Used my Duolingo French in Québec :)
I've just returned from 4 days in French Canada. The people in Québec were so nice (and cheerfully patient). They would quickly figure out I am an English speaker, and would start speaking to me in English. I would immediately ask if we could speak French so I could practice, and got a lot of friendly smiles and lovely (but rudimentary on my part) conversations. What a wonderful experience, and what a treat to make a nice connection with the Québecois. I have a very long way to go, but I understood most of what I heard and could get myself understood, for the most part. I started on Duo on New Year's 2014, but had some French from my childhood, and have wanted to be able to converse in French for many years. I'm not even close yet, but I know I've really learned a lot and I feel so grateful and motivated to continue. I hope everyone gets a chance to speak with native speakers, it is amazing!
I'm very jealous of your opportunity to test out your french while in Québec! It was a trip to Québec City for the winter carnival that inspired me to learn French here on Duolingo. I'm glad to hear the Québecois were so receptive and willing to help you learn the language, now I can't wait to go back to try out what I've learned since starting!
C'est génial. L'année dernière après j'ai m'enseigné un peu de francais j'ai pris un demi de mes vacances en Québec; en Montréal en fait. Les québecois, comme vous dites, étaient très jolis et m'ont aidé à practiquer beaucoup. J'y ai tellement aimé que je vais y démènager dans quelques mois. : )
Bonne chance avec vos efforts de l'avenir!
I work in a hotel and I have the opportunity to speak french with groups of canadian tourists... Am I the only one who find the "canadian accent" quite difficult to understand? Maybe just because I am more accustomed to "french french"
It's exactly that reason--just as if you learn English in the US (including native speakers), accents from other parts of the English-speaking world can be difficult to understand.
After living in Quebec for so many years, I find the local accent very easy to understand--easier than the Parisian French most French courses use. (And of course, there's also the issue of local vocabulary. I am constantly missing Duo questions about breakfast, lunch, and dinner, because we use different words in Quebec--or rather, the word that means "lunch" in France means "breakfast" in Quebec; "dinner" in France is "lunch" in Quebec, and then for dinner we say souper.)
I spent a few months learning French in Quebec, and the accent was the herdest part of it for me. I am confident reading, writing, and speaking with a proper accent accent, grammar, and vocabulary, but I really struggled with understanding the accent, especially with so many of the young people speaking very quickly and using slang. I was lucky enough to get a teacher from France, and it was much easier for me to understand her.
It would be fine if I spoke with a Parisian, Quebecois, Acadian, Belgian or Swiss accent. However, it would be less than correct if I spoke with a Canadian English accent while speaking French.
Yes, but you're complaining about Quebecois people speaking French with a Quebecois accent.
Except that we do speak French with the proper accent in Quebec. We speak it with a Quebecois accent--which is the proper accent for French in Quebec.
The misunderstanding here is that I referred to me using a proper accent (i.e. not an Anglophone accent). The Quebecois accent is just as proper as the Parisian, it just happens to be more difficult for most Anglophones to understand.
I am glad you enjoyed your trip to Quebec. It is always whorted to make effort... people like that! Keep up the good work.
Very glad to hear you had conversations in French. I think everybody appreciates a non-native speaker's effort; and, I'm sure you did pretty well. I'm off for Paris and Bruges in a week and will try my hand at it again, though my hearing skills are not very comprehensive.
Bruges is actually in the Dutch speaking region of Belgium, so don't be surpised if people are not that fluent in French (some people, like me, tend to have a lot better knowledge of English than French).
Well you are level 18, way further than me! I doubt I could do that! Great job! I'm going to Canada in a month for a day...Maybe I can say "bonjour!" to somebody.
My boyfriend is from Quebec so while I'm using this website to help me learn, he's also helping me with grammar and more realistic practice. I want to go to Quebec so bad but I don't have my passport yet.. Anyways thats awesome to hear that they were so nice. I heard its harder to practice in France because they apparently 'judge' you so much. Ah stereotypes. Keep up the great work and I'm very jealous of you ;)
La prochaine fois que tu visiteras le Québec, passe faire un tour dans les boites à chansons. À Montréal, il y a Les Deux Pierrots et La Boite à Marius. À Québec, il y a La P'tite Grenouille, mais c'est beaucoup moins sympathique. Pour l'ambiance, c'est génial! :D Seriously, I love these kind of places (partly because clubbing music is not my thing, but these catchy songs are so fun to sing along to and it is a big part of our culture in Quebec, I'd say)
I'm very happy to see you enjoyed your stay! Bonne chance dans tes études, and if you want to practice your written French, hey, I can offer my help as a part-time penpal! :)
Yeah I agree that Quebecois are very nice.When I went to Quebec people spoke to me in English.Well, thats because I didn't know French and nither did my family!So,I was overjoyed that they spoke in English! Also, I only got to stay in quebec for 2 days!Not as much as you did!I had school! Well,Good luck Being able to converse in French!
Congratulations! I have had the same experiences in Montreal and vicinity...I marvel at the bilingual abilities of the population....they so easily switch from English to French mode. Keep it up....it gets easier and easier :)
Awesome story, I was in Quebec in January but didn't start Duolingo since a week ago. So I didn't know anything... D:
P.S. Great story! Take my Lingots! :D
I am very excited to hear that the Quebecois were friendly and patient with your French - I will be visiting soon and was slightly nervous about the attitude I would get for my attempts to speak French. Merci!