! I am so happy to be working on it right now, even if I am not the most dedicated learner. It is so much fun to speak in French to those who do not speak it! XD It makes me feel really cool to know a bit of a different language

September 14, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/grossppl

I'm learning because my ancestors are French.

September 16, 2017

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/CeceliaJB

I'm learning French for the same reasons as others who have posted here. I took 4 years of French in school and never kept up with it, or practiced. But when I took a short course in Conversational Spanish a few years ago, the French that was hiding in the background of my memory kept trying to sneak in and overtake the Spanish that I was learning! I was amazed as how fast a lot came back to me!

March 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/GranberryDebbie

I lived in Paris as a child and the language was required learning then. Naturally I took it in high school as a language elective, and then again in college. So now I am doing this to brush up and continue learning it.. I find it amazing that previous knowledge comes back with a little review.

April 10, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/AndrewKlee1

I'm studying French because I travel to France on sight-seeing vacations twice a year (I'm retired). If Trump gets re-elected I'm contemplating moving to France!

October 18, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/jCh2xer

I am learning because I am planning a trip to Canada in December, yes I know most of them speak english, I just don't want to be that "American" that doesn't even try to learn.

May 28, 2019

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/FolasadeAd4

I learnt French at school and now can only remember odd phrases and words. I thought it would be a positive use of my free time and also better my French.

July 7, 2019
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