An Overview of the French Language
French is a highly popular language all across the world. It is a descendent of Latin, passed through to France by the Romans, and is said to be spoken as a first language by over 77 million people.
The History of French
The modern French language was actually established during the 17th century. This came about through contemporary writers such as Pascal, Descartes, and Molière. 1635 saw the French Academy established, which was designed by Cardinal Richelieu in order to keep the language pure and to maintain consistent approved use in Church and Education.
Interesting French Language Facts:
Between 1/3 to 1/2 of all English words have their origin in French.
In Canada, around 3 million people speak French as a second language.
French is spoken with official status in 32 countries around the world.
French is the second most common "taught" language, behind English.
A number of Universities in France have calculated that the number of French speakers will hit around 500 million within 12 years. By 2050, the number of French speakers in the world will reach roughly 650 million. This equates to seven percent of the population of the globe.
France is also a popular destination for University students to take their year abroad. In the UK, many students couple their degree together with a language course, which allows them to spend some time learning more fluent French among native speakers. French is widely regarded to be one of the most romantic and beautifully formed languages in existence, and this has prompted many people across the world to take it up.
Learning French with Overpass Apps
At Overpass, we want to make learning French a fun experience. If you have the enthusiasm to learn a new language, we're sure that you'll appreciate the apps that we've developed to help people along the way. We understand that you might need some more formal learning, but our apps for iPhone & Android are ideal for topping up your knowledge of French and for starting you off on your journey to fluency.