March 20, 2015 by CJC
Le 20 mars, c’est la Journée internationale de la Francophonie !
In 2015, French still is:
– the 5th language spoken in the world;
– the 4th language used on the Internet, and
– the 3rd language used for business worldwide.
Currently there are 274 millions of French-speaking people in the world, plus an additional 125 millions who are actively engaged in learning it. French is used on all continents, and is one of the official languages of the European Union, the Olympic Games and the United Nations.
For more detailed information about the importance of the French language in today’s world, go to: http://www.francophonie.org/-La-Francophonie-en-chiffres-.html
These are plenty of good reasons to start or keep learning French, non?
Just as England and America are two countries divided by a common language, there are many linguistic variations between the regions where French is spoken, exemplified by the picture below, showing 5 colloquialisms used to mean “faire la fête” (to have a blast/paint the town red) in 5 different French-speaking countries.
On the TV5 website, there’s also a charming series of videos entitled “Les expressions imagées d’Archibald”, an interesting collection of idioms illustrated with funny cartoons. There you’ll find not only useful phrases from France but also from Africa, Belgium, Québec and Switzerland. These will undoubtedly come in handy if you’re planning a visit to any of these countries or regions.
Click here to go to the main page: Les expressions imagées d’Archibald
The latest addition to the series are the idioms originating from the South of France, which will prove very helpful if you’re planning a holiday in Marseille, Provence or Côte d’Azur any time soon. For a direct link to these phrases, click here.
So today 20/03/15, let’s celebrate the French language in all its guises!