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Old 06-30-2013, 09:41 PM
pdw
 
Location: Ontario, Canada
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It's not a competition. Anglophones just want the equal recognition of English in Quebec that existed for over 200 years. Anglophones who want French to be eliminated are a virtually nonexistent minority, if existent at all, whilst French-language nationalists are probably the majority.
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Old 07-02-2013, 07:13 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Anglophones who want French to be eliminated are a virtually nonexistent minority, if existent at all, whilst French-language nationalists are probably the majority.

I think a simple glance at this forum would quite evidently show that this is not the case.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:02 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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Is this not an English forum? It would be a bit hypocritical to contantly be crying about the assimilation of the French language whilst using an English forum yourself. Then again, that hasn't stopped you or the others.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:31 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Is this not an English forum? It would be a bit hypocritical to contantly be crying about the assimilation of the French language whilst using an English forum yourself. Then again, that hasn't stopped you or the others.
What makes you think that I am assimilated simply because I post here in perfect English?

This forum is basically the only place I have used English at all in my life in recent days.

I live pretty much my entire life in French thank you very much, as do my children.
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:34 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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You seem to be reading a lot in English. But I guess it's somehow different when it's a sign for a business, right?
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Old 07-02-2013, 09:51 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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You seem to be reading a lot in English. But I guess it's somehow different when it's a sign for a business, right?
I still don't understand why any of this is your business and why this would make my posts less valid.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:08 AM
 
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Is this not an English forum? It would be a bit hypocritical to contantly be crying about the assimilation of the French language whilst using an English forum yourself. Then again, that hasn't stopped you or the others.
Bit strange for you to keep complaining in general about things HERE when you took off to Ontario. Maybe it's been so long (a question you seem to refuse to answer) that you don't realize how people feel about the issue HERE and TODAY.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:10 AM
 
Location: Somewhere flat in Mississippi
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FWIW, I like the Quebecois accent.


Genevieve Bujold of Still at the Toronto International Film Festival 2012 - YouTube

I wonder, though, if only a small minority of French Quebeckers speak English as well as M. Bujold. I also wonder if there are more French Quebeckers who are fluent in English than there are Anglo Quebeckers who are fluent in French. By "fluent", I don't just mean the ability to have an informal conversation, but to read, write, and comprehend their second language to an ability close to that of their native language.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Montreal, Quebec
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In Quebec anglophone, francophone, and allophone refer to mother tongue. Allophones are mainly immigrants who's first language is neither English or French.
Not necessarily immigrants. I'm an allophone who was born right here, but my mother tongue is Russian.
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Old 07-02-2013, 10:27 AM
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Location: Ontario, Canada
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I still don't understand why any of this is your business and why this would make my posts less valid.
Why do you need French to be larger than English on signs? Why is this necessary? You can't give an answer to this, and I know it.
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