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Why Learn French -Top Ten Reasons Posted by on Jan 15, 2009 in Culture

Sometimes in our language-learning processes with all the ups and downs that go with it, we forget why we wanted to start learning French in the first place or especially why we want to continue studying and improving.  Was it because it was a high school requirement, a college requirement, we wanted to maybe someday go to Paris, just for fun…  Well, I thought I would make my top ten list and invite the readers to add their reasons.

10. After learning Spanish, it seemed as though it would be easy.
9. Learning foreign languages can help improve your memory and problem-solving skills which often leads to better test scores in other subjects and oh did I need as much help as I could get on those science and math tests.
8.  I wanted to travel all over the world and French is the official language in 33 countries and the only official language on 5 of the world’s continents besides English.
7.  I wanted to be an aupair in Paris.
6. My college major was Western European Studies and learning French was necessary.
5.  I had always dreamed of working for the United Nations and French is one of the six official working languages there.
4.  I longed to be able to read French wine labels.
3. It seemed so very appealing to be able to watch my favorite French films Le dîner de consLe fabuleux destin d’Amélie Poulain and l’Auberge espagnole in French and not have to rely on the subtitles.
2.  I wanted to impress that oh-so gorgeous French guy that lived in my student residence in Paris.
1.  Being able to read Balzac, Molière, Racine, Flaubert, Zola and Camus in their language as no matter how good the translation may be, it’s just not the same. 

So, why did you start learning French?  Dites-nous!

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  1. Pat:

    Je suis d’origine anglaise….on le dit la plupart du temps, n’est-ce pas?

  2. Chanda:

    Bonjour Pat! Vous avez raison qu’on dit plutôt ‘Je suis d’origine anglaise’, mais l’exemple que j’ai donné est bien correct aussi… je l’ai utilisé simplement pour illustrer la signifiance du mot ‘ascendance’.

  3. Alan Smith:

    The ability to speak other languages makes you a citizen of the world instead of just your own midden

  4. vidhyaplv:

    i wanted to learn some foreign language as a second language, when i came to 11 th std in school, in Tamil Nadu, India.I chose French and as i started learning french, i started loving the language and still i do…….

  5. Ron English:

    I was a Music Major which required taking Music History. The professor said learning French would be helpful in Musiciology. Upon his recommendations, I took French and fell in love with the language. I have studied French for many years and have lived in Montreal and Paris.
    I will never regret my decision to pursue the language.

  6. cecile:

    les raisons sont vraiment bien….je fais mon licence du commerce… ..pouvez-vous me donner quelques suggestions a propos de ….quoi je dois faire apres je fini mon niveau b2 et mon licence….j’ai envie de etudier quelquechose avec qui je peux utiliser la langue francaise….s’il vous plait reponder moi…..!!!!

    j’attends votre reponse…….

  7. Ellis:

    french is cool

  8. The French Journey:

    I recently created a similar list of my own:

    Reasons of work, culture, travel, and a few more besides.

    They could be of interest to you or your readers, please feel free to quote any of them in future posts!

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  11. _Red_Green_:

    French is universal language of serenader.
    so if you have planes to give up aney time soon it is a good thing to know.