A language is more than a bunch of words and rules for how to put those words together; it is another world. Speaking French gives you access to the world of over 75 million native speakers in France, Belgium and Luxembourg, and 263 million people around the rest of the world who speak it as a second language – most of them in West Africa.
French is considered one of the easiest languages for a native English speaker to learn. The grammar and sentence structure is different from English but simpler. Because both languages have Latin roots, they also share thousands of cognates – words that sound the same and have the same meanings.