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French Around The World: La Francophonie Posted by on Dec 10, 2014 in Culture


 By Denelson83 (Based on Image:Francophonie 1987.png.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

By Denelson83 (Based on Image:Francophonie 1987.png.) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons

It may sound strange, but one of the coolest things about learning French has nothing to do with France. The French language is the fifth most spoken in the world and opens doors to many countries and cultures beyond l’hexagone (The Hexagon, common term for France).

The community of francophones has even formed a formal organization known as La Francophonie that features cultures from every continent sur terre (on Earth). La Francophonie includes 77 member-states and dedicates itself not just to the development of its members, but to the promotion of the many cultures represented within the organization.

La langue française (The French language) doesnt just open doors to la culture française (French culture), but to cultures all over the world. By learning French you don’t just learn la langue de Molière (The language of Molière, common term for the French language), you learn une langue mondiale (a world language).

While French learners tend to, understandably, focus on France, it’s pretty cool to be able to have greater access to places like le Sénégal, le Côte d’Ivoire, la Suisse, le Viêt Nam, et des autres pays (and others countries). A country that might surprise some is le Canada, but with its large French speaking population, there’s a lot to explore in French au Canada. French is une langue mondiale and can be used all over the world in both formal and informal settings.

If you ever get fatigué (tired) in your studies or feel like you’re limiting yourself to France, just remember La Francophonie and all the places that are waiting for you en français. Have you ever thought about where you would use French outside of France? Let me know what pays francophone (French speaking countries) you want to visit in the comments!

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About the Author: John Bauer

John Bauer is an enthusiast for all things language and travel. He currently lives in France where he's doing his Master's. John came to France four years ago knowing nothing about the language or the country, but through all the mistakes over the years, he's started figuring things out.


  1. Mustapha Ahdy:

    encore France

  2. Elizabeth:

    Thank you for the interesting article. Your readers might be interested to know that a Canadian Michaelle Jean was just elected as the Secretary-General of La Francophonie. She was a former Governor General of Canada.

    Yes, in Canada there is a thriving francophone community and not only in Quebec but in the Province of Alberta as well.

    I have been studying the french language for a few years and hope someday to be capable enough to speak and write fluently.

  3. Michael:

    N’oubliez pas La République Populaire de Brooklyn ou la population francophonie est de plus en plus!

  4. krista Hernach:

    I just started learning French… I thoroughly enjoy it. want to visit New Caledonia one day. ( am 76 years old)