The Eiffel Tower in Paris, France, behind the trees.

French Language Fun Facts

The French language is not restricted to the European region alone. Read on to discover amazing facts about the French language.

It is, in fact, the official language of over 29 countries all over the world. Surprised! Keep reading to learn more...

French Fun Facts

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A French-speaking nation or a person is called a Francophone. French is the second most spoken language in the world after English.
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The city of Paris is home to the most people who speak French. Not far behind is the city of Kinshasa, which is followed by Montreal and Brussels.
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It is assumed that French has always been the most spoken language in France. However, that was not the case before the French revolution. French evolved from Gallo-Romance, the Latin language that was spoken in Gaul.
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The French dictionary Larousse, claims that there are 130,000 French words. The average adult remembers around 20,000–35,000 words in both French and English.
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The word ‘chair’ is written as ‘la chaise’ in French, ‘Stuhl’ in German, and ‘uiija’ in the Korean language. It has been taken in English from the Old French word ‘chaiere’.
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The word ‘book’ has been derived from the Old English word ‘boc’. It is written as ‘Buch’ in German, as ‘doseo’ in Korean, and as ‘livre’ in French.
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The word ‘yes’ founds its origin in the Old English word ‘gese’. It is written as ‘ye’ in Korean, as ‘oui’ in French and as ‘ja’ in German.
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The word ‘key’ founds its origin in the Old English word ‘caeg’. It is written as ‘ki’ in Korean, as ‘clé’ in French and as ‘schlüssel’ in German.
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Numbers are written differently in different languages. For example, the number ‘30’ is written as ‘dreißig’ in German, as ‘trente’ in French, and as ‘samsip’ in Korean.
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Every language has its own way of writing numbers. For instance, the word 16 is written as ‘seize’ in French, as ‘sechzehn’ in German, and as ‘sipyuk’ in Korean.