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French is a Romance language spoken mainly in France but also in several other countries in Europe, Africa and parts of Canada. It descends from Latin, which it replaced in international communications from the 17th century until World War II, when English took over this role.
Today, French is spoken by 90 million people as their first language and is an official language in 29 countries. It is the third most spoken language in the European Union (EU), following English and German.
French is also an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organisations.
French around the world
Countries where French is a primary or native language
Countries where French is identified as an official, administrative language
French is identified as a secondary or non-official language
French is identified as a minority language
Why learn French?
- Add a new skill to your CV - the ability to speak French would be an advantage in a job interview with any international business.
- French plays an important role in diplomacy, journalism, law and education.
- It is the international language of cuisine, fashion, theatre, visual arts, architecture and dance.
- It is the third most commonly used language on the Internet.
- Learning French can help you to learn other languages too, especially other Latin languages (Italian, Spanish and Portuguese).
- French is the language of love!
Learn French online with busuu.com!
With our free French language course, you can learn by talking to native French speakers around the world!
As well as learning directly from other users, you can use our interactive language learning materials to practise and improve your language skills.
The materials are arranged into learning units. Each one is based on a certain topic and contains all of the most important vocabulary and phrases.
What does each language learning unit include?
|Vocabulary: Learn important words and expressions with the aid of pictures and audio clips. Premium Members can also listen to key phrases.|
|Dialogue: Improve your reading comprehension with a fun dialogue, followed by questions to test your understanding. Premium Members can also listen to the audio version.|
|Writing exercise: Develop your written skills by writing a short text for other users to correct.|
|busuu-talk: Connect with native speakers via our integrated video-chat application, which allows you to chat online or even talk to other users in the busuu.com community.|
|Review: Test how much you've learnt with a short quiz and win busuu-berries!|
|PDF: Print out a PDF with each of the grammar and learning units, so that you can even study offline. This tool is only available to Premium Members.|
|Podcast: Listen to podcasts containing the vocabulary, example sentences and dialogues for each of the grammar and learning units. This tool is only available to Premium Members.|
|Voice recording: You can practise your pronunciation, by recording a character’s part in a dialogue, and posting it for native speakers to correct you. Voice recording is only available for Premium Members.|