Can You Name 32 Nations and Authorities…

… where French is one official language, even the only one?

oif.jpg

If you thought that French was the language of France exclusively, you will have to reconsider. There is also:

  • Belgium
  • Switzerland
  • Canada
  • the tiny but immensely rich Monaco and Luxembourg
  • Bénin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Centrafrique, Chad, Comores, Congo, DRC, Ivory Coast, Djibouti, Gabon, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Seychelles, Togo
  • Haiti in the West Indies
  • and even Vanuatu in the Pacific Ocean.

Because provincial governments (the French-speaking Wallon Community in Belgium, Quebec and New-Brunswick in Canada) are also full-fledged members of OIF, the total number is correct.

But French is also considered as a ‘shared language’ in another 23 countries of the world, which brings the general total of OIF’s members to 55.

These include countries like Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam in South-East Asia, Marocco and Tunisia in Northern Africa, Egypt, Lebanon, etc.

The source is the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie (OIF in short). Its present, very active, Secretary General is Mr. Abdou Diouf. Students interested in exercising their skills in translation and/or interpreting can find his beautifully-written speeches here. The map is also taken from their website and can be downloaded as a pdf.

As I was navigating the site, I found that OIF has a fund that can offer grants to NGOs mainly, to cover some of the costs of translation/interpretation in the field of francophony.

About these ads

Tags: , , ,

4 Responses to “Can You Name 32 Nations and Authorities…”

  1. The Loss of Languages « “la parole exportée” Says:

    […] The Loss of Languages I came across this excellent article this morning, the Featured Story of the Natural History Magazine. It reminded me of the research I did for a previous post on Francophony. […]

  2. “la parole exportée” » Blog Archive » The Loss of Languages Says:

    […] I came across this excellent article this morning, the Featured Story of the Natural History Magazine. It reminded me of the research I did for a previous post on Francophony. […]

  3. parole Says:

    Make it You, for it?Choose useful and, (RCTV) y sustituido.A person of, Know Before Buying.To become typical parole, tax years: rush the best.Your If you, check the alignment.,

  4. Ex-offender Jobs (@adogzheart) Says:

    http://www.youtube.com/user/adogzheart#p/u/1/vSbuOpTkyVU

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s


Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: