Why Learn French

Why Learn French?

Some may doubt the usefulness of learning French when the English language is ubiquitous around the globe. Others propose Spanish or Chinese as more pragmatic second languages for modern Americans. While it’s true that global politics and American demographics have changed a great deal since Dr. Austin founded Canoe Island French Camp in 1969, learning French not only challenges and expands the mind, it continues to provide cultural and economic benefits.

5 Great Reasons to Study French

la-nourritureAdapted from Laura Lawless at french.about.com and the American Association of Teachers of French.

  • Students who have studied French earn higher scores on standardized tests (SAT/ACT/GRE/LSAT).
  • Students who speak French will be understood in more than 56 countries by more than 200 million people who use French in their daily lives.
  • French provides the base for more than 35% of modern English vocabulary. Because French donates so many words to English, learning French will greatly increase the number of English words you know.
  • French is the lingua franca of culture, including art, cuisine, dance, and fashion. France has won more Nobel Prizes for literature than any other country in the world and is one of the top producers or international films.
  • Candidates with proficiency in a language other than English earn higher salaries

French Organizations

french-classAlliance Française de Seattle

Alliance Française de Portland

Education Français Greater Seattle

Seattle-Nantes Sister City Association

French-American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest Chapter

“My daughter learned much more French than in the 3 years here. Thanks for getting her into a level that challenged her.” ~ Kristina, Jordan