Learning French as a Foreign Language

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History of France: Although the history of human habitation in France goes back to the Palaeolithic period, ‘the traditional date for the’ founding of the first city in France ‘is 600 BCE’. The Ionian Greeks from Phocaea founded the colony of Massilia (Marseille) on the Mediterranean coast, thus making it the oldest city in France.1

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On Learning French as a Foreign LanguageHistory of FranceAlthough the history of human habitation in France goes back to the Palaeolithic period, the traditional date for the founding of the first city in France is 600 BCE. The Ionian Greeks from Phocaea founded the colony of Massilia (Marseille) on the Mediterranean coast, thus making it the oldest city in France.1The concept of Gaul emerged about two hundred years later and the borders of present-day France are similar to those of Gallic France. The Gauls were then a powerful people and around 390 BCE defeated the Romans and besieged Rome itself. In time, however, Gaul was occupied by Rome and became a Roman province. In 52 BCE, Julius Caesar defeated the Gallic chieftain Vercingetorix and completed the Roman conquest of Gaul.The name of France is derived from the Latin Francia which means country of the Franks. The West Germanic tribe, the Franks entered France around the 5th century during the Vlkerwanderung of the Germanic tribes which took place in Europe from c. 400 to 800 CE.2 The Frankish empire reached its greatest extent by the early 9th century.3 Throughout the Middle Ages France remained more a collection of small kingdoms and duchies. The concept of a nation emerged around the 15th century and under Louis XIII the centralisation of power began and the French dominance in Europe.4 Over the last 500 years, France has been a major political an

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