FRENCH LANGUAGE ACQUISITION WORLDWIDE
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:: FRENCH language acquisition in CANADA
:: FRENCH language acquisition in DENMARK
:: FRENCH language acquisition in FRANCE
:: FRENCH language acquisition in ITALY
:: FRENCH language acquisition in BELGIUM
:: FRENCH language acquisition in SWITZERLAND
:: FRENCH language acquisition in MOROCCO
:: FRENCH language acquisition in SENEGAL
:: FRENCH language acquisition in ETHIOPIA
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:: FRENCH language acquisition in GUADELOUPE
French is a Romance language spoken as a first language by around 136 million people worldwide. A total of 500 million speak it as either a first, second, and foreign language.Moreover, some 200 million people learn French as a foreign language.
French speaking communities are present in 56 countries and territories. Most native speakers of the language live in France, the rest live essentially in Canada, particularly the province of Quebec, with minorities in the Atlantic provinces, Ontario, and Western Canada, as well as Belgium, Switzerland, Monaco, Luxembourg, and the U.S. state of Louisiana. Most second-language speakers of French live in Francophone Africa, arguably exceeding the number of native speakers.
French is a descendant of the Latin language of the Roman Empire, as are national languages such as Italian, Portuguese, Spanish, Romanian and Catalan, and minority languages ranging from Occitan to Neapolitan and many more. Its closest relatives however are the other langues d'oil and French-based creole languages. Its development was also influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.
It is an official language in 30 countries, most of which form what is called, in French, La Francophonie, the community of French-speaking countries. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations. According to the European Union, 129 million (or 26% of the Union's total population), in 27 member states speak French, of which 65 million are native speakers and 69 million claim to speak French either as a second language or as a foreign language, making it the third most spoken second language in the Union, after English and German.
FRENCH SPEAKING COUNTRIES
After the German language, French is the most widely spoken mother tongue in the European Union. It is also the third most widely understood language in the EU, after English and German.
French is one of the four official languages of Switzerland (along with German, Italian and Romansh) and is spoken in the western part of Switzerland called Romandie, of which Geneva is the largest city.
In Belgium, French is the official language of Wallonia (excluding the East Cantons, which are German-speaking) and one of the two official languages, along with Dutch, of the Brussels-Capital Region, where it is spoken by the majority of the population, though often not as their primary language. French (or German) are not official languages nor recognized minority languages in the Flemish Region, although along borders with the Walloon and Brussels-Capital regions, there are a dozen municipalities with language facilities for French speakers.
Monaco and Andorra
Although Monegasque is the national language of the Principality of Monaco, French is the only official language, and French nationals make up some 47% of the population. Catalan is the only official language of Andorra; however, French is commonly used because of the proximity to France. French nationals make up 7% of the population.
French is also an official language, along with Italian, in the small region of Aosta Valley, Italy. Though most non-Italophone people in the region speak Franco-Provencal, they use standard French to write. That is because the international recognition of Franco-Provencal as a separated language (as opposed to a dialect or patois of French) was quite recent.
Luxembourg & Channel islands
French is one of three official languages of the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, alongside German and Luxembourgish, the natively spoken language of Luxembourg. French is primarily used for administrative purposes by the government. French is used in Jersey & Guernsey.
French is the second most common language in Canada, after English, and both are official languages at the federal level. French is the sole official language in the province of Quebec, being the mother tongue for some 6.8 million people, or almost 80.1% of the Province. About 95.0% of the people of Quebec speak French as either their first or second language, and for some as their third language. Quebec is also home to the city of Montreal, which is the world's second largest French speaking city, by number of first language speakers.
French is one of Haiti's two official languages. It is the principal language of writing, school instruction, and administrative use. It is spoken by all educated Haitians and is used in the business sector. It is also used in ceremonious events such as weddings, graduations and church masses. About 10-15% of the country's population have French as their first language; the rest speak it as a secondary language in varying degrees of proficiency from basic level to fluent. The second official language is the recently standardized Haitian Creole which is spoken by virtually the entire population of Haiti. Haitian Creole is one of the French-based creole languages, drawing the large majority of its vocabulary from French, with influences from West African languages, as well as several European languages.
A majority of the world's French-speaking population lives in Africa an estimated 115 million African people spread across 31 Francophone African countries can speak French as either a first or a second language. This number does not include the people living in non-Francophone African countries who have learned French as a foreign language.
French is mostly a second language in Africa, but it has become a first language in some areas, such as the region of Abidjan, Cote d'Ivoire and in Libreville, Gabon. It is not possible to speak of a single form of African French, but rather of diverse forms of African French which have developed because of the contact with many indigenous African languages.
In the territories of the Indian Ocean, the French language is often spoken alongside French-derived creole languages, the major exception being Madagascar. There, a Malayo-Polynesian language (Malagasy) is spoken alongside French. Sub-Saharan Africa is the region where the French language is most likely to expand, because of the expansion of education and rapid demographic growth.
It is also where the language has evolved the most in recent years. Some vernacular forms of French in Africa can be difficult to understand for French speakers from other countries, but written forms of the language are very closely related to those of the rest of the French-speaking world.
French is an official language in many African countries, most of them former French or Belgian colonies: Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo (Brazzaville), Cote d'Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea (former colony of Spain), Gabon, Guinea, Madagascar, Mali Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo.
French is an official language of the Pacific Island nation of Vanuatu where 45% of the population can speak French. In the French territory of New Caledonia, 97% of the population can speak, read and write French, whereas only 1% has no knowledge of French.
In French Polynesia, 95% of the population can speak, read and write French, whereas only 2% have no knowledge of French. In the French territory of Wallis and Futuna, 78% of the population can speak, read and write French, whereas 17% have no knowledge of French.