This could have been a funny teaching story except for the fact I have no idea how to interpret it.
In class we started talking about the most widely spoken languages in the world.
“So which country has the largest population?” I asked as a way of getting students to name the language of that country.
“France!” many of them responded.
Does anybody have an explanation of why, of all possible places, they mentioned France? Is there some reason people would associate France and not, say, Germany or Italy (let alone China) with having such a huge population?