Skills & Strengths of a Liberal Arts Major
Benefits of Multilingualism
Benefits of Language Learning
Some Figures about French
- French is the 2nd most useful language for business after English. The top three are Mandarin, French, then Arabic. (Bloomberg)
- The number of French speakers in the world has tripled over the last ﬁfty years, up 25% since 2010 from about 220 million in 2010 to 274 million in 2014, equal to 90% of the US population. (Reuters)
- French ist the fifth most widely spoken language in the world
- There are over 100 million students in the world learning French right now.
- French is the official language of 33 countries and widely spoken in at least 10 more.
- French and English are the only two languages spoken on 5 continents.
- French is 1 of 6 official languages of the United Nations.
- Over 1,200 French companies in the United States employ 500,000 Americans.
- French is one of the oﬃcial languages of many international organizations: the UN, UNESCO, NATO, the EU, the Olympics.
- French is required or preferred by over 50% of international jobs listed by the U.S. State Department.
- French is the second most frequently taught foreign language in the United States.
- France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country.
- Canada is the largest trading partner of the United States and Montreal is the second largest francophone city in the world after Paris.
- France is a world leader in science and technology. The Human Genome Project is located in Paris; U.S. Coast Guard helicopters are made by Aérospatiale, Airbus is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of airplanes; and we have these recent inventions thanks to the French: the “smart card”, the Minitel (the precursor to email and the Internet), HDTV, high-speed rail, and more!