It is the official language in 29 countries and has about 200 million speakers who speak it as a first and second language. The United Nation and many other international organizations also have French as one of their official language.
But French has a very complex and long history of evolution. It is a Romance language which is a part of the Indo-European language family. The ancient France was attacked by different ethnic tribes at various times in the history. These included the Greeks, Celts, Romans, Arabs and Germanic tribes. The most important of these Germanic tribes were the Franks, Burgundians, Alemanni and Visigoths. These tribes had a deep influence on the Latin spoken by the people of ancient France. They altered the pronunciations and syntax and also added many of their own words. This new language developed to become French.
French is the official language of France since 1992. It is also one of the official languages in other European countries like Switzerland, Belgium, Italy, Luxembourg and Monaco and African countries like Cameroon, Benin, Senegal, Chad, Burundi, etc. Canada’s second most common and official language is French. It is also commonly spoken in countries like United Kingdom, United States, Brazil and many of the African countries.
French is also one of the most popular languages learnt by people across the world, be it for hobby, studies, business or travelling. This category will be a great help for the beginners, who want to get acquainted with French. So read on to savor this charming language.