French (le français or la langue française ) belongs to Romance languages. It descended from the spoken Latin language of the Roman Empire as well as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian, Catalan and others. French ranks as a second-most widespread language after English, being an official language in 29 countries. French is a first spoken language in France, Belgium, western Switzerland and Monaco. It is a primary language also in the Canadian provinces of Quebec, New Brunswick, Ontario as well as parts of the U.S. In total, 75 million people speak French as their first language and around 338 million are able to speak it. French is one of the main diplomatic languages, with the language being one of the working languages of NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the UN Secretariat and many more.
Knowledge of French is widely considered to be a crucial skill for business owners in the United Kingdom as well as the rest of the world. According to George Werber’s academic study entitled "The World's 10 most influential languages", French ranked as second - after English - most influential language of the world, ahead of Spanish.
Map of French speaking countries (source: Wikipedia)
French language has many dialects spoken around the world. French spoken in Paris is considered a standard although there are some regional dialects or varieties such as Meridional French spoken across the country. In Europe, outside of France, there are Belgian French, Swiss French, and in Italy - Aostan French. In Canada, French is an official language along with English. The two main dialects of French in Canada are Quebec French and other dialects commonly grouped as Canadian French.
There are many ways to learn French with all the technology and resources available. Even though most schools in the western world don’t teach French as a second language, you can go to internet websites, like YouTube, and look up free video lessons for learning French. Some people prefer this approach to learning as opposed to just seeing the English translation of the words. The most efficient way to learn a new language is by total immersion. However, not everyone has the resources to do so. We believe that by using our language learning stickers you can give yourself the most effective way of learning new vocabulary. Its easy, fun and effortless.
French might sounds like a difficult language to learn, but it really isn’t. You can try right away with these basic phrases:
|Yes, please/No, thank you||
Oui, s'il vous plaît/Non, merci
wee, seel voo play/nong, mair-see
S'il vous plaît
seel voo play
Il n'y a pas de quoi
eel nyah pah der kwah
|How are you?||
kommahng tahlay voo
|Very well, thanks||
Très bien, merci
tray byang mair-see
|Do you speak English?||
Est-ce que vous parlez anglais?
essker voo pahrlay ahng-glay
|Can you help me?||
Est-ce que vous pouvez m'aider?
essker voo poovay may-day
|I don't understand.||
Je ne comprends pas.
zher ner kong-prahng pah
|I don't know.||
Je ne sais pas.
zher ner say pah