French is a Romance language. It is spoken as a first language in many countries and areas, such as France, Switzerland, Belgium and Quebec, Canada. In Africa, there are many countries in which French is spoken as a second language. All around the world, French is made up of about 500 million people – making it one of the most important languages in the world. The imperialistic fleet of France that conquered and occupied many countries all around the world. As a result the French language is quite widespread in countries other than France.
French is a part of the Indo-European language family, and as such it is hardly surprising that the etymological origin of many of French words can be traced back to Latin. The influence of other languages, however, is quite small. The influence of Latin can be further explained because of the fact, that French aristocrats used it very often and thus shaped the language in its modern day form. Although shaped by Latin, nowadays you can find lots and lots of different accents and dialects that differ in lexic, grammar and phonetics.
French is often referred to as an melodic language, because of its smooth sound. Vocals merge with following consonants and leave such an impression. If a word ends with a consonant, it either will not be pronounced or merge with the beginning of the next word.
There are 26 letters in the French alphabet. Additionally, you can find the following diacritics: é, è, à, ù, î, â, û, ô, ê, ë, ï, ü, ÿ , ç.
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