Now that is interesting I've been in Vancouver almost 2 years ago for the first time. Just an amazing city. I was blown for sure. And for the records, WA state is on my top 5 in the USA. The only problem around is, guess what, the rain! I come from an ultra wet region in France. Last winter, it was almost rainy across the season. I can't stand the rain anymore For my own good I gave myself a shot in Winnipeg last winter. Man THAT was cold! That's being said, one can safely bet I will spend some in BC in the future.
Time will tell I guess. I truly love Montreal, just like Toronto and Vancouver.
LTU932 From Germany, joined Jan 2006, 13937 posts, RR: 49
Reply 4, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3105 times:
Good luck trying to speak French in Canada. From what I've heard rom other francophone Canadians is that they tend to speak a slightly different kind of French, one that tends to cause irritation when spoken in France.
WCS From Canada, joined Apr 2007, 255 posts, RR: 15
Reply 5, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 10 hours ago) and read 3100 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4): Good luck trying to speak French in Canada
It's truly not a matter of chance. The gap is obvious, but I have no problem whatsoever speaking French here in Montreal or anywhere in Quebec. It's true that we don't share accent neither wild expressions or bad words in general. One has to understand that it's basically the same in France between North and South. The gap is obviously larger between France and Quebec.
One thing that still amazed me is the way fellow in Quebec could switch between French and English seamlessly during a conversation. These people are truly bilingual. Now maybe that's the reason why some guys in France feel some irritation
Connies4ever From Canada, joined Feb 2006, 4066 posts, RR: 14
Reply 7, posted (5 years 5 months 4 weeks 2 hours ago) and read 3020 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4): Good luck trying to speak French in Canada. From what I've heard rom other francophone Canadians is that they tend to speak a slightly different kind of French, one that tends to cause irritation when spoken in France. Wink
Go to Acadia (basically eastern & northern New Brunswick/Nouveau Brunswick) .. they proudly speak 'real' French there, not the joual patois du Quebec. Not that I mind that, either.
N1120A From United States of America, joined Dec 2003, 27355 posts, RR: 74
Reply 9, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 18 hours ago) and read 2949 times:
Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4): Good luck trying to speak French in Canada. From what I've heard rom other francophone Canadians is that they tend to speak a slightly different kind of French, one that tends to cause irritation when spoken in France.
Its not so different that mutual comprehension is impossible. Certainly not like Deutsch and Schweizerdeutsch. I speak "real" French and the biggest thing I noticed is that the Quebecois speak more slowly and in that O-Key player rhythm.
Mangeons les French fries, mais surtout pratiquons avec fierte le French kiss
ManuCH From Switzerland, joined Jun 2005, 3020 posts, RR: 46
Reply 11, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 16 hours ago) and read 2918 times:
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Quoting LTU932 (Reply 4): Good luck trying to speak French in Canada.
One part I really loved of my vacation in Montreal was their French. I usually hate French (as spoken by French or Swiss people), but I felt really at ease in Quebec, because of the accent similarities their French shares with US English. They're less uptight and more relaxed if compared to "the original" on this side of the pond. It's only a bit hard to understand some things in the beginning, but you get used to it after a week or so.
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Thanks! Toronto is an amazing city. I was lucky enough to visit it some years ago and keep great memories flying from downtown airport to Ottowa (with Jazz at that time). I may raise some flags there, but I find Toronto somewhat similar to Vancouver as for urban layout. Have not idea as far mentalities and way of life are concerned, still
Quoting ManuCH (Reply 11): I usually hate French (as spoken by French or Swiss people),
Well, I feel very confortable with fellow swiss francophone members as a frequent ZRHmeet visitor
You are absolutetly right there but I still have some troubles with my brand new computer there. Granted, I'm an IT specialist but man, it's a pain in the neck to switch from French keyboard layout to an US one after years of 'fast typing' . The new one is not French Canadian, it is English/US. No accent whatsoever, om any key. Have to combine keys. argh ...
Airstud From United States of America, joined Nov 2000, 2913 posts, RR: 4
Reply 14, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 6 days 11 hours ago) and read 2844 times:
See, I spent about 10 minutes doing the "Insert symbol" thing (I use openoffice Write; not Micro$(# anythign) and I keep a little text file called "Accents" on my desktop at all times. Its entire contents are:
é ß ñ
á é í ó ú ý
à è ì ò ù
â ê î ô û
ä ë ï ö ü
Á É Ó Ú
æ ç ß ñ
å š ÿ
¢ ½ ¼ ¾
...that way when I need an accent I just double-click the file, find, cut and paste.
Vio From Canada, joined Feb 2004, 1507 posts, RR: 10
Reply 17, posted (5 years 5 months 3 weeks 5 days 12 hours ago) and read 2746 times:
Welcome to Canada! It's good to see fellow Europeans move here, especially from Western Europe. Montreal is a nice place, especially if you speak French. Personally I enjoy the warmer climate, such as Vancouver... so like someone else said... We'll be waiting for you
Hey, if you're ever in Vancouver though, send me a message. I'm glad to show a fellow A.netter the city... and maybe we'll go up for a spin in my plane (well... I'm not the owner, but I do get to fly it.... )
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