Bonjour chers lecteurs et lectrices,
Without pretense, I decided today to join the community of bloggers. I strongly believe that I have a lot to share about the French language and everything linked to speaking and learning French. Of course, a language cannot be discussed in isolation because it is directly connected to the people speaking the language; it is embedded in their culture and their everyday life.
With every new posting I will have le mot du jour or the word of the day. I intend to present and deliver different forms of postings depending on my inspiration, my frame of mind, the time I will have available, as well as suggestions by others (which are very welcome). My objective here is to illustrate that the French language is still very much alive. The mots du jour will give me a chance to address a wide selection of topics and things.
One more disclaimer: as I am trying to reach non-French speakers, I am writing in English and you will quickly recognize that this is not my native language so, bear with my very own writing style. However, I will use French words and expressions on a regular basis as I am trying to disseminate the French language. Don’t worry, there are no pop quizzes!
For starters, do you know in how many countries French is commonly spoken? How many people speak French around the world?
About 200 million people around the world speak French (as their native or second language or as the official language of their country); about 70 different countries and/or governments form la Francophonie or le monde de la Francophonie. French-speaking people who live in these countries are called Francophones, not to be confused with francophiles (persons who admire France, its people or/and its culture).
Le mot du jour: la Francophonie
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