Why Learn French?

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French is the native language of 200 million people around the world and the second language of millions more. And most agree French is one of the most beautiful languages! Here are several more reasons to learn the language of Molière:

World Language

There are more than 200 million French speakers on the five continents. French is the second most widely learned foreign language after English.

Travel

France is the world’s number one tourist destination, attracting 70 million visitors a year. French also comes in handy when traveling to Africa, Switzerland, Belgium, Monaco, Canada, the Seychelles and other places.

Culture

French is the language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance, and architecture.

Fun

French is a fairly easy language to learn for native English speakers. More than 50 percent of current English vocabulary is derived from French.

Love & Reason

French is a beautiful, rich, melodious language, often called the language of love. French is also an analytical language that structures thought and develops critical thinking.

Jobs

A knowledge of French opens the doors of companies in France and other French-speaking parts of the world (Canada, Switzerland, Belgium and Africa).

Higher Learning

Speaking French opens up opportunities at renowned French universities and business schools, ranked among the top higher education institutions in Europe and the world.

International

French is both a working language and an official language of the United Nations, the European Union, UNESCO, NATO, the International Olympic Committee, the International Red Cross and international courts.

Parking Information

Street parking on SW 20th St. facing the Kamm House is limited. Free parking is available in Lot A at SW 18th and SW Columbia. Please obtain a parking pass from the office.

After 6 pm weekdays, students may park in the Willamette Dental lot at SW 20th and SW Jefferson as available.

Office Hours

Monday - Friday 9:00-5:00
Classes are held until 8:30
Saturday 9:30-1:00
or by appointment

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