My service-learning placement was key to overcoming my fear of speaking French to native speakers. When you have to figure out how to explain the concept of subtraction to an 8 year-old, the French just starts coming out.
Population: approximately 2.1 million, 10.5 including suburban areas
Paris is the capital of France and the country's largest city. It is situated on the River Seine, in northern France.
Paris is one of the world's leading business and cultural centers, and its influence in politics, entertainment, media, fashion, science and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world's major global cities, also making it an attractive and exciting city to explore and study. According to 2005 estimates, the Paris urban area is Europe's biggest city economy, and is fifth in the world's list of cities by the GDP.
Paris is one of the most popular tourist destinations in the world, with over 30 million foreign visitors per year. There are numerous iconic landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe, among its many attractions. Paris is also known for its historical districts and popular parks.