It’s a lovely city, I’ve really enjoyed my time here, J’aime Montréal! I was so excited to come here for a bunch of reasons, but right up there was the ability to practice and learn French in a French-speaking province. Even though it can be stressful, immersion is really the best way to learn a language. But here’s the problem I am having…Montreal is a completely bilingual city.
Pretty much every person I attempt to speak with knows right off the bat I don’t really speak French and they switch to English. While I understand why they switch, it makes it really hard to practice! I don’t want to waste anyone’s time by muddling around in French trying to get my point across or understand theirs, but that’s how you learn.
Although here are a couple “exciting” conversations that have gone as planned:
me: “Avez- vous un lave-auto?” “Do you have a car wash?”
gas station clerk: “…Oui…” “…Yes…”
me: “MERCI!” “THANKS!”
me: ” je voudrais un cappuccino s’il vous plait” “I would like a cappuccino please”
coffee shop gal: ” est que tout?” “Is that all?” … this is my best guess at what is being said to me…
me: “oui, c’est tout” “Yes, that’s all”
Yes/ no questions are my specialty:)