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French is the world's 'second favourite language to learn'
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French is the world's 'second favourite language to learn'

Oliver Gee · 10 May 2016, 16:31

Published: 10 May 2016 16:31 GMT+02:00

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French is second-most popular language to learn in the world, at least according to the 120 million users of language learning app Duolingo.

The figures come from a study into three months' worth of user data across the 194 countries in which the app is used. 
English was by far the preferred language of choice, topping the charts in a full 116 countries (see map below). 
French was second, proving to be the top choice in 35 countries (shown in blue below). Australia and Canada, as well as parts of southern and eastern Africa were among these countries. 
Interestingly, the Brits preferred Spanish over French as a first choice. The Americans, meanwhile, also preferred Spanish as a first choice, followed by English in third.
The French language topped the tables when it came to people's second choice of language, featuring as number two in a whopping 77 countries. In other words, while most Duolingo users subscribe to learn English, the majority who use it to learn an additional language will choose French. 
As the map below shows, Mexico, India, New Zealand, and much of Asia are among these countries, as well as large swathes of the northern half of Africa.
In total, 11 percent of all Duolingo users in the world choose to study French. 
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Countries that were overwhelmingly popular for French learners were Nigeria and Sierra Leone in western Africa. Canada, Australia, and India were also popular (see map below). 
People in France, meanwhile, were most likely to be learning English, followed by Spanish. 

Learning French yourself? Why not download Duolingo, or indeed any of these apps we listed among the best for improving your francais.

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