French (français, fʁɑ̃sɛ) is today spoken around the world by 72 to 130 million people as a native language, and by about 190 to 600 million people as a second or third language, with significant speakers in 54 countries. Most native speakers of the language live in France, where the language originated. The rest live in Canada, Belgium, Switzerland and Monaco.
French is a descendant of the Latin language of the Roman Empire, as are languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, Catalan and Romanian. Its development was also influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.
It is an official language in 31 countries, most of which form what is called in French "La Francophonie": the community of French-speaking nations. It is an official language of all United Nations agencies and a large number of international organizations.
The French Language Division coordinates and focuses studies on the French language. The division is composed of various departments that each offer free and open-source courses. These courses are created and taught by volunteer teachers. Everyone is permitted and encouraged to teach and learn at the French Language Division. We hope this can be a place for many people to explore and appreciate the French language and the culture of the French people. Make sure to register at the French stream.
Still need help? If you still need help or have any questions, comments, ideas, or concerns, please visit the French Colloquium and start a discussion. The French Division is full of members who are more than eager to help you!
The French Language Division is organizational and bureaucratic and the French Language Department is educational. In addition to the French division and department, we offer a few other departments related to the French language.
If you believe an additional department of the French language should be added to the division, discuss it first at the Department Talk Page.
The following are staff members at the French Language Division. Staff members actively contribute and maintain the division, departments, and courses. They are fluent or proficient in French, and available to help students in the division.