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Studying international languages

Mar 24, 2010, 12:27 PM

The Francophone Week, also called Semaine De La Francophone, has just ended recently in the country, thus attracting the participation of French speakers and lovers.

International language is of use in various ways, thus the need for people to read at least some international languages, for instance, English, French, Arabic, German, Portuguese, and Dutch among others.

These and other international languages can be useful throughout the world for business transactions, dating and international appointments, as well as effective communication.

For instance, French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. The International Organisation of Francophonie has 56 member states and governments. Of these, 28 countries have French as an official language. French is the only language other than English spoken on five continents. In fact, French and English are global languages.

When deciding on a foreign language for work or school it's good to consider that French is the language that will give you the most choices in life.

In The Gambia other than English, French language is being given prominent nowadays, thanks to the efforts of the Ministry of Education, Alliance Franco Gambienne, and French Teachers Association.

For us to communicate effectively with our close door neighbours, for example, Senegal it's important that our people learn the French language.

The Francophone week or La semaine de la francophonie is a global event, organised by Francophone Association, in collaboration with the French Teachers Association in The Gambia. It is a week set aside annually to celebrate French language with a series of programmes, geared towards creating a platform to promote unity through culture, by enhancing cultural diversity among different people.

It also enables students to meet and discuss key issues pertinent to their learning process, as well as create avenue for the learning of French language.

The bottom line here is that there is no regret in studying more languages as it tends to widen one's horizon, thus open new opportunities.

Students should endeavour to learn French at school for their own betterment, simply because the more bilingual you are the more opportunity you are likely to have in real life.