But be aware, just because someone is a native speaker does not mean they are a good teacher. The influence of the Germanic Frankish invaders is often held to account for exotic features in Old French , such as strong stress accent and abundant use of diphthongs and nasal vowels, but by the 15th century the language had begun to change, and a sober even monotonous intonation and loss of a stress accent became characteristic. Characteristics French phonology is characterized by great changes in the sounds of words as compared with their Latin parent forms as well as cognates in the other Romance languages. The popularity of French as a first foreign language, in spite of numerous pronunciation difficulties for nearly all foreign speakers, is perhaps as much the result of the precise codification of its grammar, effectuated especially during the 18th century, as of the brilliance of its literature at all periods.
According to the United States Census Bureau , French is the fourth  most-spoken language in the United States after English , Spanish , and Chinese , when all forms of French are considered together and all dialects of Chinese are similarly combined. This is because knowing another language creates another network of connections among your neurons. According to the report by the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie, an estimated million African people spread across 31 Francophone countries can speak French as either a first or a second language. The verb in French is conjugated for three persons, singular and plural, but again, although distinguished in spelling, several of these forms are pronounced identically. The Act applies to areas of the province where there are significant Francophone communities, namely Eastern Ontario and Northern Ontario.