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French is the official language of France (according to Article 2 of the French Constitution). The French government does not regulate the use of language in publications by individuals, but the use of French is required by law in the case of workplace and commercial communications.

The official authority on the French language is L'Académie française. L'Académie française was originally established in 1635 by Cardinal Richelieu, the chief minister to King Louis XIII. L'Académie française was abolished during the French Revolution in 1793, but then reestablished by Napoleon Bonaparte in 1803. L'Académie française publishes an official dictionary on the French language, although it should be noted that its rulings are advisory, rather than legally binding.

Because of France's history, the French language is also widely spoken in other countries too. The French language was spread by French colonial empire that existed from the 17th century onwards, as well as also by its use as a lingua franca and language of culture and diplomacy among the educated classes of Europe during the 17th, 18th, and 19th centuries. As a result, it has been established that somewhere between 300 million and 500 million people can speak French either as their first language or as a second language. Countries where French is spoken are known as "Francophone", and there is even an international organization (Organisation internationale de la Francophonie) to encourage and support the use of the French language.

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Learn French: Rosetta Stone French - Level 1-5 Set

Rosetta Stone
Released: 2010-09-14
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Develop your command of the language. From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions. Develop conversational skills to plan adventures, care for your health, and move abroad. Talk about government, work, movies, and citizenship. Discuss family and traditions, and celebrate success.

Rosetta Stone Homeschool French Level 1-5 Set including Audio Companion

Rosetta Stone
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Rosetta Stone Homeschool French Level 1-5 Set including Audio Companion
 
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Learn French: Rosetta Stone French - Level 1

Rosetta Stone
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Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Gain the confidence to master basic conversational skills, including greetings and introductions, simple questions and answers, shopping, and much more.

Rosetta Stone Homeschool French Level 1-3 Set including Audio Companion

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Rosetta Stone Homeschool French Level 1 including Audio Companion

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Rosetta Stone French Level 1-3 Set [Download]

Rosetta Stone
Released: 2011-11-07
Software Download (Childrens Foreign Language Software)
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In the Rosetta Stone Level 1-3 Set you will connect with the world around you. Build a foundation of fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure. Quickly gain the confidence to enjoy social interactions – greetings and introductions, travel, dining out, giving and getting directions, shopping and other recreational activities. Learn to share your ideas and opinions, express your feelings, and talk about everyday life – your work, your interests, current events and much more.

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Learn French: Rosetta Stone French - Level 1-2 Set

Rosetta Stone
Released: 2010-09-14
CD-ROM (Childrens Foreign Language Software)
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Build a foundation and navigate your surroundings. Learn fundamental vocabulary and essential language structure from greetings and introductions to simple questions and their answers. Gain the confidence to talk about your environment and enjoy basic social interactions – giving and getting directions, telling time, shopping, dining out, and more.

Rosetta Stone French Level 1-5 Set - Student Price (PC) [Download]

Rosetta Stone
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With the Level 1-5 Set you will develop your command of the language. From the simple to the complex, gain the confidence to share your ideas and opinions. Develop conversational skills to plan adventures, care for your health and move abroad. Talk about government, work, movies and citizenship. Discuss family and traditions. And celebrate success.


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Living Language French, Complete Edition: Beginner through advanced course, including 3 coursebooks, 9 audio CDs, and free online learning

By Living Language

Living Language Staff
Released: 2010-11-23
Audio CD (416 pages)

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Ultimate French Beginner-Intermediate (Coursebook) (Ultimate Beginner-Intermediate)

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Pimsleur French Conversational Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-16 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs

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Brand: Pimsleur
Released: 2005-10-03
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Reading instruction begins in Lesson 9 to provide you with an introduction to reading French. A Reading Booklet PDF must be downloaded.

The French Language
French is spoken by 55 million speakers in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French and Belgian colonies. It is an official language in 44 countries and an official language of the United Nations. An estimated 50 million people around the world speak French as a second language.

Pimsleur French Basic Course - Level 1 Lessons 1-10 CD: Learn to Speak and Understand French with Pimsleur Language Programs

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The French Language
French is spoken by 55 million speakers in France, 3 million in Belgium, 1.5 million in Switzerland, 6.5 million in Canada, and 5 million in former French and Belgian colonies. It is an official language in 44 countries and an official language of the United Nations. An estimated 50 million people around the world speak French as a second language.

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