FACTS ABOUT THE FRENCH LANGUAGE

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family.

There are about 220 million in the world speaking this language. French is spoken in 29 countries. French speakers are called Francophones.

This is the official language of France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Monaco, Canada and many other countries. French is also used in Italy, the USA, Argentina, Australia, Morocco, Mexico and other big countries. It is also the language of many international organizations (European Union, United Nations Organization, Interpol, International Olympic Committee, World Trade Organization, etc.). Some of the Creole languages were based on the French language: Mauritius Creole, Louisiana Creole, Antilles Creole and others.

French is based on Latin. It is believed that the old French language began to form around the 9th century.

Other languages also had a great influence on French. In this speech, there are many words taken from English, Italian, old German and other languages.

French pronunciation is based on clear rules, and writing on a historical basis. Pronunciation rules depend on the dialect, but there are common principles of literary language.

French is a moderately inflected language. Nouns and most pronouns are inflected for number (singular or plural, though in most nouns the plural is pronounced the same as the singular even if spelled differently); adjectives, for number and gender (masculine or feminine) of their nouns; personal pronouns and a few other pronouns, for person, number, gender, and case; and verbs, for tense, aspect, mood, and the person and number of their subjects.

In Lithuania, the French language was widely used by nobility in the 19th century. It was also popular among the intelligentsia in interwar Lithuania. Currently, French is taught in many Lithuanian schools as a first or second foreign language.

Interesting Facts

The longest word

Anticonstitutionnellement (unconstitutional)

Phrases

In French phrases are used instead of compound words.

For example, prise de sang (blood test).

International language

French became an international (diplomatic) language in the 17th century. In the middle of the 20th century it was replaced by English.

Popular language

French is taught in all countries of the world. It is one of the most popular languages in the world.

Translation areas where French is most commonly used:

vehicle engineering, law, energy, finance, banking, insurance, information technology, medicine, pharmacy, clinical research, construction, real estate, agricultural machinery, forestry, logistics, telecommunication, industry, manufacturing, tourism, advertising and marketing, cosmetics and beauty industry and so on.

Linguistic services where translations from/to French language are used:

Specialised and general translations, urgent translations, translations of the documents and their certification, translations of websites and audio-visual material, translation and localisation of a computer software, translation with editing and proofreading, review of the version for publishing, adaptation of text and preparation of creative writing, design and layout services, interpreting, language courses, etc.

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Language combinations:

Lithuanian-French, French-Lithuanian, Russian-French, French-Russian, Estonian-French, French-Estonian, English-French, French-English, German-French, French-German, Finnish-French, French-Finnish, Latvian- French, French-Latvian, Ukrainian-French, French-Ukrainian, Polish-French, French-Polish, Belarusian-French, French-Belarusian, Spanish-French, French-Spanish, Italian-French, French-Italian, Norwegian-French, French-Norwegian, Swedish-French, French-Swedish, Czech-French, French-Czech, Danish-French, French-Danish, Greek-French, French-Greek, Dutch-French, French-Dutch, Portuguese-French, French- Portuguese, Bulgarian-French, French-Bulgarian and others

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