Celebrating Bastille Day.

French is spoken by over 220 million people today on 5 continents. It is growing fast and is the second most studied language after English! In the US alone there are 1.6 million French speakers. Romance languages like French are descended from the Latin language ancient Romans used in their everyday interactions. The French Language is used as a common language, or lingua franca, in areas where there are multiple local languages. Today 50% of native French speakers live in Africa where the language is growing increasingly popular due to massive growth in population and education. French is currently the official language of 29 countries and the procedural language for the European Union, and one of the recognized working languages of the United Nations.

Bastille Day is celebrated on July 14th — it is in celebration of the day French Rebels stormed the Bastille prison and overtook it. The rebellion sparked the beginning of the French Revolution which brought the end of the monarchy in France. In 1880 France declared the day a national holiday. The holiday is celebrated today to commemorate the revolution and honor the French ideals of liberty, equality, and fraternity. It is celebrated in a similar fashion to the United States Independence Day Festivities, with fireworks and crowds of people eating and partying together.

Our French book collection!

Summer is a great time to show your kids how people all over the world live their lives. Caribu has a library that features over 200 books, in 6 languages including Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, and Spanish. Our Books are filled with pictures and many are multilingual, with English and other languages printed on the same page. This week introduce kids to the history surrounding the celebration of Bastille Day and indulge in some of our French reading collection. Bringing a new language into your home is the educational activity your kids need this summer. We have plenty of tips & tricks to introduce a second language to your child this summer.

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Written by Rachel Gambach: Intern @Caribu, editor & contributor for Caribu’s blog and student at UCF.

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