La journée internationale de la francophonie is celebrated within the International Organization of La Francophonie’s 77 member states every March 20th to celebrate the French language and Francophone culture. With over 274 million French speakers on earth and nearly 100 million students of the French language, there is certanly something to celebrate!
Did you know?
- The OIF estimates that the number of French speakers will rise to over 700 milion by 2050
- French is the second most learned language in the world, after English
- French is the official language of more than 32 countries or governing bodies
- The French language is spoken across five different continents
- French is one of the three procedural languages of the European Union, alongside English & German
- French is the third most spoken language in business
French is the working language for many renowned and respected international institutions:
- World Health Organization (WHO)
- World Trade Organization (WTO)
- International Olympic Committee (IOC)
- International Federation of Association Football (FIFA)
- Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD)
- Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR)
- United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)
- And that’s just to name a few!!
Learn some French words!
In honor of the Semaine de la Francophonie, the Minister of Culture chooses ten words from all corners of the Francophone world – publishing videos about their origins, etymology and usage today. The videos even include the full script, which means it’s great French practice! Click here or on the image below to discover more!
The AUCP has spent over 20 years defending French language learning and the goal of French fluency in studies abroad. We know that learning French is extremely beneficial, in more ways than one. Check out our latest blog post on how learning French can make you measurably smarter!