Is it worthwhile to learn French?


获得21.1k好评的回答@Louis Amiot:

Of course, it is worthwhile.

Here are some reasons:

•Because you are eager to learn a new language

•Because French is the most practical foreign language which is spoken in more countries than you thought (Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, more than half of African countries,....) , and which is one of the two official languages (with English) at the UN, UNESCO and at the Olympic Games.

•Because it could be a real asset in your professional career

•Because you'll be able to deeply discover a rich culture.

•Because French is a creative language. French literature is recognized worldwide, we have some fantastic author such as Victor Hugo, Alexandre Dumas, Albert Camus and so many more. It'd be a chance to be able to read their texts in their original language.

•Because French is also a door to learn other languages. Learning French helps to learn other languages​​, including Latin languages ​​(Spanish, Italian, Portuguese and Romanian).

•Because French is not such a tough language to learn for an English speaker. Actually, 50% of English words come from French.


获得44.3k好评的回答@Mark Harrison:

I'm answering this question from the perspective of someone whose first language is English.

French is reasonably similar to English:

1.The language of the ruling class of England was French for a long while, because the ruling class of England was French.

2.Both are, in part, descended from Latin

3.France and England are culturally reasonably similar.

French is different from English:

1.The syntax is different, you can't just learn "words" and string them together to speak French

2.The way in which verbs conjugate and nouns decline isn't really a concept you come across in English.

Put the two together, and you have a language that is reasonable easy to learn, but different enough to force you to learn different "patterns", and you end up with a way to think about linguistics through a practical example, rather than abstractly... ... and more broadly, you learn how to think in different ways, which is a very, very useful skill.

So, yes, I'm glad I studied French as a child, and certainly glad that I took advantage of some lessons in my 30s when I worked for an Anglo-French group.

... but for me, the utilitarian benefits are outweighed by the "mental workout" I get thinking in a different language.


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