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Information about the French Language and Culture

French Word of the Day

Facts about the French Language:

  • Spoken by more than 70 million people; Mostly in France, Belgium, Switzerland, former French and Belgian colonies in Africa and Canada

  • Derived from Latin

  • French is the second most taught foreign language in the United States, after Spanish

  • French is a working language of the UN, the EU and dozens of international organizations

  • A third to half basic English words come from French


Where Do I Start?

  • Try searching Academic Search Complete for journal articles.
  • For books and DVDs, search HU Libraries Summons
  • Are you practicing speaking, listening, writing and reading in French? Take a look at the Internet Sources page for useful websites.


A Map of France

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