The whole world seems to speak English now days and almost anywhere you go you will hear it spoken freely. It is certainly the major language of commerce and business, and remains the main laguage in trade negotiations.
Yet, no one would dare try to claim that it is the world's most spoken language. Chinese has the distinction of that title, with 2.5 - 3 times more speakers than that of the next language - English. Spanish and Hindi are about half of English and about half those numbers speak French. However, in terms of world importance, English is still first with French not too far behind. It is definitely a language worth learning.
The French are very aware of the long-term influence that language can play on its learners. The French aggressively promote their language all over the world because they recognize that language influences culture and society.
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