HOW FRENCH IS RANKED
Those of us who are English speakers, and have learned, or are learning
the French language are too often called to defend it's relative value.
Relative value can have many variants, because it is calculated
from different statistical resources or at different times. Since the
value of all languages as core to learning is being challenged, I
feel compelled to offer a list showing how French is ranked for a
variety of functions, a variety of places. In all but six I have named
a source, with the knowledge that sources I have not seen
may show a different rank. The collection establishes, beyond the
shadow of a doubt, that French is a useful language, worthy of being
studied to the point of mastery. The ranking statements are in no
More English words were derived from French (Anglo-Norman, etc.) than from any other language.
French is always in the top 5 for target language in translation (multiple sources)
Official in 29 independent countries and spoken on 5 continents, it is
geographically the most widely used language other than English.
French is the language of the 3rd largest international television station in the world (TV-5) 55 million viewers.
French is a category 1 language in difficulty to learn for
Anglophones: easiest kind generally considered 3rd easiest language to
Kinshasa (DRC) is the world's largest French-speaking city, Africa's 2nd largest city, population over 10,200,000.
French is an official language of 23 African countries (widely spoken in 31)
How many people truly speak French in Africa? Quora (130 million, making it 3rd most spoken)
French ranks 2nd as a native language in the European Union
French is the 2nd foreign language in the EU after English (status of English is erroding)
2nd among the "10 Most Requested Languages for Translation Services"
What Are the Most Requested Languages for Translation? (tied for 2nd)
For Books, French is the most translated language in the US, before German and Spanish
For Books, French is the second most translated language in the world, after English.
3rd for number of articles in Wikipedia
6th in content languages for web sites.
The number of French-language accounts on Twitter ranks third
Facebook languages after US English: Spanish, Brazilian Portuguese, UK English, French
French ranked 6th for content language of web sites
French is the 3rd used language on blogs
French is 2nd among The App Store's Top 5 Languages
8th according to INTERNET WORLD USERS BY LANGUAGE
France is the second largest producer of video games in the world
6th internet language for number of sites visited by month (2014 OIF report)
3rd language on Amazon.com (2014 OIF report)
Google Trends - French, the most searched for language in Mexico, and it shares 1st with Spanish in the UK
French is the 2nd most studied second language in the world
French is the 2nd most popular second language
New study puts French in 3rd place in the world for number of speakers
same study - number of French spekers grew by 7% and those studyibg French by 6% between 2010 and 2014
By 2050, there will be 700 million French speakers, ranking it 2nd or 1st in the world
In US 3rd foreign language for jobs in the US (after Spanish and Mandarin)
France has the world's sixth-largest economy by nominal figures
In 13 of the 50 fastest-growing economies of the world, French is an official language
French is the 2nd business language of the European zone after English
French is one of three filing languages at the European Patent Office
French ranked several years ago the sixth most widely spoken language in the world
Le français serait la troisième langue du monde, selon une nouvelle étude
French ranks second among the world's official second languages
French is the most commonly spoken language other than English or Spanish in 11 states of the US
Today French ranks second as the world's diplomatic language, a testimony to the French government's past efforts.
French is third for the non-English language most spoken at home
French is the third most important language for business, after English and Chinese? language magazine (6/12/16)
5e langue mondiale (2014 OIF report) 6th by other sources
4th internet language for number of users (2014 OIF report)
It is the second official language of international organizations (International Journal of Development and Management Review)
English and French are the 2 permanent official languages of the Olympics
French is one of 4 official languages of FIFA
French is foundational to and number one in use in ballet
French is one of three procedural languages of the European Union
One of the working languages of the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development
French ranks 2nd as the language of Nobel Laureats in Literature
The British Council said French was number 3 among languages needed for the UK
French is ranked the 2nd most influential language in the world (many references)
French is #3 - Power Language Index (2016, multi-criteria study), by Kai L. Chan, PhD
French is the international language of cooking, fashion, theatre, the visual arts, dance and architecture.
In US public library collections, French is the most common language
other than English and Spanish in public library collections in 32 of
the 50 states.
French is one of 5 official languages of the FIFA World Cup
France is the number one tourist destination in the world (multiple sources)
According to Baby Name Wizard founder Laura Wattenberg, French names are deemed the sexiest for women
A CNN poll makes French the 2nd sexiest accent in the world
BRITONS believe French is the world's sexiest language, a new study reveals.
French is the sexiest, according to a New York Daily News poll
La France, 4ème pays d’accueil des étudiants étrangers
Robert D. Peckham, PhD
Director, Globe-Gate Intercultural Web Project
University of Tennessee at Martin
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