Using le, la, les with titles, languages and academic subjects (definite articles)

Look at these examples:

La science est...Science is...

Le français est.. French is...

Le président Mitterrand est...President Mitterrand is...

Nous étudions la géographie.We study geography.
 

Unlike in English, definite articles (le,la,l',les) are used with titles, languages & academic subjects in French.

BUT

Only in the phrase "parler + [language]" can you use both forms, with or without le.

Il parle portugais.  /  Il parle le portugais.He speaks Portuguese.

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La science est...Science is...
Il parle portugais.  /  Il parle le portugais.He speaks Portuguese.
Le français est.. French is...
Nous étudions la géographie.We study geography.
Le président Mitterrand est...President Mitterrand is...
J'adore le français.I love French.
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