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by Estifanos (age 6), of California, U.S.A.

I was looking through “The Travel Book,” and I wondered how many countries I could visit, if I only knew how to speak French, because I’m studying French on Rosetta Stone.  I counted 34 different countries.

Things that I would really like to go do and see, if I could only go to places where people speak French, are:

  • Eat a hundred pieces of chocolate in Belgium;
  • Watch a football (soccer) game in Burundi;
  • Learn Congolese traditional dancing and drumming in the Republic of Congo;
  • Stand on the “Bridge of Lava,” which is the thinnest part of the Earth’s crust, in Djibouti;
  • See fire dancers at a traditional Bwiti initiation ceremony, in Gabon;
  • Hunt for sleeping chameleons in the trees, at night, in Madagascar;
  • Swim in a natural swimming pool after a lobster lunch on Ile des Pins, in New Caledonia;
  • Go cross-country skiing in the Alps, in Switzerland;
  • Hike through cocoa and coffee plantations, in Togo; and
  • Swim through an underwater world of sunken ships, caves, and coral reefs, in Vanuatu.

The countries that have French as an official language are:

In North America:  Canada

In South America:  French Guiana

In the Atlantic Ocean:  Guadeloupe, Haiti, Martinique

In Europe:  Belgium, France, Luxembourg, Monaco, Switzerland

In Africa:  Benin, Burkina Faso, Burundi, Cameroon, Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Guinea, Mali, Niger, Rwanda, Senegal, Togo

In the Indian Ocean:  Comoros & Mayotte, Madagascar, Seychelles

In the Pacific Ocean:  New Caledonia, Tahiti & French Polynesia, Vanuatu