- 220 million speak French on five continents
- France is also the only language, besides English, that is taught in every country in the world
- French is the official language in 29 countries and is used in many international organizations such as the UN and EU
- I want to visit French Polynesia, African countries, and European countries that speak French. It’s also spoken on 5 different continents, and I’d love to someday travel to all 7 continents.
- I’ve always had this strange inclination for French music, films, literature, and history. Speaking on French films and literature, J’adore Le Petit Prince! Ce film a un bon message.
- I’m only recently discovering Francophone cultures and how French is spoken in concentrated areas such as Montreal or Quebec in Canada, in parts of Belgium, and is a lingua franca along with English in French Polynesia, etc. I look forward to learning more!
- I have this goal of mine where I’ll be able to read current events from different language sources and news outlets to cover most (hopefully someday all of them) regions in the world. French will cover parts of Europe and parts of Africa.
- Diplomacy-wise and Economically-wise, French is spoken in many countries in Africa
- Trading-wise, French is the official language of Canada– the US’s top trading partner
- I’d be able to speak to ⅕ of the people on this Earth. That’s insane.
- Mandarin is the official language in 5 countries and is used in many international organizations such as the UN
- I have Chinese heritage. My great grandfather was half Chinese and spoke Mandarin.
- I’ve always had a strong affiliation for Asian culture because of my heritage and the 6 years I lived in Japan
- I’ve always wanted to visit countries like China, Singapore, Taiwan
- I’d also be able to use Mandarin in Chinatowns here in the US
- I’m interested in learning about Chinese culture, history, and US-China diplomatic relations
- I have this goal of mine where I’ll be able to read current events from different language sources and news outlets to cover most (hopefully someday all of them) regions in the world. Mandarin will cover Asia’s region.
- I went to one of the Chinese Week events earlier in the semester. I can’t remember what the event was, but I remember being enthralled by the culture and feeling a sense of belonging.
A case for learning any language:
- Speak to the heart of that person
- Opens more immersive travel opportunities
- You understand your own language better
- Learn about cultures and histories through that language and learn things that only knowing the language allows
- etc. (there are so many more reasons out there!)