Why in the world NOT?
There are so many reasons, but here’s a top-ten:
10. French: About 130 million native speakers and approximately the same number of students around the world. That’s a lot of chat potential.
9. Be healthy and happy. Second-language study reduces chances of suffering from dementia and related diseases later in life
8. Travel like James Bond. Do you want to truly travel or just vacation? Look how much easier people get along on the Amazing Race if they speak the language.
7. Keep up with popular culture. How much of French Kiss did you miss? Is “Le Freak” really so chic?
6. Three syllables: Re-su-mé. Heck, it’s even a French word.
5. Visit Paris, and make people think you live there.
4. Expand your horizons. Someone might offer you a job overseas. That gorgeous person you were just checking out approached you and said “Ello, I, euh... sorry, do you speak French?”
3. Discover, and better understand, the enormous contributions of French and francophone culture in the U.S. and in the world.
2. Your English will improve.
1. It’s a lot of fun.