French has been called the “language of love” for decades – maybe longer – and there are many reasons, as students or speakers of French well know, why this is true.
While popular opinions of the language have fluctuated over time from obsession to mild derision, if anything can be said about French it’s that it does sound nice to many of us English speakers and is obviously famous for doing so.
Some languages have a reputation for being harsher than others – especially languages like German or Polish. This may have a lot more to do with public perception of the people than it does the actual language itself though, and I’ve never heard a language that I’d actually call ugly.
Never the less, French remains one of the most popular languages to learn in the United States and around the world and some estimates have suggested that as many as 270 million people world wide can speak conversationally in French.
It is spoken in 29 countries as an official language and could even see an explosion of popularity and commonality in the next several decades. As emerging economies in French speaking countries come to prominence and experience population booms, so too may the French language.
But what are the most beautiful French words?
Naturally that’s a matter of opinion. Hell, maybe you don’t even think French is a beautiful language at all.
Regardless, for those of you who do consider yourselves to be Francophiles, here’s a brief infographic so graciously provided by takelessons.com that showcases some of what I would certainly agree are beautiful words.
So what do you think? Are you learning French? Perhaps you’re already a speaker?
What are some of your favorite French words – or words in any language for that matter?
Leave a comment below and join in the discussion.
**This graphic was originally published on takelessons.com and has been used with permission.**