Is the French language on the decline?


Is the French language on the decline? 


This is the question that is on the mind of several experts these days.  There is a trend that has quietly been growing across Europe for the past few years and this trend involves more and more schools teaching their students such languages as Chinese, Arabic, and Spanish.  The demand is being driven by the students themselves who are trending away from learning French and towards these languages.  The reasons for this picture could be as follows:

The children of immigrant families now living in Europe wanting to stay in touch with their native tongues.  More opportunities opening up for students to use these languages.  French on the decline because its use is not as attractive as it used to be.  The Chinese are doing more business in Europe.  Europe forging closer ties with South America.  Immigration from Arab and Middle Eastern countries is on the rise. 

Whatever the reason, it is worrisome to the French and it would be interesting to see how things shape up in the coming years.  I will close by giving you a reference to check out.



        Speaking of Languages: The Decline of French

        Brussels Journal – Brussel,Belgium

        How can schools teach French if the overwhelming number of students demand Arabic or Spanish or Chinese? Above all, how can French compete with English? …

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