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750 Million People Expected to Speak French by 2050

Bangui, Central African Republic. The French language retains some of its former influence in the former French colonies in Africa.

Bangui, Central African Republic. The French language retains some of its former influence in the former French colonies in Africa. Image from Wikimedia Commons.

Countering the assertion by John McWhorter at the New republic that learning French is pointless, Pascal Emmanuel Gobry  writes on his Forbes blog that French might just be the language of the future:

French isn’t mostly spoken by French people, and hasn’t been for a long time now. The language is growing fast, and growing in the fastest-growing areas of the world, particularly sub-Saharan Africa. The latest projection is that French will be spoken by 750 million people by 2050. A study by investment bank Natixis even suggests that by that time, French could be the most-spoken language in the world, ahead of English and even Mandarin.

Global Voices translators weighed in a month ago on the challenges and the benefits of learning French.   

 

  • Stefan Fricke

    Don’t count in double standards. In sub saharan Africa people speak
    their tribel language as first and french as second language. If you
    count all English speaking includeng the ones who speak it as second
    language then there are more than a billion by 2050.

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