French Canadian Speakers
Are there any French Canadian speakers here? How do the French and French Canadian languages differ? Thanks! I would love to hear from you!
I am an American and a native English speaker, but here are your answers:
Yes, there are probably some French Canadian speakers who use Duolingo.
Well, they differ in plenty of ways. Benny Lewis of Fluent in 3 Months has a blog post about it: (http://www.fluentin3months.com/quebecois/)
Wow there is a big difference! Thanks for the blog post! Very interesting! I just came back from Paris and was told they could hardly understand the French Canadians and I wanted to know if this was true!
I am taking a conversational course from a Québecoise, She says that proper French is understood everywhere in the Francophonie. Any major difficulties probably stem from regional accents: think Alabama vs Cockney .
You are so lucky! Where did you find this woman? I will be going to Quebec City soon. Any chance of a conversational class there?
She teaches a course in my town. Since I am Canadian these courses are usually not too far away. I imagine you will find classes in Québec, certainly it is the most francophone of our cities
Canadian French is very different from Paris French as it did not change very much. The French Language changed a lot in France after the Revolution in the late 1700's. Canada was already settled, and did not have a revolution. So the French spoken in Quebec is in many ways similar to pre-revolution French. Today, there are two levels of French in Canada - "International French" and Québecois/Joual. International French is what you will see on TV and in the media, but Québecois is what people speak. Because of close proximity to Canada, we often adopt English words Like "Parker" for "to park a car" or "le ticket" for "billet". The odd thing is that schools in English Canada teach International French so people from the English speaking areas often have trouble understanding the French speakers.