Français (French)

Photo by Hannes Wolf on Unsplash
Photo by Hannes Wolf on Unsplash

French is estimated to have about 76 million native speakers, and another 77 to 110 million secondary speakers who speak it to varying degrees of proficiency, mainly in Africa. French is an official language in 29 countries across five different continents. French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. Today, owing to France’s past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole.

Native Speakers: 76,000,000

Region: France, Canada

Writing System: Latin script

Language Family: Indo-European, Italic, Romance, Western Romance, Gallo-Romance, Oïl, French

Basic Phrases in French

Hello Bonjour
Goodbye Au revoir
Yes Oui
No Non
Excuse me… Excusez-moi
Please S’il vous plaît
Thank you Je vous remercie