Where did the French language come from? Get the short answer in this cute animated video for children. For more detail, take a look at our 5-part series.*
After watching the video, scroll down to the transcript and click any word for the English translation and links to related grammar lessons.
Note: The tenses in this French article and its English translation don't match! In French, we use the present tense to describe historical stories like this to evoke a sense of immediacy, whereas in English, we commonly use the past tense - learn more about historical French tenses.
*The Development of French
- Birth of the French language
- Dialects and regional languages
- Middle French
- Classical French
- Modern French