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Learn French Language Course

French language course introduction

Bienvenue au Francais!

French is the main language of France, parts of Belgium (Brussels and the south), parts of Switzerland (Geneva, Lausanne etc.), parts of Canada (mainly Quebec), New Caledonia, French Polynesia (Tahiti), Haiti, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and Monaco.

it’s also spoken in Luxembourg, Andorra, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Lebanon, Mauritania, Mali, Niger, Chad, Central African Republic, Senegal, Guinea, Burkina Faso, Togo, Benin, Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Congo, Rep. of Congo, Gabon, Rwanda, Burundi, Djibouti, Comoros, Mauritius, Seychelles, Vietnam, Cambodia, Laos, Vanuatu. The number of mother-tongue speakers of French worldwide is about 75,000,000!

Course features:

  • Taught by expert French native-speaker teachers.
  • Curriculum specially designed for New Zealanders.
  • Delivered in small classes with no more than 10 people.
  • All French course materials included.
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Why learn French?

  • Together with English and Spanish, French is one of the most international of European languages, spoken in all the continents of the world.
  • French was for centuries the international language of diplomacy and culture; it’s still important in those fields.
  • France has a large economy with a huge international presence. A lot of French companies have branches in New Zealand.
  • Young Kiwis can go and work in France, Belgium or Canada for one year under a working holiday scheme. A knowledge of French would obviously make a huge difference to anyone’s job prospects.
  • France itself has an incredible variety of scenery, from the rugged Atlantic coast, to the beautiful central valleys, to the Alps, to the Mediterranean landscapes of the south. It offers great opportunities for outdoor activities.
  • French cities are active, busy places, where there is always a lot going on. They have a unique café culture, and there are great opportunities for cinema, theatre, eating out and clubbing.
  • French cuisine is world-renowned, and French is still the international language of cooking, so at least a smattering of the French language is useful for chefs and food enthusiasts.
  • If France seems a long way off, New Caledonia and French Polynesia are more accessible holiday destinations. And they are very French! Even a limited knowledge of the French language can enrich and enliven your tropical holiday.
  • Much like speakers of English, French speakers tend not to be very enthusiastic about speaking other languages, so in France, for example, there is no guarantee you will find someone prepared to speak to you in English!

Is French hard?

  • French is descended from Latin, and is related to Spanish, Portuguese and Italian. (Once you’ve mastered French, the other Latin-based languages are really not that hard to grasp.)
  • A lot of the vocabulary is quite familiar to speakers of English, as we also have many words of Latin origin. (What do you think these French words mean: “information”, “train”, “possible”, “calme”?)
  • The pronunciation is a bit tricky, and you have to move your mouth in unfamiliar ways! Like most English speakers, you will probably have a definite English accent - but you will still be understood perfectly well, so don’t be put off! (Most French people have quite a strong accent when they speak English as well...)
  • Learning everyday French is not that hard. Some of the grammar is a little tricky, but you can still express yourself quite well in basic situations without having tackled the difficult points.
  • French is put together in much the way that English is – one word follows the other in fairly familiar ways.
  • Verbs and tenses are quite complicated in French, as they are in other Latin-based languages. Or rather, they work in different ways. Once you get used to the patterns, things start to fall into place.
  • Standard French is widely used and understood across the French-speaking world. Although there are dialects, you really don’t need to worry about them too much. You are more likely to have trouble understanding, say, the slang spoken by young people in the cities - but then so do many of their compatriots!
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