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French

Photo courtesy of Eric Larkin.

Quick Facts

 

Total Worldwide Speakers: 67,838,450

 

Language Family: Indo-European

 

Spoken in:
 
France, Algeria, Andorra, Austria, Belgium, Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cambodia, Cameroon, Canada, Central African Republic, Chad, Comoros, Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, French Guiana, French Polynesia, Gabon, Guadeloupe, Guinea, Haiti, India, Israel, Italy, Lebanon, Libya, Luxembourg, Madagascar, Mali, Martinique, Mauritania, Mauritius, Mayotte, Monaco, Morocco, Mozambique, New Caledonia, Niger, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Réunion, Rwanda, Saint Pierre and Miquelon, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Seychelles, South Africa, Switzerland, Togo, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States, U.S. Virgin Islands, Vanuatu, Wallis and Futuna

 

 

History:
 
The French language is descended from Latin and first appeared in writing in 842 AD when it was used in the Strasbourg Oaths. Before then Latin was the language used for literature throughout Europe. During the 10th and 11th centuries, French appeared in a number of documents and religious writings, but French literature didn't start to take off until the late 12th / early 13th century. The first great work of French literature was the 'Chanson de Roland' (Song of Roland), which was published in about 1200.

 

 

Sources: The Ethnologue & Omniglot

Books

 
Oxford French Dictionary

 
Author: Marie-Helene Correard
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Copyright: 2001
ISBN 978-0198-6036-34
No of Copies 1

 
Langenscheidt Pocket French Dictionary

 
Author: Langenscheidt Editorial
Publisher: Langenscheidt Publishers
Copyright: 2005
ISBN 978-1585-7347-19
No of Copies 1

DVDs

 
The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: The 400 Blows

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 99 min
Rating Not Rated

 
The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: Bed and Board

 
Audio Tracks French, Japanese
Subtitles English
Running Time 97 min
Rating Not Rated

 
The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: Love on the Run

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 95 min
Rating Not Rated

 
The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: Les Salades de l'amour: The Supplements

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time N/A
Rating Not Rated

 
The Adventures of Antoine Doinel: Stolen Kisses

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 91 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Amelie

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 122 min
Rating R

 
L'auberge espagnole

 
Audio Tracks French, Spanish
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 122 min
Rating R

 
Blue

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 98 min
Rating R

 
Cache (Hidden)

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 118 min
Rating R

 
La Cage Aux Folles

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 97 min
Rating R

 
Caramel

 
Audio Tracks French, Arabic
Subtitles English, French
Running Time 95 min
Rating PG

 
Chocolat

 
Audio Tracks English, French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 122 min
Rating PG-13

 
Les Choristes

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 97 min
Rating PG-13

 
The City of Lost Children

 
Audio Tracks English, French, Spanish
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 112 min
Rating R

 
The Class

 
Audio Tracks French, English, Spanish
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 130 min
Rating PG–13

 
Coco Before Chanel

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 110 min
Rating PG–13

 
Un Coer en Hiver

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 105 min
Rating Not Rated

 
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly (La Scaphandre et le Papillon)

 
Audio Tracks English, French, Spanish
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 112 min
Rating PG-13

 
Entre Nous

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 112 min
Rating PG

 
La Haine

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 97 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Happenstance

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 97 min
Rating R

 
Indochine

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 156 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Jean de Florette

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 121 min
Rating PG

 
Jules and Jim

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 105 min
Rating No Rating

 
Manon of the Spring

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 114 min
Rating PG

 
Ma Vie en Rose

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Running Time 88 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Molière

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, Spanish
Running Time 121 min
Rating PG–13

 
The Red Balloon

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 34 min
Rating No Rating

 
The Return of Martin Guerre

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 123 min
Rating Not Rated

 
The Rules of the Game

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 106 min
Rating No Rating

 
The Taste of Others

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 112 min
Rating R

 
The Valet

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 85 min
Rating PG–13

 
A Very Long Engagement

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, French Spanish
Running Time 133 min
Rating R

 
Wild Reeds

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English
Running Time 110 min
Rating Not Rated

 
Yes, but...

 
Audio Tracks French
Subtitles English, French Spanish
Running Time 133 min
Rating R

Software


One-Day French

Going on vacation or studying abroad? Need to learn a few basic phrases to get you by? The One-Day language learning program will help you do just that. Quickly learn the necessary words and phrases that will help you while abroad. The audio CD comes with a booklet to help users visually recognize words and phrases if desired.


Rosetta Stone V3 - French Levels 1 & 2

One of the leaders in language learning software, Rosetta Stone allows you to learn a new language almost effortlessly. The interactive software helps you learn through imersion rather than repetitive memorization. Learn the essential structure needed to help you develop a foundation in the language. Rosetta Stone Software cannot be checked out and is for in-lab use only.


Rosetta Stone Audio Companion - French Level 1

Need to learn a language but don't have time to use a computer program? The Rosetta Stone Audio Companion is an audio CD that you can bring anywhere to develop your language skills. Each CD contains several different units that help reinforce pronounciation, voabulary, and basic phrases. Unlike the software component, the Audio Companion can be taken out of the lab.


Tell Me More - French

Whether you're a beginner or just looking to improve your vocabulary, Tell Me More is a great tool to help you develop your language skills. With hundreds of hours of language practice and thousands of exercises, you'll be on your way to learning a new language in no time.

Television

TV 5 Monde
 

Channel on SMC TV: 65

 

Description: La chaîne de télévision internationale francophone. (The Intenational French Television Channel.)

 

 

 

 

 

Télé-Québec
 

Channel on SMC TV: 66

 

Description: Télé-Québec is a television network out of Quebec, Canada. The network's programming is primarily in French.

 

 

 

Web-Based Resources

Web-Based Software

Mango Languages LogoMango Languages is available free to all Saint Michael's students, faculty, and staff in a number of languages. Each Mango lesson is focused on practical, common conversation skills and includes instruction on vocabulary, pronunciation, grammar, and culture.

For assistance with Mango, please see Getting Started with Mango Languages.

 

 

Powerspeak Logo Includes a combination of scored online activities, exercises, lessons and games. Course activities include an adventure story containing graphics, audio, video and an intuitive way to track learning progress. Learners are also challenged to practice speaking and writing in a variety of interactive modules designed to simulate real conversations with native speakers.

For assistance with Powerspeak, please see the Getting Started with Powerspeak guide.

 

 

Saint Michael’s offers online accounts to use Rosetta Stone, a leader in language learning software. While the LLRC still has Rosetta Stone software available in the lab, this software can be used anywhere, anytime! Interested in learning more? Click here to get started.

 

 

Web-Based Links

 
About.com — French

An online tool for practicing and learning French. The site includes links for Grammar, Pronunciation and Reading. There is a verb conjugator as well as tips and tricks for learning French.

 
BBC Languages — French

BBC Language is an online base language learning software that offers resources for Chinese, Spanish, French, English, and many more languages. Learn the basics of 36 different languages and the culture as well!

 
Christmas Traditions in France and Canada

An explanation of Christmas traditions and history in French culture.

 
ClicNet

Listing of French links by subject. Information intended for instructors, students, and anyone else interested in French language and culture.

 
Credo Reference — Online French to English and English to French Dictionaries

Through the St. Michael's college library, all faculty, staff and students have access to either the Business French Dictionary or the Collins French Dictionary Plus. You will need a MikeNet account to access this resource.

 
Digital Dialects — French

Digital Dialects provides some simple games for learning basic French.

 
French Assistant

Free online lessons from beginner to advanced levels in the French language. Includes a huge variety of online activities with audio to secure mastery of grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.

 
Global Road Warrior

Use this database to get acclimated to a country's business culture and etiquette (greetings & courtesies, ethics, meetings, attire), society and culture (gift giving, food, media, time & punctuality) and travel tips (money & banking, transportation, and more) for 175 countries.

 
Les Kutchuks

Language games, forums, virtual cards, and a variety of other great tools for learning.

 
MYLO

MYLO is a free language learning program developed by the Department of Education to help users learn a new language. MYLO utilizes engaging activities and challenges to make the learning process more interesting. Users are able to skip around the various activities to focus on learning the grammar and vocabulary that suits their needs and interests.

 
Real French

Learn to read, write, and speak Portuguese online. Audio lessons include basic vocabulary, important phrases, and more. Grammatical lessons and sentence construction at the beginner and advanced levels.