10 Reasons to Learn French: an Unbiased and Objective list

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(Sponsored post) Let’s face it, anyone who tells you that learning French is an essential part of the changing global landscape is either French himself, or trying to sell you something. That doesn’t mean that speaking “la langue française” isn’t cool, cultured and a hell of a party trick however. With French in your arsenal, you’ll certainly turn heads at the discotheque, the bistro, the bedroom, and especially the bidet. Here are the 10 most legitimate reasons to learn French.

1Reason #1: Dominate your dinner menu

With just a handful of French terms, you can take your bistrot game to the next level. Start your evening with an apéritif, then move on to an amuse­-bouche. Your mouth should be so amused that you’ll barely have room for the pièce de résistance. A quick trou normand will help you find a second wind, just in time to go tête ­à­ tête with a planche de fromage. Cap off your soirée with a digestif, before heading to a fête. If you’ve been using all these words, your date may have even transformed from a “peut­ être” to a “oui oui.” Bon appétit, you little connaisseur, you.

2Reason #2: Go beyond Lady Marmelade.

Voulez­-vous coucher avec moi… ce soir is great and everything, but 9 times out of 10, saying this line in earnest will earn you a solid slap to the visage. Why not start doucement with some sexy, slightly absurd French songs with profound lyrics (paroles)? Channel Alain Delon for instance, and croon in sultry tones: Tu es comme le vent qui fait chanter les violons et emporte au loin le parfum des roses* (You’re like the wind that makes violins sing and blows the perfume of roses far away). Wave your cigarette for added emphasis. Suited to all situations.
*From Paroles, Paroles, Paroles; Dalida and Alain Delon, 1972

3Reason #3: Plan your honeymoon to Gabon

Did you know that French is spoken outside of France? We were skeptical at first too, but thanks to France’s glorious colonial history, French flows freely in 29 countries officially, and many more unofficially. French might prove useful (there’s a first time for everything) in such dream destinations as Vanuatu, Djibouti, and Saint ­Pierre and Miquelon. Still not sold? Take a trip to the ultimate exotic destination, the jewel of the Americas: Canada.

4Reason #4: Become a cinema snob

There’s a thin line between pretentiousness and refinement, and learning French will put you firmly in both camps. To achieve the coveted status of Monsieur or Madame “Je sais tout,” you’ll need to master the basics of le cinéma français. Film is after all an art invented by the French (according to the French). Casually slip in the terms Nouvelle vague or Cinéma verité. If no one has run away or spit on you yet, cautiously mention Truffaut’s Les 400 coups or Godard’s A bout de souffle. Feel free to use the term chef d’oeuvre. No derisive laughter? No punching? Good. You know why? Because you dared to learn French, ­the language of cinema snobs.

5Reason #5: Carte Blanche

Reason numéro cinq to learn French makes the least sense, but c’est la vie, ­you’ll have carte blanche to throw in random French expressions in your daily life. As with all things French, these absurd phrases will add class, spice and a hint of confusion to any dialogue. Suggestion below:
Bobby: “Say Harold, à propos of nothing, I’m en route for a dégustation chez Jane. Interested?”
Harold: “No way. Jane is my bête noire. I can’t stand her laissez­ faire attitude. Besides, I didn’t RSVP.”
Et voilà, you’re now part of the avant garde.

6Reason #6: Stage the Coup d’état of your dreams

France has a rich history of revolution and beheadings, so if you’re planning to overthrow a government or depose a monarch, you’d best brush upon the basics of the Coup d’état. Get started with a grève (a strike) or two at your workplace, a local school or hospital just to get into the swing of things. Now you’ll need a handful of saboteurs, agents provocateurs, a guillotine and culottes (optional). Of course, you’ll need to find a despot or monarch to realize your dreams, but with the language of Robespierre, you’re halfway there.

7Reason #7: Become an Endearment Machine

French is legally recognized as the most romantic of all languages (UN), so let’s get you up to speed some of the most ridiculous terms of endearment in the Francoverse. Give your petit(e) ami(e) (little friend) un petit nom (a nickname). Mon petit chou (my little cabbage) and ma puce (my flea) are solid choices. Pardon? Your partner objects to being called a leafy vegetable or parasitic insect? Pas de problème, the French have a veritable menagerie to address their loved ones. Some options: ma biche (my doe), ma caille (my quail), ma cocotte (my little hen), mon lapin (my rabbit), and mon cochon (my pig) careful with that last one. In case of emergency, forget about animals, and break out the ultimate weapon: Je t’aime, mon amour.

8Reason #8: Improve your critical thinking

According to Marie Curie, learning French, along with a touch of radiation, will help improve your
critical thinking. We couldn’t agree more! Among the multitudes of great French­speaking thinkers, let’s take Voltaire and Rousseau. Fond of fascists and bitterly opposed to human rights as babies, once their French language skills formed at the age of two, it was au contraire mon frère: all démocratie this and liberté that. How will learning French change your brain?

9Reason #9: Insults galore

We mentioned that French can improve your critical thinking, but what if we told you it will can also improve your ability to simply be critical? Though we find the French to be perfectly charmant, if ever the need a rises for gros mots (curses), French provides some of the coolest insults and putdowns. When expressing your discontent in French, which is expected daily, try Andouille (dummy) and Boudin (ugly face), both refer to sausages. Punaise (shoot, darn), literally a thumb tack, is a sharp word indeed. Un blaireau is a badger, but also an a**hole (in our experience, badgers are both). Un casse­-couille is nut­cracker, though not in the cool Tchaikovsky opera way, and Putain is a versatile if vulgar term.­ Use when exasperated, angry, bored, hungry, or excited,­ matin, midi et soir.

10Reason #10: Create a cultivated, sophisticated persona to escape from your mundane reality

If this top 10 list has taught us anything, (not certain), it’s that French is more than a language ­ it’s an attitude. An attitude that will have a powerful impact on all aspects of your lifestyle. In fact, it wouldn’t be hyperbolic at all to say that learning French is a choice to become a better person. Ok, maybe a little bit hyperbolic. But this is a safe place; we can admit that French has an appeal that goes far beyond a simple desire to communicate. You want the whole package that French brings: the nonchalant world view, the lax stance on infidelity, the progressive views on sexuality, the seeming inability to gain weight while eating and drinking anything and everything, and of course that inescapable impression of simply being superior. Who wouldn’t want that? Exactement.

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But if you don’t have the opportunity to immerse yourself in a French-speaking culture, you may ask yourself, how can I learn the language quickly on my own? Besides immersion, one of the best ways to learn French through context and exposure to French culture is by watching French television and movies.

And this is where Lingopie comes in! Lingopie is a unique streaming service designed specifically for language learners. It has thousands of hours of international television series and films, including tons of great French content. The handy built-in features help you actively learn while you binge-watch great content, then let you review what you learned when you finish streaming. Enjoy a 7-day free trial and a special discount of 65% off the annual plan for Frenchly subscribers. Grab it by the link!

How Does Lingopie Help You Learn French?

There are two main reasons why learning a new language like French by watching TV and movies is one of the best ways to learn quickly: culture and context.

Formal classroom instruction, textbooks, vocabulary and grammar memorization drills can teach you a lot, but they only go so far. What these things don’t do is expose you to the language as it’s actually spoken by people day to day. 

When you watch French TV and movies, you are listening to French the way that people and characters from all walks of life speak it — slang included. You will learn vocabulary and grammar by diving into contemporary context and culture, instead of from a textbook or lesson plan that was written years ago.

Check out the video below for some examples of how you can learn useful French slang by watching a segment of the show “Fluide:”

Features of Lingopie

1) Subtitles in both English and French

All the French content on Lingopie is available with subtitles in both English and French. So, if you are just starting out on your French-learning journey, you can watch shows and movies with English subtitles to really get into the characters and storylines. Then, when you’re ready, you can switch to French subtitles to follow along with the dialogue more easily and practice your French listening and comprehension skills.

2) Clickable subtitles

Additionally, all the subtitles on Lingopie are fully interactive and clickable. Simply click on any word or phrase you don’t know to pull up an instant translation. Lingopie then automatically saves all the words you click on to your account, so you can go back and review them later on and commit them to memory.

MashUP Lite

If you feel like watching a show with subtitles in English is not teaching you fast enough, but you are not ready to watch the show with only French subtitles yet, try the new MashUP Lite feature! 

This exciting new version of the MashUP feature gradually replaces words in English with French, so the transition isn’t too sudden, and you can still easily follow along with the story and get into the characters. The new words appear with the translation already in a bubble on the screen, so you don’t even have to click on words you don’t know to learn them.


Another great new addition to Lingopie is the quizzes feature. This is a handy way to help you reinforce what you’re learning in real-time and keep you engaged while you watch. 

Quizzes live right in Lingopie’s video player and get triggered when you click on five words that you don’t know. When this happens, a multiple-choice quiz pops up on the screen and challenges you to select the correct meaning for each of the words you clicked on, making sure you stay productive learning-wise.

Quizzes are currently available in the desktop version of Lingopie and are coming soon for mobile web and app users.

Saved words as flashcards or a word list

When you go to the “Review & Learn” section of your profile, you will see all the words you have saved from each show or movie you have watched. All you have to do is click on “Review Words” and you will be taken to a new screen where you have the option to review your saved words using either flashcards or a word list. Easy, right?

When you are confident that you will not forget a new word, simply mark that you know it and add it to your list of words learned. Your home screen will even give you a quick summary of how many words you have saved for review, how many words you have learned, and how many minutes of French content you have watched in total.

Lingopie is constantly working to develop and add new features to make learning a new language even easier. Pronunciation check and private lessons are coming soon to the platform.

Some of the Best Shows To Learn French With on Lingopie

Whether you are an absolute beginner, an intermediate or an advanced French learner, Lingopie’s catalog truly has something for everybody. You can scroll through it to browse sections like “New Releases,” “Beginner Friendly,” “Cartoons,” “Documentary,” and much more. Below, Lingopie gives you a few ideas to get you started.


Who said cartoons are just for kids? When you are learning a new language, why not go back to the basics with a fun French cartoon? “Oswaldo” is a great choice for French beginners. The show takes you along on the escapades of 12-year-old penguin, “Oswaldo,” as he turns any daily situation into an unforgettable adventure.


Détour is a short film that is adequate for beginners. A Lingopie Editor’s Choice, this movie follows the journey of a small tricycle who has lost its young owner. The tricycle sets off on a detour along French roads in an attempt to reunite with its owner. Will there be a happy ending? You will have to watch to find out!


“Trekking” is a reality show that takes you on a journey through the great outdoors. From creek jumping and hiking some of the world’s most difficult trails, to kayaking and skydiving, be prepared for a wild ride. “Trekking” is ideal for intermediate French learners.

Match Day

“Match Day” is another one for the intermediate crowd. It is a suspenseful series that centers around a small town devastated by the murder of a local football (or soccer, for you North Americans/Australians) supporter in the stands during a match. A local police woman, Alex, investigates and tries to get to the bottom of the mystery.

Pacific Criminal

This one is for the fans of detective shows. “Pacific Criminal” follows the lives of several police detectives in New Caledonia, an overseas French Territory in the South Pacific. The series shows how the different characters’ lives intertwine, as well as explores the history, culture, and society of New Caledonia. “Pacific Criminal” is best for advanced French learners.

So, now that you know how watching French TV and movies on Lingopie can jumpstart your language-learning journey, what are you waiting for to get started? 

Visit Lingopie.com today to sign up for a totally free trial and start binge-watching your way to speaking French from the comfort of your own home!

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