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  • [French] Hello, welcome to a short video about French. Can you understand me?

  • More than 250 million people speak French around the world.

  • You probably know it as the language of poetry, art and romance, but here are some French facts you might not be so familiar with.

  • French is pretty popular across the globe.

  • Some of the countries it's spoken in are Belgium, Switzerland,

  • Monaco, Haiti, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad,

  • Comoros, the Congo, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Mali, Niger,

  • Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Madagascar, Vanuatu, Canada, Luxembourg, and, uh... France as well.

  • French is one of the most popular languages to learn, especially in the UK.

  • It is close to English in many ways, and I'm not just talking about geography here.

  • France and England have a lot of history.

  • Thanks to our trading, our shared culture and a few wars as well, a lot of French has found its way into the English language.

  • Some linguists estimate that up to half of modern English words are derived from French.

  • If you've ever been to a 'restaurant' or 'cafe' to order an 'omelette', or some 'bacon', and 'sausages' as part of your traditional English fry-up, you should know that all of those words are French in their origin.

  • Other common English words you might not realise are taken from French are 'rectangle, 'magician', and 'money'.

  • As well as being easy for English speakers to learn, French is also very useful.

  • It is the official government language of around 30 countries, and is used by dozens of international organisations like the United Nations, the European Union, the African Union, and the Arab League.

  • 'L'amour est la poésie des sens.'

  • Sounds good, doesn't it?

  • French is the language of love.

  • Or rather, it is a Romance language - that's 'Romance' with a capital R. Along with Spanish, Portuguese, Romanian, and Italian, French is called a Romance language because it is a descendant of the common Latin spoken by Romans.

  • French: it's useful, romantic and not all that different from English.

  • It truly is a language that can take you all around the world.

  • Bon voyage!

[French] Hello, welcome to a short video about French. Can you understand me?

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French: romantic, global, and pretty similar to English

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