1. Between 6 and 11 million Americans speak French, as does half the population of Algeria, and 15 percent of Israelis.
2. It is the mother tongue of 75 million people worldwide, although many more speak it as a second language.
Spanish Fun Facts
1. With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. It is slightly ahead of English (328 million) but far behind Chinese (1.2 billion).
2. Spanish is sometimes called Español and sometimes Castellano (the Spanish equivalent of "Castilian")