French Language Day

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French Language Day celebrates the French language and its cultural and historical significance. This observance seeks to actively promote multilingualism, cultural diversity and the development of full linguistic potential in each individual. The day also recognizes the role of the French language in the dissemination of humanistic values which have carried France to the international stage. It is an opportunity for lovers of the French language worldwide to celebrate and showcase its richness, diversity and the cultural heritage it radiates.

Historically, French played a significant role in shaping the United States. The Louisiana Purchase in 1803 saw the U.S. acquire a large French-speaking population, and French has remained a powerful influence in regions like Louisiana and Maine. Today, French is the second most studied language in the U.S. after Spanish, reinforcing its cultural resonance. French Language Day offers U.S. citizens the chance to engage with this language legacy. The day serves as a great opportunity to highlight historical Franco-American relations, acknowledge contributions of French-speaking Americans, and encourage learning and proficiency in French among the American people.

In America, French Language Day is typically marked by a variety of cultural and educational activities. Schools and universities often host special programs and events like language workshops, French cuisine tastings, film screenings, and book clubs focused on French literature. It provides an opportunity for Americans to appreciate a language that has played a vital role in the nation's history and continues to influence its culture. Annually, French Language Day is observed on the 20th of March, enabling individuals and institutions across America to celebrate the language and deepen their engagement with French culture and heritage.

Facts about French Language Day

  • According to the U.N, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world. It has over 300 million speakers.
  • Decentered, multiplied, creolized as rejoiced Édouard Glissant, the French language is today spoken by nearly 300 million speakers. On this International Day of Francophonie, it is this diversity of destinies, gathered in the language that we share, that we are invited to celebrate - Audrey Azoulay, Director-General of UNESCO, French Language Day 2018
  • According to, French, along with English, is the only language taught in every country of the world.
  • According to, more than 33% of basic English words come from French. Some examples include: surf, view, strive, challenge, pride, and war.

Top things to do in the US for French Language Day

  • Learn how you can support the International Organization of La Francophonie. La Francophonie is an organization that promotes French and aims to implement political, educational, economic, and cultural cooperation within its 88 states and governments.
  • Learn French. In the U.S, French is the fourth native language. It's also the second most taught after Spanish.
  • Watch a film in French. In the U.S, half of foreign films watched are French. Here are our suggestions:
    Les Choristes (2004)
    Le Jouet (1976)
    Jour de Fête (1949)

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