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French can take you much further than France

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With French, you can surely visit Paris and flood your Instagram feed with tremendous photos of lavender fields. But have you ever thought that the very same language can open up a wealth of other opportunities across the globe for you?

Where French can take you other than France

Brussels, Belgium

Bordering France, Belgium may seem like quite an obvious destination to go to learn French. Yet it is full of pleasant surprises!

Home to many cultures and cuisines, Brussels offers a rich gastronomic journey through continents on a budget. Make sure to check out the following spots recommended by locals:

  • Toukoul — Ethiopian Resto Bar where you can roll your own injera
  • Au Bon Bol — the ultimate Asian experience in the very heart of Brussels’ Chinatown
  • La Kasbah — cosy Moroccan restaurant serving couscous and tagine dishes
  • L’Everest — the authentic Indian cuisine, close to the fashionable district of Avenue Louise
  • Samouraï Ramen — authentic Japanese cuisine with a personal touch

Geneva, Switzerland

If you’re after exploring quaint towns, admiring scenic mountain ranges and enjoying your wine and cheese haute, all while learning French, book yourself a flight to Geneva.

Tick the iconic Jet d’eau fountain off your travel checklist and make sure to pay a visit to the Pointe de la Jonction, a peaceful green spot where locals flock in summer. The best day to check out Parc Alfred Bertrand (yet another Geneva’s leafy hidden gem!) is Thursday. On this day, there’s a quirky local market held nearby.

Montreal, Canada

Canada is a great place to start learning French, especially for those looking for a high level of living conditions and an open-minded culture they’ve got used to.

Almost every province in Canada speaks French, so you have a lot of choices about where to go. Montreal is easily one of the most beneficial options.

With its cobblestoned streets and cute boutiques and shops, the Old Montreal Port is probably the city’s most Instagrammable district. Some of these buildings date back to the early 1700s, which makes them among Canada’s oldest.

In terms of architecture, many of Montreal’s historic neighbourhoods are unique in North America. To see it for yourself, take a stroll through the tree-lined streets of the Le Plateau-Mont-Royal and have your camera ready to capture these spectacular façades!

During the summer, studying French at the beautiful Montreal Botanical Gardens overlooking the Olympic Stadium in Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie feels really rewarding.

Marrakech, Morocco

If you’re looking for a complete cultural overhaul as a part of your French-learning adventure, you should definitely consider Morocco for your trip. In this North African kingdom, French serves as a lingua franca and also often used for business, government, and diplomacy.

For a truly unforgettable experience, head to Marrakech, the fourth-largest city in the Kingdom of Morocco located at the western foot of the Atlas Mountains.

Here you can learn the art of Tajine-making in cooking classes and explore the winding streets of the medina’s labyrinth to embrace a sense of adventure and fully immerse yourself into a new realm.

Marrakech’s soul is the Djemaa el-Fnaa, a giant square near the entrance to the medina. On hot dream-like afternoons, it’s filled with snake charmers and merchants offering everything from Moroccan babouche slippers to outlandish spices in multiple languages at once. Nighttime brings street-food vendors, storytellers, and musicians in long djellabas playing Gnawa, traditional music known to induce a trance. A whole different world!

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Learning French with Duolingo and Skyscanner FAQ

Is Duolingo effective in studying French?

Whether you’re a beginner starting with the basics or looking to practice your French skills while travelling, Duolingo is scientifically proven to work.

What’s so special about the Duolingo app?

Duolingo’s bite-sized lessons are tailored to help you learn and review vocabulary in a fun way. Interactive exercises provide instant feedback allowing you to watch your language score rise as you master new words, phrases, and grammar.

How many countries have French as their official language?

French is an official language in 29 independent nations and all French overseas regions and departments.

Here’s a list of the most popular French-speaking countries accompanied by affordable flights available on Skyscanner:

Belgium — flights from £17 return
Canada — flights from £207 return
France — flights from £15 return
Haiti — flights from £546 return
Luxembourg — flights from £17 return
Madagascar — flights from £520 return
Seychelles — flights from £414 return
Switzerland — flights from £48 return
Morocco — flights from £27 return

How many people in the world speak French?

About 300 million. Among this group are not only native speakers but also partial speakers and speakers of various French dialects and creoles. French is the world’s sixth most widely spoken language after Mandarin Chinese, English, Hindi, Spanish and Arabic.

How Duolingo Plus can help me level up my French before going abroad?

With Duolingo Plus, you can learn French on the go completely ad-free while having full control over your progress tracking.

Start learning French with Duolingo and Skyscanner to discover wonders that may leave you speechless!

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