Video encyclopedia

French language


The Sound of the Old French Language (La Chanson de Roland)


The Sound of the Occitan language/ Languedocien dialect (Numbers, Greetings & The Wren)


The Sound of the Middle French Language (Gillion and his two Wives)


The Sound of the Picard language/dialect (Numbers, Sentences, Phrases & Sample Texts)


10 langues de Wallonie / 10 languages of Wallonia

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It descended from the Vulgar Latin of the Roman Empire, as did all Romance languages. French has evolved from Gallo-Romance, the spoken Latin in Gaul, and more specifically in Northern Gaul. Its closest relatives are the other langues d'oïl—languages historically spoken in northern France and in southern Belgium, which French (Francien) has largely supplanted. French was also influenced by native Celtic languages of Northern Roman Gaul like Gallia Belgica and by the (Germanic) Frankish language of the post-Roman Frankish invaders. Today, owing to France's past overseas expansion, there are numerous French-based creole languages, most notably Haitian Creole. A French-speaking person or nation may be referred to as Francophone in both English and French.
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