"Welcome to French at Emory", a video message by Lilia Coropceanu
French belongs to the Romance group of the Italic subfamily of the Indo-European family of languages. It is spoken as a first language by more than 70 million people. French is a descendant of the vernacular Latin of the Roman Empire. Although modern French inherited several hundred words of Celtic origin and several hundred more from Germanic Franks, it owes its structure and the greater part of its vocabulary to Latin.