French Language Day

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2023 DateMarch 20, 2023
2024 DateMarch 20, 2024
French Language Day

French Language Day History

French Language Day seeks to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. This day recognizes the potential of languages and cultures to unite people and create spaces of solidarity and understanding. French is one of six official languages celebrated by the UN. The other five are, Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian, and Spanish.

French Language Day is a part of the United Nations Language Days which were introduced in 2010. It is observed annually on March 20th. This date commemorates the establishment of the International Organization of La Francophonie on March 20th, 1970.

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French Language Day Facts & Quotes

  • According to the U.N, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world. It has over 300 million speakers.
  • 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.
  • 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

French Language Day Top Events and Things to Do

  • Learn French. In the U.S, French is the fourth native language. It's also the second most taught after Spanish.
  • 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.
  • 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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