Monday, December 26, 2011
Czech Radio in French has a very detailed (about 12 PgDns to get to the bottom) article here today on French education in the country that is worth reading through.
- French is the third-most studied language in the country after English and German
- Orthography is quite intimidating in the beginning
- Geopolitical reasons plus a general liking of the language (its reputation as a language of culture, a beautiful language etc.) are some of the main reasons for choosing it. Lots of children 11-15 end up learning it because their parents believe it to be important.
- About 50,000 students learn French in school there, and the number tends to remain stable.