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Comment est née la langue française ?

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

  1. Birth of the French language
  2. Dialects and regional languages
  3. Middle French
  4. Classical French
  5. Modern French

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