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The French language, as it is now used, derives its origin from Latin, and other variations of the ancient Roman language, as do both Italian and Spanish. French is also mixed with German and Gallic words. Anciently, they called Rustic Roman the language of the Gauls, which during that time was understood to be the name of Romans through what is now France, or chiefly the people of Aquitaine and Languedoc. The French language as it exists today is the result of a long and complex evolution. The name France actually comes from the name of a Germanic tribe, the Franks, who entered France during late antiquity and gradually became the dominant people. The French language is considered to be one of the easiest languages to "teach" to very young children. It is easy to make it appear your infant is speaking the language, since the number one, "Un," is simply said by grunting.

The French language is descended from Latin and first appeared in writing in 842 AD when it was used in the Strasbourg Oaths. Before then, Latin was the language used for literature throughout Europe. The French language employs some phonetic sounds not used in English. If you are unfamiliar with the language, it is recommended that you consult a French/English dictionary.

French is spoken in 44 different countries and regions of the world. In Europe, France is very active in international politics and is a member of the European Union. France is known for having the ideal location for growing grapes, including perfect soil conditions and vineyards that are very close to the water. The climate in France is always comfortable, making it one of the best locations in the world for wine.

French is also the foreign language spoken by the United States' largest trading partner -- Canada. In 2000, the United States exported more to countries having French as a national language than to countries having any other foreign language. French is also a very useful language if you are thinking of working at the United Nations (where French is the second most widely used language) or for the United States Government in the foreign service. Here in the United States, when you know French, you could become a French teacher, an interpreter or a translator. French is by its nature a broad, interdisciplinary field that draws on a variety of perspectives and traditions: language, literature, the arts, history, politics and cultural study.

Julie Landry is a fluent French speaker that has written a popular Rocket French Review on her site. To learn more about Rocket French, visit her site - Learn to Speak French is dedicated to helping people learn French.

Article Source: The French Language - Past And Present

 
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