I already speak English, Filipino and Spanish but after visiting Europe I just realized how important it is to learn the language of French. Knowing French increases your chances of communicating in a non-English-speaking country. Not only in France but also in Switzerland, Canada, Belgium and 40 other countries (total of 43) that speaks French (source: http://www.aatfri.com/pdf%20files/French_facts.pdf).
“The prestige of French art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, and cinema makes French a culturally important foreign language. France is one of the most prolific producers of international films. When you understand French, you don’t have to rely on subtitles to enjoy a French film. French literature is one of the richest and most influential of the modern European world, featuring authors such as Rabelais, Montaigne, Racine, Proust, and Marguerite Duras. Several well-known philosophers were also French, including Descartes, Pascal, Rousseau, Voltaire, Sartre, and Simone de Beauvoir. These authors’ works are far more appreciated when read in the original language.” (Source: http://www.lsa.umich.edu/rll/langinstruct/whyfrench.html)
“French, along with English is the official language of United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, International Labour Bureau, European Community, Universal Postal Union, International Olympic Committee, International Red Cross and Interpol. For those with appropriate French skills, there are also possibilities for work in the following fields:
- International business
- International agencies
- Tourism and hospitality
- Diplomatic service
- Post Office
- Computer technology
- Teaching translation, interpreter
- Medicine” (source: http://www.aatfri.com/pdf%20files/French_facts.pdf)
So what is the keyword here? FASHION! If you’ve been or currently live in Europe you would understand why I picked French as another Language to learn. If you haven’t, let me tell you now how speaking French can go a long way and get you farther in life and have better experience in general, seriously :).