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1. Posted by anglocelt (Full Member 5 posts) 10y

I will be travelling to Montreal early to mid next year for 6 months and was wondering if it would be worthwhile to pick up some French lessons there (As I'll be moving onto France after Canada and would like to arrive with at least a general ability to converse)

I've heard that the French spoken in Quebec is somewhat different to mainland Europe? Is it still useful?

2. Posted by pfeiffer (Full Member 211 posts) 10y

Quoting anglocelt

I will be travelling to Montreal early to mid next year for 6 months and was wondering if it would be worthwhile to pick up some French lessons there (As I'll be moving onto France after Canada and would like to arrive with at least a general ability to converse)

I've heard that the French spoken in Quebec is somewhat different to mainland Europe? Is it still useful?

And the English spoken there is also somewhat different. As to usefulness, it would certainly be more useful than English (of any kind).

I cannot give you an assessment of Canadian French, but similar questions come up among beginning German-language (and English-language) students. More important is the type of instruction, quality, etc. Find a school that you like and ask them this question. I imagine that they will tell you that they teach a fairly normative French and that as a beginner this won't make much difference for you.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 17, 2006 12:34 AM by pfeiffer ]

3. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 10y

The French spoken in Quebec and France is certainly different, but no more so that, say, the English spoken in the U.S. and England. The expressions can differ wildly, and adjusting your ear to accents can be a bit of a challenge to a novice, but the language is basically the same. Quebec French is my second language, and I was fine in France except when it came to certain expressions (I understood the words but not the meaning). But those were easy enough to clear up.

Montreal has plenty of language schools (Berlitz is the one I remember off the top of my head), and I'm sure there are courses offered in community centres all over the island. Learning the basics can only do you good!

4. Posted by china_cat (Budding Member 6 posts) 10y

Montreal French is fairly different from France.

but if you know english, the city of Montreal is completely bi-lingual anyway.

knowing a little french couldn't hurt though.

5. Posted by T_I_N_A20 (Budding Member 35 posts) 10y

The French will be somewhat different from France, although they have a lot of words that are the same. From my experience with the French people, the expressions will be really different.

I don't know much of the language school here in Montreal (As you can see, I live in Montreal) but I assume they'll teach you the universal French and some different expressions of Quebec and France, so it shouldn't be a problem for you.

It's better to know a little French, you'll get by easier than just English.

[ Edit: Edited at Sep 17, 2006 4:14 PM by T_I_N_A20 ]