• Charlotte H

5 Fun Facts about the French Language

Updated: Oct 9, 2020

If you’re learning a language it’s always good to know a little about its origins and history. Here are 5 fun facts to help you learn more about the french language!



1) About 45% of modern English words are of French origin

Following the Norman conquest of England in 1066, French became the language of the aristocracy and administration. This resulted in numerous French words and expressions being incorporated into English.




2) French is littered with homophones

Homophones are words sharing the same pronunciation but with different spellings and meanings. French has many homophones such as 'et' and 'est'!




3) French is the official language of 29 countries

French is not only an official language of France, Belgium, Switzerland and Canada but also Senegal, Djibouti Madagascar and Vanuatu!




4) Beauty and the Beast was originally a french story

Originally titled "la belle et la bete", this Disney classic was written by French novelist Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve and published in 1740 in La Jeune Américaine et les contes marins (The Young American and Marine Tales).




5) French wasn’t always spoken in France

French is a romance language so before French, they spoke Latin in France! This was because during the Iron Age, France was part of the region of Gaul, where people spoke Latin.





Sources:

https://www.languagecoursesuk.co.uk/french-language-facts/ (#1-3)

https://www.fluentu.com/blog/french/french-language-fun-facts/ (#4 and 5)

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