French was the official language in England
for about 300 years, starting in 1066. (William the Conqueror, the King, didn't speak English. He was from Normandy, in France
. Warring between cousins in France
went on for a long time.) The result is that about 60% of English nouns end up being derived from the French. A bunch of verbs, too. So between that and what you already know about latin languages from Spanish, French should not be too difficult. The best part is that the French give visitors huge credit for even trying to speak it, so it's a great way to break the ice and then let them show you how good their English might be.