Mastering French will take from you 575-600 hours or 23-24 weeks in a class according to FSI. Difficulty category for mastering it is evaluated 1 point.
Learning Croatian might seem like a overwhelming thing to do. FSI has concluded that it takes 1100 hours or 44 weeks in a class to learn the language. The difficulty point is 2.
You will most likely find people, who speaks French in France, Belgium, Switzerland, Luxembourg, Canada, Haiti, Martinique Guadeloupe, French colonies in Africa and in the islands in the Indian and Pacific Oceans, Algeria, Tunis, Morocco, Italy (Aosta Valley), French Polynesia, Gabon, Lebanon, New Caledonia, Réunion,Equatorial Guinea, Benin, Republic of the Congo,
Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti,Luxembourg,
Madagascar, Mauritius, Monaco, Tunisia, Andorra, Burundi, Central African Republic, Chad, Guadelupe, Mali, Martinique, Niger,
Rwanda, Seychelles, Burkina Faso, Cambodia, Cameroon,
Democratic Republic of the Congo,
French Guiana, Guinea.
Number of native speakers is about 66,000,000.
Number of fluent speakers is about 26,000,000. The biggest country in which French is used as a native language is France.
Native speakers of Croatian are mostly from Croatia and are about 4,800,000 people.
Croatian are spoken fluently by 5,500,000 people.
The language is spoken in Croatia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, Slovenia, Australia, U.S., Canada.
French came from Romance branch of the Indo-European language family.
South Slavic group of the Slavic branch of the Indo-European language family is the origin of Croatian language.