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Falling «en amour» with Montreal: A guide to survival French

By Amelia Payne (Game Programming ’21)

Let’s get this straight right off the bat. You DO NOT need to speak French to study in Montreal. Canada is a bilingual country and most people speak both languages. I’ve yet to meet a single person who doesn’t speak flawless English. That said, learning a few French phrases is a great idea because it will enhance your experience. In Montreal, a little French will take you a long way. 

Montreal is an incredibly multicultural city. You’ll hear dozens of different languages being spoken on the streets

I decided to study French before coming to Montreal because I love learning languages but it is not necessary to do so. Once in Montreal, you can take Survival French or just survive without it. 

If you do decide to study in advance, the school has some great online resources. I especially like Mango languages. It has a course on Quebec French and a very laid back approach. You use your Champlain login to get free unlimited access to Mango. 

Montrealers are very laid back but they appreciate it when people make an effort to speak French. They won’t laugh at your American accent. Even if you immediately switch to English, starting a conversation with a few french words will be well received. 

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A Long Way From Ohio

By Emily Poltor; Theatre Production (Ohio Wesleyan University), ’17 In-text Photos by Dehjia Thompkins; Business Administration, ’18 I have baby-stepped toward my independence since I reached my teenage years. One shy and timid step dove me into the world of summer jobs at age fourteen. Another resistant step plunged me into the driving world when I got […]

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This is a City of Strangers

By Jana Pietrzyk, Professional Writing ‘16 This is a talking city. This is a city full of strangers. This is a beat city. This is a city full of words. This city is a space that holds us in its cupped hands. I feel it caressing my chest with its thumb; I feel it breathing on […]

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La Baleine Blanche: Moby Dick…en français!

By Emma Campbell The French language is a beautiful and captivating one. For those of us here in Canada, it is also a staple of Montreal living. Everywhere you go there’s a “bonjour” or a “merci,” which is why French 1 and Conversational French both count as COR credits. It’s a real part of the […]

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