Menu IconA vertical stack of three evenly spaced horizontal lines. To be sure, it’s a little heavy handed for a foreign government to be attempting to quasi-infiltrate another country’s education system. For English speakers, French is the easiest language to learn. Russian language for French children may have heard it’s Spanish.
In fact for several centuries French was the official language of the English court. And learning French makes learning Spanish way easier. If you’re reading this, we probably don’t need to spell out all the socioeconomic benefits that come with learning a second language. Since French and Spanish are the mutant step children of Latin, you can practically cut out a step if you ever decide to take up Spanish.
All over Europe, French is still the main second language taught in school. Forget about the Nordic countries, who’ve consciously abandoned their own languages for English — their languages were never important to begin with. When I lived in France, I found it impossible to communicate with the kids from Italy, China, Japan, and Mexico in anything other than French. Nor was English an option when I traveled to Poland and the Czech Republic. Here is how the French government defines what it calls “the sphere of French language.