Talk to a Man in a Language he Understands

Published: 17th February 2009
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"If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his own language - that goes to his heart." - Nelson Mandela.

Learning another language is one of the most important things you can choose to do. Although English is becoming a globally recognized and spoken language, nothing compares to being able to speak to someone in their native language. Apart from English, the most widely spoken language in the world is French. Statistics say that over 230 million people around the world speak French. It is the second most taught language and is an official language in 28 countries. With the current advances in language learning software and the ease of online language learning, it is easier than ever to learn French. Even celebrities like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie have fallen in love with the language. "Angie and I are trying to learn French," he says in the December 2008 publication of Now Magazine "But she is better at it than I am." Their decision to give birth to twins Knox and Vivienne in France is no doubt their reason for wanting to master the language, but there are lots of reasons to consider learning a second language like French.

Top Ten Reasons to learn french: 1.French is a very in-demand language when it comes to international business and jobs abroad. 2.Travel: French is an official language in many popular tourist countries like France, Canada, Belgium, Switzerland, and Haiti. 3.Serious research often requires knowing a second language. 4.Learning French opens up the possibility of becoming a translator. 5.French is one of the the two official languages at the Olympics. (The other is English.) 6.Ever wanted to volunteer with the Peace Core or the International Red Cross?? French is a valuable language for helping out in many African countries and Islands. 7.France is one of the most visited countries. Ah, Paris! 8.Once you master the language, you can even teach it to others! 9.Understanding a new language opens you up to learning about the culture of the people who speak that language. 10.Many languages have words that come from the French language... even English! So learning French helps you to have a better understanding of English as well.


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