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View Poll Results: How good is your French?
Je suis francophone / complètement bilingue 4 14.29%
Je peux me débrouiller en France / Québec / Acadie et tenir une conversation sur n'importe quoi sans un dictionnaire 2 7.14%
My French is a bit rusty but I can still understand most of what people say on French TV and on product labels 5 17.86%
I took a few years of French in high school / middle school 10 35.71%
I don't speak French or only know several words 7 25.00%
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Old 01-03-2013, 05:07 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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How good is your French?

Now in North America (the U.S. and Canada), the threshold for what counts as "bilingual" is very low. So I wanted to state precisely what I mean by "yes I speak French".

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Old 01-04-2013, 06:06 AM
 
Location: Oakville, ON
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It's atrocious. I took it in school, but skipped most of my classes.
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Old 01-04-2013, 08:40 AM
 
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Why do you define North America as "the US and Canada"?
If you don't want to include Mexico and other NA countries, simply say US and Canada, instead of using the term "North America" so loosely, particularly when Mexico has a much larger population 3.5 times of Canada's.

Plus, in the US, Spanish is more relevant while French is basically useless.
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Old 01-05-2013, 04:22 PM
 
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Fluently bilingual. Now living in England though, so the only one I can regularly speak French to is my cat.
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Old 01-06-2013, 03:22 AM
 
Location: Alberta, Canada
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I was fluently bilingual at one time--heck, I made it through France a few times when I was in my early 20s. And I've never had a problem in Montreal (though a few cracks have been made about my accent).

Nowadays? Well, I can read and understand the language, but there are few opportunities in my location to speak it. Still, a Francophone friend and his wife (both of whom are fluent in English) entertain my attempts to speak with them in their native language. They are patient and we manage.
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Old 01-06-2013, 04:26 PM
 
Location: Vancouver, B.C., Canada
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My old Grade 4-5 French teacher was from Quebec and a diehard Nordiques fan.... So he did not teach international French.

He did agree the Maple Leafs sucked before it became popular to bash them on the west coast... So he was all right teaching us Vancouver Canuck fans

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Old 01-06-2013, 08:21 PM
 
Location: Toronto
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I only know a few words, but would like to learn the language it comes in handy when I go to Montreal
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Old 01-06-2013, 10:44 PM
 
Location: California
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J'ai visité à Montréal en été 2010, et au début il était difficile de comprendre les gens avec des accents québécois très forts.
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Old 01-07-2013, 08:38 AM
 
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As an Anglo living in Montreal i used to think i was fairly bilingual but being retired for 5 years now my French must be getting rusty as carrying on a phone conversation in French with a lady at the Regie de L'assurance maladie Quebec the other day after 5 minutes she asked if i'd prefer to do the conversation in English
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Old 01-08-2013, 11:08 PM
 
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I dont know much,just a few words


Ah man!!
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