The Story of French: The Language That Travelled the World

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Robson, 2006 - French language - 483 pages
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"The Story of French", like any good story, tells of spectacular failures and unexpected success. This is the story of the French language - second only to English for the number of countries where it is officially spoken. A language that is the official tongue of two G-7 countries and three European nations. A language with rules so complex that only a few people ever completely master it.


Nadeau and Barlow show the readers – through their own experiences of living and travelling to French-speaking countries – how the French language developed and changed over the centuries, how it came to be spoken in the Americas, Africa and Asia and how it gained and maintained its global appeal - unravelling the mystique of a language that has been mysterious for too long. Written in a chronological narrative spanning more than 10 centuries, from ancient French dialects of the 8th century to the present-day French spoken in Quebec, Algeria, Beirut and more.


While the story of the French language may have began over a thousand years ago, it is far from over... 

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User Review  - Lynn - Goodreads

Fascinating tour through the history of French-speaking people, the spread of the language, and current trends regarding the power of French in diplomacy, business and culture. I plan to buy this book. from_search=true Nadeau Jean Benoît Read full review

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User Review  - Freckles - Goodreads

Takes a long time to get through but worth the work! "The Story of French" should be mandatory reading in Canada . . . And maybe then the rest of the country would stop hating 'the French' so much. Read full review

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