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French

French (français, pronounced [fʁɑ̃sɛ]) is a Romance language spoken originally in France, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland, and today by about 300 million people around the world as a mother tongue or second language, with significant populations in 54 countries.

Descended from the Latin of the Roman Empire, along with languages such as Spanish, Italian, Catalan, Romanian and Portuguese, its development was influenced by the native Celtic languages of Roman Gaul and by the Germanic language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders.

It is an official language in 41 countries, most of which form what is called in French La Francophonie, the community of French-speaking nations. French as a foreign language is the second most frequently taught language in the world after English. Along with English, it is perhaps the most used language in the European Commission.

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Who will win the reptile race - Chameleon, Gecko, Gila Monster or Salamander, The first title in the new Chameleon board book series by Laura Hambleton, featuring characters from her popular Welcome to Lizard Lounge. In English and French.

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French Goat Cheese: found in Homewood, AL at a world market.

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Huggie's Diaper Box: Instructions found in both French and Spanish

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Award-winning language-learning innovator Ana Lomba transforms “Goldilocks and the Three Bears” and “Little Red Riding Hood” into a way to introduce kids ages two to seven to French. Accompanying the books are a 45-minute audio CD that features a lively reading of the story, in French and English, helpful pronunciation basics, and fun games and activities.

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Dijon Mustard: found in Homewood, AL at a world market.

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Huggie's Diaper Box: "Try" is in both Spanish and French

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French Candy: found in Homewood, AL at a world market.

Information about the French language:

French
Français 

Pronunciation:

IPA: [fʁɑ̃sɛ]

Spoken in:

France, Canada, Switzerland, Belgium, Luxembourg, Monaco, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Ivory Coast, Equatorial Guinea, Guinea, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Niger, Senegal, Haiti, Lebanon, Martinique, Vietnam, Central African Republic, Chad, Madagascar, Cameroon, Gabon, and other countries. (see article for full list) 

Region:

Africa, Europe, Americas, Pacific, isolated regions of Asia

Total speakers:

Native: 80 million
Total: estimations from 175 million to 500 million [1] [2] [3] 

Ranking:

11 (Native), total: 3 to 7

Language family:

Indo-European
 Italic
  Romance
   Italo-Western
    Western
     Gallo-Iberian
      Gallo-Romance
       Gallo-Rhaetian
        Oïl
         French

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French Candy: found in Homewood, AL at a world market.