Why Brexit is a good time for you to learn French
There isn’t a single day that goes by in Europe without hearing something about Brexit. So far, we have heard absolutely everything including fake news, conspiracy theories… Brexit here, Brexit there, Brexit with chocolate, Brexit gluten free…. All the news and our conversations with our colleagues and friends include at least a comment about Brexit.
At the moment while I am writing this article (December 2018), we still don’t know what is going on. Nobody, including European deputies know what is going to happen, when and how. By the time they finally get over their break up, let’s not waste time waiting until the last episode, let’s take the Brexit as an opportunity for us – not for them. An opportunity to see our future differently and create or include a plan B, C, D in our lives.
Let’s consider a Plan B
There are many plan Bs available, and I would like to discuss one with you: Learn French before the deal is done. Why French and not another language you will ask, it’s a good question! French was spoken within the EU since the very beginning. Minute of Culture générale: the very first trade agreement between countries to remove economics’ border was made by Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg, known as BENELUX in 1944. Only in 1951, France and Italy were part of the deal. Even if French people say that the BENELUX wasn’t the beginning of the European Union (EU) – You know how they are when it comes to “who is the first one doing this shit”, right? With that said, obviously the French language has been the first language of communication in EU.
The French language is an excellent partner in crime if you are considering a move in your career and/or your life. Still not convinced? Let me give you 7 good reasons why learning French both before and after the Brexit is a good idea
- French is the second language in the EU (DATA). I don’t know about your memories in high school, mine were pretty bad actually, but if you still remember, I am sure that French was the first foreign language offered along with English. If you have kids, you will appreciate that French is still offered in many schools.
- Lucky or not – depending on your point of view – you will probably work with French speaking people one day, if not already. Which means you would be able to communicate easily with your French colleagues, suppliers… And let’s be honest, it’s always nice to understand when a person is talking about you in their native language, isn’t it? The funniest is pretending that you don’t understand. Are you ready to play?
- What if you want to apply for a job in the European Union? Or in a French speaking country in Africa? As many of the EU citizens on the continent speak more than 2 languages, the competition will be high so if you speak more than 1 language, you will have a higher chance of having your CV read.
- It is not as difficult as you might think. Many French and English words cross over both languages – great news if you are a native English speaker. Nevertheless, be careful with false friends and mispronunciations that can lead to a complete disaster or giggles.
- French is the only language within Europe that is official in 5 countries : France, Belgium, Switzerland (none EU country but in the European continent), Luxembourg, Monaco. The majority of African countries also speak French
- Learning French will also help you learn other latin languages such as Portuguese, Spanish, Italian and Romanian
- Remaining in the UK doesn’t mean that being monolingual will be enough for your career. International CVs and experiences are always a plus while applying for a new job or a job with greater responsibilities.
I think that learning French will always be a good idea for anyone, before and after Brexit. Learning French will bring you tons of advantages, like those I have mentioned, and that list is non- exhaustive! You will discover a new world and open new doors while learning French with a private French teacher or a group class.
And now? Are you more convinced about learning French before and after Brexit? or are you still in doubt? A famous quote stated: “When there is a doubt, there’s no doubt”. In other words, it’s time to challenge yourself and your brain, and to start learning French for you, your career, and mostly for fun.
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