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Suggestion: Quebecois French Course

I would love an addition to the English-French Course or vice versa that teaches the Quebecois dialects!

It should be a separate section added on to the existing courses.

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4 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/sebasm90
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I don't get why this has gotten so much downvotes, but I'd definitely love this.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDragonRises

I don't see it either. What's wrong with wanting to learn a dialect? It's no different than wanting to learn Esperanto or Klingon...

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https://www.duolingo.com/sebasm90
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Not only that, Québec french has enough differences with European French to make it quite hard for a european french speaker to understand a Québecois, but it's still a fun way of speaking. (I learned Québecois before learning European French)

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/rspreng

Here's a little info on the 'climate' of new languages on Duo. Suggestions for new languages have abounded here for over a year and many people get tired of hearing about them. Just about every language on the the planet has already been suggested, most numerous times. Also:

  1. Just because someone likes the idea does not mean Duo can make money at it.
  2. When most people make a request or suggestion they do not say say "It should be . . . . "
  3. Check out the incubator and see if it a way to add your language of choice.
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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/TheDragonRises

Three things

Number one: It's not a language, it's a dialect. Number two: Who cares about money? Number three: No one cares about how I phrase a suggestion

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https://www.duolingo.com/dudly
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Number one -- not a dialect.

edit: sorry, knee-jerk reaction. In French, the way of understanding dialects is a bit different, I guess. We consider Quebec French a variety of French, not a dialect of it.

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https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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I'd call it an accent.

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I think everyone who wants to have something to eat by the end of the month cares a bit about money... That includes the employees of Duolingo.

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Reply4 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/olimo
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I think that Duolingo courses are so basic that dialects don't really come into play. You learn basic French and then build on it by reading, listening and talking to people. If you live in Quebec, you'll eventually pick up the Quebecois dialect.

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https://www.duolingo.com/Hohenems
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The only Quebecois words you would need to know if visiting Quebec:

  • dép = dépanneur = corner store/convenience store (where you can also buy beer/wine...unlike other parts of Canada)
  • Poutine = Fries topped with gravy and curd cheese (must squeak when you bite it)
  • SAQ = pronounced like the word "sac" meaning "bag"; stands for Société des alcools du Québec; they sell all your alcoholic beverage needs; also pronounced the same way by anglos
  • steamie = a steamed hot dog, usually $0.50/each at "La Belle Province" (familiarly called "La Belle's" in English; price might be off, I haven't been there in a long time)
  • Habs = short for "Les Habitants"; the nickname for the Montreal Canadiens (NHL hockey team); commonly heard in the chant "Go Habs Go!"
  • smoke = cigarette(s)
  • char = car (I've rarely heard "auto" used except by mechanics and people making the extra effort to speak "France" french)
  • gaz = equally used as "essence"; meaning gas for your car (I don't think "gaz" is used that way in France); keep your eyes peeled for the "Gaz-O-Bar"

That should be a good starter for a Quebec vacation, or at least a night out in Montreal.
I'd suggest looking up Quebec t.v. shows on youtube. I don't support the idea of learning dialects here, as much as I'd like to learn some Austrian terms/expressions.

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https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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They could be a bonus lesson, just like the idioms one.

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https://www.duolingo.com/BastouXII
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Hehehe! There are really nice ones there!

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