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French, the language of opportunity!

  • There are many reasons to learn French: family, culture, travel, but also work and community activities.
  • French is the 3rd most used language in business and represents 20% of commercial exchanges and nearly 17% of global income.
  • There are 300 million French speakers in the world, spread over 5 continents.
  • French is also the 4th most used language on the Internet.

In personal & social life

There are so many reasons to learn French! Some people do it because of their love for literature, art or history of French-speaking countries. Others do it out of sheer pleasure, seeking a motivating challenge in discovering the language of Molière. Others learn French for family reasons: relationships with distant relatives, bi-national marriages, a new property in a French-speaking country … These profiles are all represented among our students, here at Fransk kulturhus, and we take great pleasure in supporting them in their learning journey!

For business & professional life

Among our students, many of them are taking French courses for professional reasons. Regularly, sometimes daily, for long or short-term projects, in a team or on their own, they need French at work. They need it in their work with colleagues, or in their relations with clients or other partners. Whether you are in Norway or anywhere else, it is impossible to escape the French language!

French as a competitive advantage

According to Observatoire de la francophonie, French is the third most used language in business globally. 20% of commercial exchanges and nearly 17% of world income are generated in French. Molière’s language is used in commercial exchanges, media, digital tools, science, international meetings and more generally in the cultural and humanitarian world. Additionally, about 30 national governments use French to communicate, both in internal exchanges and international relations.

From a more informal point of view, French is also the fourth most used language on the Internet and allows millions of its users to browse websites, blogs, forums and, naturally, social media.

According to the Observatoire de la francophonie’s latest statistics, the world counts 300 million French speakers spread over all continents.

Joining these French speakers as a professional allows you to: 

  • Access new markets or position yourself more strongly as a professional in the audiovisual industry, cultural services, publishing sector …
  • Take full advantage of new opportunities and economic activities.
  • Be more visible, expand your network and participate in a broader range of consultation and discussion between companies or professionals, or between private individuals and institutions.
  • Communicate better on the Internet: through social media, blogs, websites, forums, etc.


These are all advantages that our own students are the first to notice, as their experiences show:

A few years ago, our company was asked to assist with capacity-building in a French-speaking country. We have extensive experience with such collaborations, but this is the first time this will be done in French. To refresh our knowledge, we have participated in courses at Fransk Kulturhus. It has given us sufficient security to meet our French-speaking colleagues in professional discussions and in the exchange of experiences.

 Berthe and Annicken, employees within a Norwegian public institution, taking the course Conversation B2-C1

For me it is essential to use the French language in my professional life to understand the environment in which I am, the things that are explicitly said, the expressions of the young people I meet as a director and photographer. As a photographer, I need to communicate with many people involved in my projects, but also with public authorities to obtain shooting authorizations and so on.

Julie-Christine works as a movie director and photographer, she takes private lessons with us.

French is a secondary language in many countries outside France. By learning basic French, I’m able to maintain a dialogue with customers. This is important for the purpose of bonding as well as to be able to read documents, discuss and negotiate.

Eivind works for an international Norwegian company and takes private courses with us.

I am often on business trips in French-speaking countries (France, Belgium, Switzerland and French-speaking countries in Africa), where meetings are held in French, there is a need for “small-talk” in French etc, there may be a need to know French for more practical things like talking to a taxi driver etc. We also receive occasional visits from delegations from other countries’ authorities where some of the participants have French as their mother tongue. It is in these cases a big plus that someone from the host country (i.e. me) speaks French. So, in summary, I have great benefit from knowing French in connection with my daily work. I will therefore continue with courses at Fransk kulturhus.

Alfred works for the public administration and has been taking collective courses for 2 years.

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