French

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French is a romance language, which originated in France. A speaker of French is a francophone.

There are a large number of French loanwords in English, and an additional large number of Latin-derived words which have cognates. French is also adopting many English loanwords, much to the chagrin of the Académie française. There are however a large number of false friends between English and French.

Contrastive analysis also highlights differences in tense use.

French L1 speakers often have difficulties with the consonant sounds /θ/ /ð/ and h, which do not exist in French, and are typically substituted with /s/ /z/ and h-dropping. French vowel sounds are also somewhat different, and lacking diphthongs, students often have problems with these.

French is the national language of France. There are also French-speaking regions in Belgium, Canada (particularly Quebec) and Switzerland.