Thursday, May 24, 2007

The Most Practical Foreign Language

Ted sent me a whole bunch of reasons why I should have studied French. 

Did you know:

  • France has the sixth largest economy in the world after the U.S., Japan, Germany, China and England.  [of course a few years ago they were the 4th largest, but hey]
  • France is the world's third military power (after the US and Russia), and has the world's second largest defense industry (i.e. exocet missiles, radar technology.)
  • France is the fourth largest producer of automobiles in the world (Renault, Peugeot, Citroën) and the third largest exporter.
  • France is fourth in research among countries of the Organization for Economic Development and Cooperation (after Japan, Germany, and the US).

Here's the best quote of the article:

When deciding on a foreign language for work or school, consider that French is the language that will give you the most choices later on in your studies or your career.


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