French Language

French is foremost an international language, spoken in over thirty-five countries spanning every region of the world from Europe, America and the Caribbean to Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. It remains, with English, the lingua franca of commerce, trade, diplomacy, and scientific and intellectual exchange.

In addition to being the primary language of many countries, French is an important second language to even more peoples. It is a working language of every international organization, including the United Nations, UNESCO, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank, OECD, the World Trade Organization, UNHCR, and the Olympic Games. With the advent of the internet, French is becoming even more relevant as a second language. Next to English, more information is available on the Web in French than in any other language.

The French language is the vehicle of a rich philosophical and literary tradition. Enlightenment thinkers like Montesquieu, Voltaire and Rousseau greatly influenced the world and their writings still hold great relevance for evolving issues. Literary and cultural movements in France and French speaking countries are a reference for currents in other languages.

Today, French is the language of high tech innovation in the fields of computer science, aerospace engineering, biotech and agriculture. If you are considering a career in one of these fields or in a business or industry that will interact with the European Union, your opportunities will be greatly broadened by a working knowledge of French.

Alliance Française

The Alliance Française has been established as an international network for over a century. Its aim is to promote the language and culture of France, working in close association with the country in which it is based. It places itself at the service of the public whose needs and expectations it endeavours to fulfil.

Please visit the website of Alliance Française in Brunei :

Dernière modification : 07/03/2005

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