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February 23, 2005

French Continues to Lose Out Against English

Yesterday's Daily Yomiuri also reported on the continuing struggle of the French language to compete with English on the world stage. The number of students studying French continues to decline every year, according to language teachers at the recent Expolangues trade show in Paris. One British teacher of French cites the recent government decision to make second-language study optional for students 14 and older, with subsequent dramatic drops in students taking French, German and Spanish. A teacher from Portugal said that in her country some 70% of students take English courses compared to only 10% studying French. Even in Switzerland, where French is one of the official languages, it is being edged out of classrooms buy the current world lingua franca.

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