Why learn French?

When learning a language,  or anything else for that matter, it all comes down to motivation. “What are your reasons for learning French?” Once you know the answer to that question, it will be easier for you to start or pick up where you left off at school.

I came across these top ten reasons you should study French in The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Learning French by Gail Stein and I am sharing them with you because they are quite funny and because it might help you identify your own motivation.

The Top Ten Reasons You Should Study French:

10. You love Colette’s romance novels.

9. You’d like to root for the Montréal Canadiens in French.

8. You loved Les Misérables so much that you decided to read the original version in its entirety—all 600 plus pages.

7. You want to avoid ordering francs with mustard and sauerkraut.

6. You never know when you’re going to run into Catherine Deneuve.

5. You want to impress your date at a French restaurant.

4. You love French movies but find the subtitles too distracting.

3. They won’t let you onto the topless beach in Martinique without it.

2. Two words: French Fries.

1. You want to meet Saint- Exupéry’s “Little Prince.”

Are you totally convinced that French is the language for you? Now that I have your undivided attention, let’s look at some more down-to-earth, realistic reasons you should study French.

10. You’re a musician, and France is a country where culture is taken seriously. You really like classical music and would like to enjoy the operas you love in their native language: Carmen by Bizet, Faust by Gounod, Manon by Massenet, Samson et Dalila by Saint-Saëns.

9. You’re an artist. Art is your life, and you want to study in a place where it is respected and loved.

8. You love French movies and long to understand the actors without the distraction of poorly translated subtitles.

7. You’re not greedy, but you do want to make more money. Haute couture, perfume, leather goods, precision instruments, automobiles, chemical and pharmaceutical products, and jewellery are all thriving French industries.

6. You want to prove you’re smart. The French language has the reputation of being difficult. Of course, anyone who’s ever studied French knows that it really isn’t any more difficult than any other foreign language.

5. You want to live in a French-speaking country. You love the language, you love the people, or maybe you’ve been relocated by your company. Whatever the reason, if you’re going to be staying in a French-speaking country for an extended period of time, you’ve got to learn the language.

4. You love to cook and have a special passion for fabulous dishes and desserts. You want to go to original sources and to understand all the food terms and culinary techniques.

3. You love to eat. Do you consider yourself a gourmet? If so, then a basic knowledge of French, especially the culinary terms, is a must.

2. You want to be totally irresistible, and you truly believe that speaking French will attract that special someone. You’re probably right. French, more than any other language, has the reputation of being “the language of love.”

1. You love to travel. In addition to France, there are more than 40 French-speaking countries in the world, where more than 100 million people speak French.

Do any of these reasons sound familiar? What are your reasons for learning French?

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