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If you speak French you will be able to speak with people from all over the world.
The historical legacy of France as a colonial power means that to this day there are many countries where French is spoken as a language of commerce, education, government or day to day use.
You will encounter French speakers in many African and Asian countries, as well as French Guyana in South America and in the Canadian province of Quebec.
Interestingly there is not a large difference between the French spoken in France and that spoken overseas, in contrast to the English spoken in Britain and the USA or the Spanish spoken in Spain and Latin America.
French is spoken by about 80 million native speakers worldwide as well as another 60 million that use it as their first foreign language.
French belongs to the Romance group of languages, that are derived from Vulgar Latin.
Even if you do not already speak one of the Romance languages,
you will none the less experience great enjoyment and success learning the language with the language courses from 17 Minute Languages.
And of course having learnt French, you then have an excellent basis for learning other Romance languages.
There are hundreds of words in other languages that originate in French.
For example, take al closer look at some German words:
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