Parlez-vous Francais?

Saturday, March 20th is United Nations French Language Day. The event was established by the UN in 2010 to celebrate multilingualism as well as to promote equal use of all six official UN languages.

French was often heard on the streets of pioneer Grand Rapids – and its linguistic influence lasted much longer in nearby Muskegon. Now, Michiganders seldom hear the language unless listening to French and French-Canadian movies, news, or sports. But the French language is spoken by over 275 million people worldwide.

To celebrate the day, the UN Chamber Music Society offers a free Virtual French Concert at 9:00 AM EST on Saturday morning.

For more French language resources, try a Library Catalog search for an author, title, subject or keyword, and then [Modify Search] by limiting to the French language.

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