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  French language. The Columbia Encyclopedia, Sixth Edition. 2001-05
Having served as an international language in diplomacy and commerce as well as among educated people during the last few centuries, it still enjoys great prestige culturally and is one of the languages used officially by the United Nations.
French is descended from Vulgar Latin, the vernacular Latin (as distinguished from literary Latin) of the Roman Empire (see Latin language).
In 1635 the French Academy was founded by Cardinal Richelieu to maintain the purity of the language and its literature and to serve as the ultimate judge of approved usage.
www.bartleby.com /65/fr/Frenchla.html   (708 words)

  French language - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
French (français) is the third-largest of the Romance languages in terms of number of native speakers, after Spanish and Portuguese, being spoken by about 120 million people as a mother tongue or fluently.
It is the official language of the principality of Monaco and is spoken by a small minority in the principality of Andorra.
French is written using the 26 letters of the Latin alphabet, plus five diacritics (the circumflex accent, acute accent, grave accent, diaeresis, and cedilla) and the two ligatures (œ) and (æ).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/French_language   (3280 words)

 French Tutorial Index
French IV is designed for those who are moving to or living in France, while Informal French and Slang intends to teach the real spoken form of the language.
Language textbooks are rather expensive and generally only include the formal, written language.
French in Action by Pierre J. Capretz, et al.
www.ielanguages.com /french.html   (499 words)

 CLEP: French Language
The French Language examination is designed to measure knowledge and ability equivalent to that of students who have completed two to four semesters of college French language study.
Most textbooks used in college-level French language courses cover the topics in the outline given earlier, but the approaches to certain topics and the emphasis given to them may differ.
To prepare for the French Language exam, it is advisable to study one or more college textbooks, which can be found in most college bookstores.
www.collegeboard.com /student/testing/clep/ex_clf.html   (453 words)

 French Language
The aim of the writers of this period, as is the case of the poets of La Pléiade, was to elevate the French language to the level of Latin as a medium for literary expression, In 1539 a royal decree proclaimed French official language of the public administration.
French was established as an official language in the French and Belgian colonial possessions in Africa.
French was the language in which were fixed the notions of the Western culture and for centuries it was used by the educated people all over Europe, gradually replacing Latin in the live international communications.
www.orbilat.com /Languages/French/French.html   (1695 words)

 french language history in france -- from latin & provencal   (Site not responding. Last check: )
French, as it is spoken today by a vast Francophone population, began to become standardized with Charlemagne's conquest of the Gauls and Franks in the 16th Century.
It is spoken as a first language by 51 million people in France and Corsica; in Canada by 7.2 million; in Belgium by 3.3 million; in Switzerland by 1.2 million; in Monaco by 17,000; in Italy by 100,000; and in the United States by nearly 2 million (primarily in Maine and Louisiana).
The source of modern French (and of the other Romance languages) was a spoken, popular version of the Latin tongue that was spread abroad by conquering Roman legions – namely, in the case of French, to so-called “Transalpine Gaul” by the armies of Julius Caesar during the century that preceded the birth of Christ.
www.alsintl.com /languages/french1.htm   (853 words)

 French Super Bargains, French Academic, French Art, French Bible, French Biographies, French Business, French ...
French is one of the Romance languages, descended from Latin.
French was one of the two official languages of the League of Nations and is now one of the six official languages of the United Nations.
French spelling generally reflects the language as it was spoken four or five centuries ago and is therefore a poor guide to modern pro-nunciation.
www.worldlanguage.com /Languages/French.htm   (733 words)

 Why Study French
French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English.
French is one of the languages spoken in the US: 1.9 million Americans speak French in the home.
French thought played a dominant role among the founders of the United States in the 18th century, and it continues to shape America today through the influence of such intellectual currents as post-structuralism and post-modernism.
www.fll.vt.edu /french/whyfrench.html   (1349 words)

 Wikinfo | French language   (Site not responding. Last check: )
French (Langue Française) is one of the most important Romance languages, outnumbered only by Spanish and Portuguese.
French is the 11th most spoken language in the world, spoken by about 77 million people as a mother tongue, and 128 million including second language speakers, in 1999.
It is the official language, but actually less commonly used than the native languages, in Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Côte d'Ivoire, Djibouti, Guinea, Madagascar, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo, Vanuatu and Democratic Republic of the Congo (Zaire).
www.wikinfo.org /wiki.php?title=French_language   (511 words)

 French language, alphabet and pronunciation
French is a Romance language spoken by about 265 million people in France, Belgium, Luxembourg, Canada, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, Lebanon, French Guiana, north, west and central Africa, Madagascar, a number of islands in the Indian Ocean, Haiti and other Caribbean islands, Indochina, New Caledonia, the New Hebrides and the French Pacific Territories.
The French language is descended from Latin and first appeared in writing in 842 AD when it was used in the Strasbourg Oaths.
During the 10th and 11th centuries, French appeared in a number of documents and religious writings, but French literature didn't start to take off until the late 12th / early 13th century.
www.omniglot.com /writing/french.htm   (403 words)

 Language Log: The miserable French language and its inadequacies
I am really more than a bit disgusted that a speaker of French — of all languages — should have the nerve to criticize the English language (if the woolly verbiage of Professor Sergeant can really be called criticism).
Let's be clear (since so many people seem to think the French always have a word for everything): this is a language used by people who are supposed to be the big experts in love and kissing and sexy weekends of ooh-la-la, and they don't have words for "boy", "girl", "warm", "love", "kiss", or "weekend".
Although the French are widely thought to have invented at least one variety of kissing, they have no word that specifically denotes the activity.
itre.cis.upenn.edu /~myl/languagelog/archives/002504.html   (637 words)

 Learn French, French language course.
Our French language courses run at a wide range of levels, so we will certainly have a course which is the correct level for you.
French and Wine’ ‘Language and Gastronomy’, ‘French and Skiing’, ‘French for Business’, Exam Preparation courses, ‘Courses for Young Students’ (Under 16 years), ‘French Club 50’, French and Volunteer Work, French and Work Experience, as well a wide range of other courses.
People speak French with a different accent in different parts of the French-speaking world, so by learning French at more than one of our schools, you will get used to the different accents with which people speak French in different locations.
www.applelanguages.com /en/learn/french.php   (845 words)

 History of French Language
The dialect of Paris gradually became the national language, however, because of the political prestige of the capital and today is accepted as the model for the French language.
Creole languages are fully formed languages that develop from a PIDGIN language and gradually become the primary language of a linguistic community.
French-based Creole is found in Haiti, Mauritius, the French Overseas Departments of Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion, and Guyana, in Dominica and St. Lucia, and, although disappearing, in various British-influenced Caribbean islands and in southwestern Louisiana.
www.discoverfrance.net /France/Language/DF_language.shtml   (1955 words)

 French language
French language: Bibliography - Bibliography See U. Holmes and A. Schutz, A History of the French Language (1938); M. French language: History of French - History of French French is descended from Vulgar Latin, the vernacular Latin (as distinguished...
French language: Distinctive Features - Distinctive Features Phonetically distinctive French sounds are the nasal vowels and the uvular r.
He is the sun, she is the moon: a feminist sociolinguistic approach to teaching the French language.
www.infoplease.com /ce6/society/A0819661.html   (274 words)

 Ethnologue 14 report for language code:FRN
The following is the entry for this language as it appeared in the 14th edition (2000).
An estimated 20% of the population speak French in their daily lives, and up to 65% of the population can read and converse in French.
French is only spoken by about 11% of the population of Channel Islands, mainly older people.
www.ethnologue.com /show_language.asp?code=FRN   (471 words)

 School - French Language School
Offers intensive language courses in French as well as summer courses and helps students with organisation of their stay and finding host families as well as cultural matters.
The school is not only teaching french but also cultural elements and can provide programmes as well as many high quality courses.
A test is made before classes start to determine the language level of the student.
www.listenandlearn.org /school/french/index.php   (492 words)

 Learn French in France - French Language school - Course in France - study french - Courses
Learning French with the C.I.A means: high quality instruction, an outstanding success rate on exams of 96% in 2007, accommodation in host families or residences, fun and cultural activities...
Our language school is one of the first "French-as-a Foreign-Language" schools in France to receive this accolade for the quality of its teaching, its facilities and its services...
Don't miss this chance to combine language study with the excitement of discovering the Mediterranean coast with all of its gastronomy, its wines, its flora, the richness of its art, its smells and its colors.
www.cia-france.com   (517 words)

 WWW Virtual Library: International Affairs Resources--French Language
French Revision-- Large number of free interactive exercises for practice of the French language at all levels, in listening, reading and writing, with graded exercises.
Ressources Internet Francophones-- From Professor Thomas C. Spear of the French Department at Lehman College, City University of New York, a wide-ranging directory of key websites in the French language.
Zut!-- Interactive Activities for French Teachers and Learners-- Many beginning, intermediate, and advanced free online exercises (reading, writing, and listening) and tests to learn French, with audio samples of native French speakers and exercises for interactive whiteboards.
www.etown.edu /vl/french.html   (422 words)

 ILA : learn French in France, French language school, French language courses
We at ILA French language school commit ourselves to high quality French teaching and services, which is your guarantee of a successful language stay in France.
Our French language school, recognized by the top quality language school association IALC and several gouvernements, provides very well equipped and air-conditioned classrooms, highly qualified and motivated French teachers as well as excellent customer service by our welfare team.
Having the right accommodation during your French language study at ILA French language school is a crucial part of your stay.
www.ila-france.com   (533 words)

 French Language Activities at EnchantedLearning.com
A short, printable book for early readers in French, with a Halloween theme and the numbers from 1 to 10, with pages for the student to cut out, items to count and color, and a short phrase to copy.
Print a set of French number word dominoes; each tile has numbers on it, in French and symbols 7 through 13 (sept, huit, neuf, dix, onze, douze, treize).
Print a set of French color word dominoes; each tile has numbers on it, in French and symbols 7 through 13 (sept, huit, neuf, dix, onze, douze, treize).
www.enchantedlearning.com /themes/french.shtml   (3073 words)

 French course in France. Learn French in France, Canada and Switzerland.
Our French language courses in France run throughout the year and our students come from a wide range of nationalities.
All the teachers at our schools are fully-qualified native French speakers, with a university degree and specialist training in the teaching of French as a foreign language.
During their French course in Canada, students have the opportunity to visit Niagara Falls and explore the beautiful countryside surrounding Montreal.
www.languagesabroad.co.uk /french.html   (507 words)

 French language school in paris - learn french in france in a Parisian school
The Accord French Language School is located in the heart of Paris in a typical Parisian building.
Accord French Language School is registered as a Private Institute of Higher Education (Academy of Paris ; 588) and operates under an agreement with the Universities of Paris V, Paris VII, Paris VIII and INALCO.
Accord French Language School is accredited by CSN in northern european countries as well as by Bildungsurlaub in several German regions.
www.french-paris.com   (826 words)

 Resources for Learning French
The course starts in French from the first instant, and is built around a story that involves the kinds of day to day activities that are often neglected in literary-oriented language courses.
In learning French, I found that the most difficult words to master were what I came to call “linguistic glue,” the adjectives, adverbs, prepositions, and conjunctions that link verbs and nouns into complete sentences.
This is the language as she is spoke, not as she is writ, and you gotta hear it to learn it.
www.fourmilab.ch /francais/lfrench.html   (4646 words)

 French Language & Culture
ARTFL (American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language.
The language partner is someone who speaks the language you study as their native language and is studying your native language.
Materials on the various languages and dialects spoken in France, such as Breton, Occitan and Langue d'Oc, are included as well as on varieties of French spoken elsewhere.
www.accd.edu /pac/lrc/french.htm   (418 words)

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