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Canadian French Translation Please?

Hi! I'm working on a project in Quebec and I want to know how to say 'Hello! So you're interested in going to Quebec?' in Canadian French. I tried translate but it disagrees with french grammar rules. Can someone tell me the translation?

August 27, 2018

21 Comments


https://www.duolingo.com/profile/Nokurkan

Hello~ ! I'm a native French speaker from Belgium but I think I can give you an answer.

This sentence wouldn't actually differ much in Canadian French. The only thing I'd add is the "formal-informal" form they use when asking something informally to someone they don't really know, I've heard it quite a few times. What they do is double the pronoun "tu" to place it before and after the verb.

• Formal (CA and FR) French : "Bonjour! Alors vous êtes intéressé d'aller au Québec?"

• Informal French : "Salut! Alors tu es (or t'es) intéressé d'aller au Québec?"

Informal Canadian French : "Salut! Alors tu es-tu (or t'es-tu) intéressé d'aller au Québec?"

Note that the first tu can be shortened into t', it will sound even less formal, it's very common in formal speech, in any French speaking region.

August 27, 2018

https://www.duolingo.com/profile/thegreatwalle

Sorry to be pedantic but this use of intéressé is not technically correct, if one is to refer to "formal" French. https://www.projet-voltaire.fr/regles-orthographe/il-est-interesse-de-venir-ou-cela-l-interesse-de-venir/ It would need to be reworded as "cela vous intéresse d'aller...".

August 28, 2018

[deactivated user]

    Comme en italien avec piacere, oui

    August 30, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeCrioxRouge13

    I have a question. When do you preposition in front of an infinitive verb like "aller"?

    August 28, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

    The "d'" is not about "aller." Some verbs need a preposition to complete their meaning. In the sentences above the "de" goes with "intéressé."

    August 28, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeCrioxRouge13

    Thank you for the explanation. Do you have a list of them?

    August 28, 2018

    https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

    No. I don't even know them that well. I am in the process of learning them myself. I think you could google them.

    August 28, 2018

    [deactivated user]

      The best 100% complete list is the verb book le Bescherelle.

      August 28, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

      Thanks. I see the prepositions in the index of my Bescherelle Conjugations book.

      August 28, 2018

      https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeCrioxRouge13

      Thank you for the recommended book!

      August 28, 2018

      [deactivated user]

        Finally, after mentioning the Bescherelle for months here 3 people in the past 3 days can enjoy learning from it. It is an invaluable book. I know it's not the kind of book you sit and read for an hour for fun, like a novel. But when you need it, you need it, like an electrician, mechanic or plumber, there is just no substitute for it.

        August 30, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

        "Je viens de ..." is a real common one. It means "I just ..." "Je viens de trouver mon chat." = "I just found my cat."

        August 28, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/LeCrioxRouge13

        OK. Thanks for the information.

        August 28, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/JuBlife

        I'm a Canadian French speaker. If you speak to an adult, you should be more polite so you should say: Bonjour! Alors vous êtes intéressé d'aller (au or à) Québec? (Au= The province À= The city)

        If you're speaking to a teen, a kid or a friend (informal): Salut! Alors t'es intéressé d'aller (au or à) Québec? If you say ''t'es-tu'' instead of ''t'es'' it sounds REALLY informal. We use it a lot but in a project, it would sound weird. But yes, we are using it a lot in CA french even if it's grammatically incorrect.

        August 28, 2018

        https://www.duolingo.com/profile/wcjerky

        This is a good synopsis of the Canadian French dialect, except I would add that each concentration of the French population has their own preferences. e.g. the prevalence of 'on' vs. 'nous'

        August 29, 2018

        [deactivated user]

          90% of French people in every country use On. Nous is reserved either to show class, prestige or one's level of education.

          August 30, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/MaryAnne993219

          You may be interested in a French Canadian word I learned in an online course. It's pretty cute.

          https://forum.duolingo.com/comment/28363759

          August 28, 2018

          https://www.duolingo.com/profile/TheWriter75

          Thank you guys! This was really helpful!

          August 30, 2018
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