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Why study French?

French Class
A performance by the conversation class
  • French is the 2nd language on the internet
  • French is the 2nd most frequently taught foreign language in the world
  • French, along with English, is the official working language of the United Nations, UNESCO, NATO, The International Red Cross
  • The French are a world leader in medical research : the AIDS virus was first isolated by French Doctors
  • France is the world’s largest manufacturer of television sets. HDTV was invented in France.
  • The fastest train in the world (TGV) is French
  • France is the first exporter of perfumes, wines and cheese in the world BUT it is second exporter of agricultural goods, automobiles and services in the world.
  • In 2000, the US exported more to countries having French as a national language than to countries having any other foreign language
  • French is the language spoken in Canada, our 1st trading partner.
Pi Delta Phi
New members of Xi Iota (chapter of Pi Delta Phi, French
honor society

Did you know that French is the official language in these countries?

  • Algeria; Gabon
  • Belgium; Guadeloupe
  • Benin; Guinea
  • Burkina Faso; Haiti
  • Burundi; Ivory Coast
  • Canada; Louisiane
  • Cameroon; Luxembourg
  • Central African Republic; Madagascar
  • Chad; Mali
  • Comoros; Martinique
  • Congo; Mauritius
  • Djibouti; Mayotte
  • France; Monaco
  • French Guyana; Morocco
  • French Polynesia; New Caledonia