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What! Should French Become World's Most-Spoken Language By 2050?

French is amazing but isn't the English language better for everyone?

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Should French become the world's Most-Spoken Language by 2050? (Translation: Do You Speak French?) play

Should French become the world's Most-Spoken Language by 2050? (Translation: Do You Speak French?)

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A recent study by a French investment bank Natixis has suggested that French could be the most-spoken language – ahead of even English and Mandarin – within 40 years.

The Natixis report comes on the heels of a New York Times article about a French-language renaissance in New York – at least in public schools - where bilingual French-English curriculum are becoming increasingly common and popular - in America!

The bank also claims the language is currently been spoken in the fastest-growing areas of the world especially in sub-Saharan Africa. As a result, their projection, estimating 750 million French speakers by the year 2050 is factual.

Despite the fact that this recent report may come as good news for some defenders of the French language, Forbes  disputes the methodology of the study. They claim all inhabitants of countries in which French is an official language – Francophone – are not and may never be as many as the Anglophones.

However, according to France24.com, despite reports of France being in a bad shape lately, one thing might cheer the country's citizens up and that's their language is still alive and well and could become an official language for major international bodies like the UN, EU and the Olympics Committee.

What do you make of this projection: good or bad?

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