Why Learn French? French is the native language of 200 million people around the world and the second language of millions more. And most agree French is one of the most beautiful languages! Here are several more reasons to learn the language of Molière and wine. World Language There are more than 200 million French speakers on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English. Travel France is the world’s number one tourist destination, attracting 70 million visitors a year. French also comes in handy when traveling to Africa, Switzerland, Belgium, Monaco, Canada, the Seychelles and other places. Culture French is the language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and architecture. Fun French is a fairly easy language to learn for native English speakers. More than 50 percent of current English vocabulary is derived from French. Love & Reason French is a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking. Jobs A knowledge of French opens the doors of companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and Africa). Higher Learning Speaking French opens up opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world. International French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.