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Here at Balwearie High School we have 4 French teachers and we have students in every year group from S1 – S6 studying French. You can find information for each year group by following the relevant links on the side bar.

 As a department we run a French Study Trip, details of which can be found by speaking to any member of the Modern Languages faculty.

 So why is French important? How long have you got! Here are 10 important facts about the French language and French speaking countries:

French is a romance language

French is spoken as a first language by about 136 million people worldwide

Around 190 million people speak French as a second language

French speaking communities are present in 57 countries and territories of the world

French speaking communities are collectively known as “La Francophonie”

There are 16 vowels in French!

France It is often referred to as "The Hexagon" because of the geometric shape of its territory

France's total land area, with its overseas departments and territories 260,558 square miles, 0.45% of the total land area on Earth

French is an official language of The International Red Cross, The United Nations and The Olympics

Over 20,000 English words have their origins in French


So that’s the serious side of learning French; here are a few slightly more fun facts!


French is better than chocolate because speaking lots of French won’t make you sick!

Speaking French will increase your job opportunities and salary potential

French is better than drinking because you can’t get a hangover from speaking French!

French is the language of culture opening your door to art, music, dance, fashion, cuisine, and cinema

French is better than smoking because speaking French won’t make you smell bad!

French fashion designers, artists, writers, musicians, chefs and film makers have had a wide influence all over the world

French is better than coffee because speaking French won’t stain your teeth!