William D. Jones MD received his medical degree from Brown University in 1992 and later moved to Oklahoma City, OK, to establish his private practice after finishing his residency. With more than two decades of clinical experience, he has served in numerous institutions, including medical director of the department of occupational medicine at Norman Regional Hospital in Norman, OK. A well-rounded individual, William D. Jones MD speaks French and has used it conversationally on trips abroad.
Those who took French seriously in school can testify to the numerous benefits associated with learning the language. It opens up opportunities to communicate well with nearly 200 million Francophones worldwide. The French language is not only spoken in France, but also in countries such as Canada, South Africa, Belgium, and Switzerland, so a working knowledge of the language can make communicating in these places much easier. Moreover, French is considered to be a stepping stone to learning other Romance languages – including Spanish and Italian – as they have numerous similarities in grammar and vocabulary.
English speakers may not be aware of it, but there are actually a significant amount of similarities between their native tongue and French. This link can be traced to the 11th century when Norman conquerors gained control of England. Consequently, Anglo-Norman French was spoken in England through the 15th century, resulting in numerous terms that are similar in both languages.