A brief article appeared on the Forbes website in March 2014 suggesting that French could well be the language of the future. While prudent readers will always take such future-gazing avec un grain de sel, the article does make some important points about French being one of only two languages spoken on five continents (the other is English), and about the projected growth of French as a global twenty-first century language, spoken in some of the nations with the fastest expanding populations on earth. Here are a couple of sentences from the article to whet your appetite:
“French isn’t mostly spoken by French people, and hasn’t been for a long time now. The language is growing fast, and growing in the fastest-growing areas of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. The latest projection is that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050.
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French Studies Electives 2015
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