French Language Day

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 

LEARN  

Learning French For Children 

Books and Kits 

Learning French For Adults 

Language Learning Books 

Borrow books and kits to help you learn French: 

Pronunciator Database  

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Learn French with self-directed lessons, videos and more. You can create a free account to track your progress. Access with your library card! 

READ 

In-Person 

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: 

Books by French Canadian Authors 

Read Online 

Download Library 

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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.  

Pressreader 

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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 

National Film Board 

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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 

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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! 

Have questions?  

Call: 519-743-0271 | TTY: 1-877-614-4832 | Email: askkpl@kpl.org | Chat: kpl.org 

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