French is a major language of international communication! It is the second most widely learned language after English and the sixth most widely spoken language in the world. French is also the second most widely taught language after English, and is taught on every continent! France also operates the biggest international network of cultural institutes, which run French-language courses for close to a million language learners.
France is often considered the language of culture. A French lesson is a culture journey into the worlds of fashion, gastronomy, the arts, architecture and science! Your child learning French will give them access to the works of great French writers such as Victor Hugo or Marcel Proust and famous poets like Charles Baudelaire or Jacques Prevert in the original text!
After English and German, French is the third most widely used language on the internet, ahead of Spanish! An ability to understand French offers an alternative view of the world through communication with French speakers from all over the world!
French is an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking! It is the language of great philosophers (Descartes, Sartre and Derrida, among others) and eminent scientists (Pierrre and Marie Curie, Pasteur, George Charpak, etc.). In learning French, your child will also learn how to argue a case and present different points of view. Valuable skills for discussions and negotiations!
French is a good grounding for learning other languages, especially Romance language such as Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Romanian and even English! Since over half of modern-day English vocabulary is derived from French, learning the language will prove much easier for your child than you may think.