Post by Kassandra and Ali, Information Services Staff.
French Language Day is a part of the United Nations Language Days which were introduced in 2010. It is observed annually on March 20th. This date commemorates the establishment of the International Organization of La Francophonie on March 20th, 1970.
French Language Day seeks to celebrate multilingualism and cultural diversity. This day recognizes the potential of languages and cultures to unite people and create spaces of solidarity and understanding. French is one of six official languages celebrated by the UN. The other five are, Arabic, Chinese, English, Russian, and Spanish.
According to the U.N, French is the 5th most spoken language in the world and It has over 300 million speakers.
If you are interested, you can learn more about French Language Day.
Ways to Celebrate French Language Day
Learning French For Children
Books and Kits
- First Hundred Words in French | Heather Amery
- Play and Learn French | Ana Lomba
- LEGO City, Mon Grand-Imagier Francais-Anglais | Joseph Stewart
- Mon Livre Illustre Bilingue | Isabelle Montagnier
- New Bilingual Visual Dictionary English-French | Sedat Turhan
- First Words: French | Andy Mansfield
Learning French For Adults
Language Learning Books
Borrow books and kits to help you learn French:
- French [Kit] | Pimsleur
- Elisabethe Smith’s Rush-Hour French | Elisabeth Smith
- Berlitz Rush Hour French | Howard Beckerman
- 15-minute French: Learn in Just 12 Weeks | Caroline Lemoine
- Complete Language Pack French | Dorling Kindersley
- French Phrasebook & CD | Lonely Planet
- French On The Go | Anne Heminway
- French For Your Trip | Berlitz Publishing
- Les Bons Mots : How to Amaze Tout Le Monde With Everyday French | Eugene Ehrlich
Learn French with self-directed lessons, videos and more. You can create a free account to track your progress. Access with your library card!
French Language Collection
Did you know that KPL has an extensive collection of books written in French? Visit the Central library to explore the Adult and Children’s French collections. In the meantime, browse some of our new French adult fiction:
- Génération sandwich: roman | Hélène Koscielniak
- Diane Demande un Recomptage: roman | Marie-Renée Lavoie
- Cupidon a des ailes en carton | Raphaëlle Giordano
- Fils cherche père, si affinités | Maxime Landry
- La sentence de l’Allemand | Marylène Pion
- Le sommeil des loutres | Marie-Christine Chartier
Books by French Canadian Authors
- Les Ecrivements | Matthieu Simard
- La Reine De Miel | Simon Paradis
- The Story of French | Jean Benoit Nadeau
- When The World Spoke French | Marc Fumaroli
- La Mesure Du Temps | Jean Boisjoli
- Mademoiselle Samedi Soir | Heather O’Neill
- La Route Du Lilas | Eric Dupont
- Le Livre De Judith | Mylene Gilbert Dumas
- Le Revenant | Richard Gougeon
- Fils Cherche Pere, Si Affinites | Maxime Landry
- Eleonore Une Femme De Coeur | Louis Tremblay
- Blanc Resine | Audree Wilhelmy
Download and read e-Books and magazines (and audiobooks and some films) with Download Library! To find material written in French, make sure to click “advanced search” and limit the language to French. Content is available on your phone, tablet, or computer using Overdrive, Download Library, or the Libby app.
Read newspapers and magazines from all over the world using Pressreader. To find content written in French use the dropdown menu option and under languages, select French.
WATCH AND LISTEN
Movies in the French Language
- Our Loved Ones |Anne Emond
- A bag of marbles | Christian Duguay
- Timbuktu | Abderrahmane Sissako
- Far From Men | David Oelhoffen
- The Guardians | Xavier Beauvois
- The Past | Asghar Farhadi
- Incendies | Denis Villeneuve
- Let The Sunshine In | Claire Denis
- A Women’s Life | Stephane Brize
- Felix & Meira | Maxime Giroux
National Film Board
The National Film Board (NFB) produces and distributes Canadian films in English and French. The library has access to over 2,500 films through our CAMPUS subscription. CAMPUS titles can only be accessed from within the library. All other NFB titles can be accessed both inside and outside the library.
Listen and Watch on Hoopla
Borrow free digital movies, television shows, music and audiobooks with your library card. You may borrow up to 4 items per month. To watch or listen to audiobooks in French make sure to advance search and select “French” under language!