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750 Million People Expected to Speak French by 2050
Written by Rakotomalala On 25 March 2014 @ 17:06 pm | 2 Comments
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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 .
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URL to article: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/03/25/750-million-people-expected-to-speak-french-by-2050/
URLs in this post:
 learning French is pointless: http://www.newrepublic.com/article/116443/new-york-citys-french-dual-language-programs-are-mostly-pointless
 the language of the future: http://www.forbes.com/sites/pascalemmanuelgobry/2014/03/21/want-to-know-the-language-of-the-future-the-data-suggests-it-could-be-french/
 challenges and the benefits of learning French: http://globalvoicesonline.org/2014/02/20/parlez-vous-francais-learning-french-according-to-global-voices-translators/
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