I already told you about the similarities; the vocabulary is similar, there are more sounds in common in French and English than you may think, and finally, the sentences’ forms are quite the same, so it’s quite fast and easy to make some French basic conversations.
But there are other cool things about French language, and here they are:
French is a worldwile language:
If you have read all my articles (I hope so) you already know that France is an intercontinental country (Check my article about French regions if you don’t know anything about DOM-TOM) But there are also very strong French speaking communities, especially in Africa (If you like history, you must know all the “Françafrique stuff), but also in North America (French is an official language in Canada as English) And even some parts in South Asia, where some South Eastern Asian countries still recognize French as a second or minor language (If you like history you must also know all the “Indochine” stuff) All those countries are part of the International Organization of Francophonie. This organization consists of all the countries with French as a foreign language but also those that use it as a second or minor language, but also some countries which link to French at some point in history and also observer members. And this is why French is learned as a second language almost everywhere.
So, if you know French, you can be understood in many places around the world.
French is a very complete language:
Indeed, there is not just one French language, French can be spoken in a lot of different ways. And all languages have some literary, familiar, formal, vulgar ways to be spoken. French has one hundred faces. And there are many reasons for this, especially the fact that French has been and still is a language of literature.
The French literary speaking is very complex and complete; there is different word for so many concepts and so many ways to conjugate. By using formal French, you are using 8 different tenses (5 for the past), distributed in 7 modes, so the possibilities are huge. The lexica are so enormous, that I personally, use a dictionary when I read a book in my own language.
There is also the “Verlan”. If you didn’t know about it, this is basically a practice consisting to reverse the syllable of a word, and it is used a lot. By example: Louche/Chelou which can mean equivocal, seamy. Lour/ Relou, which mean heavy but that is used as “rubbish”. Matte/Tema, that is an unformal word for “look”, etc. For the funny tips, there is also a double “verlan” word: “Feumeu” which is the verlan of “Meuf” which is the verlan of “Femme” which means woman *mind blow*.
The last thing is the French habit to use words with a different meaning and to invent. If you are good in French, you can still be quite confused when you are listening French people. Indeed, we like to use words differently and many people have little language gimmicks, so some sentences will sound weird to you.
It might look very rubbish, but in fact it is very cool to be able to use so many ways to say something. French is a language with which you can compose!