By Frenchgirl - 16/09/2011 01:42 - United States
Add a comment - Reply to : #
je parle le français mais je ne parle pas bien:p. that's why I dropped it this year to take Latin :p I'm Canadian btw and even though the Quebec dialect is a bit different they can still understand most other dialects of French. so the guy you talked to probably didn't live there long or never tried to learn the language. also if you are in any grade higher than 7 most people should be able to speak a universal French seeing as how it's mandatory until grade 10 here.
Must be OP's new high school/college, but it sounds more like a high school situation. I digress. When I went to high school, the foreign kids were by far the coolest ones! And the same went for when I went to college. So I dunno what all those people's problems were, probably just Minnesota in general.
Depends on where you live. It was only manditory for me until grade 9, and I didn't start it until grade 4. It was predominantly grammar based until I got to grade 9, upon which I became terribly confused. I had never in my life heard French spoken so quickly or so often, and I had absolutely no clue what my teacher was saying, ever. Despite having excellent pronunciation and grammar, the listening aspect of the language frustrated me so much that I dropped French. These days, I can barely say more than, "Hello, my name is ________. What is your name? How old are you? I am 24 years old"... I know some isolated verbs and how to conjugate them (Etienne was my french teacher in grade 7, I did a lot of singing about how to conjugate)... But asking me to form sentences is out of the question.
I'm sorry and would like to apologize on behalf of my country for the immature assholes that are making fun of you. I would also like to take the time to thank you for speaking English as it is the language of the country and also thank you for not demanding to be taught in French . if only more immigrants would follow your example
3 - It's not that different. It's akin to Canadian English and British English. They can easily understand each other. I learned French my whole life and have lived in Québec. Standard French (France) is generally easier to understand because they speak slower and the accent is "cleaner". Québec French is older (missed a lot of the modernisation in France because of the distance and wars in North America). They also speaker faster and slur their words more. There is some vocabulary differences too due to aboriginal words and just different environment. Then you have Acadien French which is sometimes referred to as The King's French because it's even older and missed almost all of the modernisation/standardisation. For ex. you will sometimes hear "ils mangeont" instead of "ils mangent". It's cool learning the differences though.
This whole ''eh?'' and ''aboot'' thing is getting really old. We don't speak like that in Canada, nor do we live in igloos or woods cabins. And btw, there's a lot of people in Montréal who only speak english. Sometimes I just wish Americans would learn about the world instead of repeating the same lame jokes they heard on TV a decade ago... Oh and yeah, I'm French Canadian and I've never lived in Québec.
Canada is NOT English. Just because they can't speak the language as well as we can in Quebec, doesn't mean they don't learn it or can't speak it. They have a strong English accent. Get over it. Just because they aren't FORCED to speak it like we are, doesn't mean they can't.
And yes there are people in Montreal who only speak English. But I'm not gonna lie I think they're fucking idiots. All our signs are in French most of the people speak French, you have French classes from kindergarten to college so if you've lived in mtl your entire life and can't speak French, well then there's something wrong with you. A lot of the people who can't speak French haven't lived in mtl all their lives.
The northerners do the southerners live in log cabins and work as lumberjacks :p no accualy tho some of the stereotypes are true tho we are friendly and some of us do say eh alot also I'm neither French nor from Quebec mais je peu parle francais parceque cest partie de l'ecole dans l'ontario
ok... i' not crying or getting angry at all... I just want to get some things clear. In canada, people who live in the Western provinces speak english. without any accent. In Quebec, we don't speak an altered version of French. Actually, our "version" is closer to the old one... For everyone's information, France modified it's french a couple of decades ago. So you people from France speak the altered version. sorry to tell you. Next thing: we don't live in igloos nor wooden whatevers. we have real houses like you americans. Also : Yes our bacon is awesome and yes we (most of us) love to put maple syrup on everything BUT only in sugar shacks (restaurants where everything is about maple and meat). Otherwise, we don't put syrup on everything.
Yes, but it is taught in all Canadian schools, so everyone knows a little, and being from Montreal it is pretty rare for someone there not to speak French
actually being from Montreal myself, most of us do speak english .. it's to the point where the French are getting so angry that they're trying to make it more French like stupid laws that when you are working in a store you have to say bonjour first otherwise your store can get a ticket if you do it to an undercover person who works for the government. (:
Weren't the first Canadians French? So the first language in Canada was French? Now I don't know about this or not, but was the Canadian government created by French speakers? IMO, if that's the case, people should learn French if they're going to move there. Just like in America. If someone from another country is going to move here, learn fucking English. You can keep your culture and heritage and whatever and speak your native language at home, but in public learn fucking English instead of expecting us to translate everything into 27 different languages for you. If I moved to Germany for example, I wouldn't expect everyone there to know English or to have signs in English just for me. I'd learn German.
#123 - The first Canadians (not counting the First Nations) were French, but the British took over and tried to eliminate the French culture by encouraging the members of the 13 colonies (the US) to move to Canada. The British did this by taking away the rights of people in the colonies, until they got fed up and started a war of independence, becoming the United States of America. Some Americans, however, were still loyal to Britain, so they moved north to what is now Canada.
Then there's this stupid law; if you're an immigrant and you're under 16, you are FORCED to go to a French school. Screw this, if Canada was all "peace, freedom and equality", we wouldn't be forced to speak a specific language. Too bad if French disappears from Quebec, that's life, it'll disappear eventually anyway. The reality is; English is spoken everywhere, and those stupid Quebecers who refuse to learn it, too bad for them, they can't go out Quebec. I hate this.. FML.
Yeah, way to stereotype. We're not all like that. I've been to the south, and I've been in many northern states as well, and I find they're pretty well the same. Your experiences do not dictate everyone else's. Dis your own country all you want, but don't dis mine. We're nothing like you say, and where I live at least, it's about the same temperature as some middle states (i.e. Tennessee, Virginia, Kentucky). Apparently the States are too cold as well then!
Most of Canada speaks English unless u go more north u can use French
what were you thinking when you decided to come to school here, this is the USA we speak English or Spanish here. you should have gone to Canadia
Actually, the language in the USA is just English, not Spanish, that's from the immigrants. And obviously, you're not very good at speaking YOUR language, since it's Canada, not Canadia. Furthermore, she said her accent is very strong, not that she doesn't speak English at all. Don't you feel silly?
Some politicians have been trying to make English the official language forever but others don't want to "hurt people's feelings". We live in America. Our constitution is written in English. All our laws are written in English. Our government officials talk to us in English. If you're going to live here, learn fucking English.
It's tough living in a country whose national language is different than yours. I came to America knowing only "Hi", but within a year I was fluent. The key to that is avoiding people who speak your language, regardless of how isolated you feel. Communicating exclusively with people speaking the language you're trying to learn forces you to learn it faster. If you're too often around people you can speak French with, it'll be a tough road to fluency.