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Canadian French

So currently I live in the US and only speak English (level 6 at the moment in French) but I am planning on moving to Canada in a few years, so I thought I should learn French. What are some things that are different between the French taught on here and Canadian French? Is there any useful tools either on here or on another site that can help me learn their lingo, or is it better to simply learn through immersion?

2 years ago

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https://www.duolingo.com/Andrealphus
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Quebecois and Parisian French aren't like MSA and Palestinian Arabic. They are perfectly mutually understandable. You just may run into some accent issues and grammar preference differences.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/Robloxian_Kitten

Come on down to Canada! We'd love to have you!

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/finndj
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Canadian French and Parisian French are mutually intelligible. Canadian French has some different words and slang, and a different accent, but you will be fine! For counting, they use words such as "septante" and "octante" instead of "soixante-dix" and "quatre-vingt." It is kind of like a hybrid between French, old French and English.

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/buenotc
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I think the older septante and octante is a bit more natural to use. Using quatre vingt etc seems a bit counter intuitive. Yes, i know i must accept the language how it is...but still.........

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/purple_moon11

So it's just like the difference between US English and British English? Thought so.

2 years ago

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Not quite. There are more words that are different. I am not sure on Canadian French spelling, but instead of saying "Je vais garer la voiture," they say "Je vais parker l'auto," with a z like sound for the "t."

2 years ago

https://www.duolingo.com/AnthonyMan200

I bet they're similar. If you spoke what you know, I'm sure they'd understand. It's like Spanish spanish and Latin American spanish. Plus, in Canada they mostly speak English (except for in the Montreal areal)

2 years ago
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