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kavehl

Is It More Polite to Speak French When in Montreal?

by kavehl »

I'm just wondering if I'll have to rely on my high school French while there (which would be kind of fun and kind of painful). 

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phred

RE: Is It More Polite to Speak French When in Montreal?

by phred »

Everyone there speaks both languages, but it's a fun opportunity to dust off that French and see if you can still make it work.  And at certain restaurants you may get slightly better treatment if you're willing to make the effort.

Having said that, I once had a taxi driver who must have just gotten off the plane.  Not only did he not speak English so my French was necessary, he didnt' even know where Notre Dame was!  I had to direct him and then tell him to pull over because there was no way he was going to find my hotel.

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kringenwally

RE: Is It More Polite to Speak French When in Montreal?

by kringenwally »

Most people you come into contact with as a traveler speak English. If you want to practice your French, be aware that the French they speak in Montreal is very hard to understand even for someone who is fluent in French. Call it an accent or a dialect or whatever, it is sure different, even on the radio where they "tone it down" a bit. Tune into a Montreal radio station on the internet (via iTunes for example) and listen, you'll hear what I mean.

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Pauline Frommer

RE: Is It More Polite to Speak French When in Montreal?

by Pauline Frommer »

I was all prepared to speak French when I went, and everyone spoke to me in English! Must be my clothing style (sigh) but people could tell right away I was an anglophone on my last visit. Nobody will take it amiss if you try some of your rusty French though.

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ChinaDave2

RE: Is It More Polite to Speak French When in Montreal?

by ChinaDave2 »

Just remember the French Canadian accent is much different.  I speak a bit of French fr om living in France but had difficulty with the French in Quebec.   They are more friendly however if you can speak some French or try to.  If you have ever heard Cajun French for Louisiana you will understand.    We went to New Zealand which speaks English; however on the South Island their accent was so strong I had great difficulty in understanding them.  

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arion

RE: Is It More Polite to Speak French When in Montreal?

by arion »

Contrary to what Phred (above) says, not everyone in Montreal speaks English and not everyone wants to,  but in the parts of the city the average tourists will find themselves you will encounter bilingual Montrealers.  We are presently undergoing, for the umpteenth boring time, a movement from the current anti-Anglophone provincial government and its leader, Mme Marois, to marginalize even more the non-French sppeaking community.  It is all very tiresome and we live for the day the Madame's minority government falls and common sense prevails once more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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