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French and German

French is a Romance language of the Indo-European family. It is the official language of more than 20 countries including France, Canada, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium and African countries, namely Madagascar, Cameroon and Chad. International and regional organizations, say the United Nations, European Union, International Olympic Committee, WTO, OECD and FIFA use French as one of their official languages. English words such as “souffle”, “croissant” and “cafe” are of French origin.

German is a Germanic language of the Indo-European family. It is the official language of Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Belgium, and Liechtenstein. It is also the official language of the European Union and FIFA. English has German loanwords such as “kindergarten”, “angst” and “sauerkraut”.

Interested users could go to the Language Learning Centre of the Hong Kong Central Library to find out more about French and German.

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