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Old 04-19-2015, 11:06 PM
 
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I am from New Orleans, with French ancestry, French mother who came after WWII, and Acadian ancestry on my father's side. On my father's side, they immigrated to Louisiane from France but spent three generations in Acadie until the expulsion. I was disappointed when I went to Nova Scotia because I found no exclusively French speaking areas, bilingual but not uniquely French. I want to make a trip this year to Quebec but from what I read on this forum, and wanting to practice my French, Montreal is not the city to spend most of my time. I also intend to take one of the immersion courses to improve my French. Where would the Quebecois residents advise me to travel in order to meet my goals? Perhaps this should be written in French to reach my intended responders?
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Old 04-19-2015, 11:21 PM
 
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I am from New Orleans, with French ancestry, French mother who came after WWII, and Acadian ancestry on my father's side. On my father's side, they immigrated to Louisiane from France but spent three generations in Acadie until the expulsion. I was disappointed when I went to Nova Scotia because I found no exclusively French speaking areas, bilingual but not uniquely French. I want to make a trip this year to Quebec but from what I read on this forum, and wanting to practice my French, Montreal is not the city to spend most of my time. I also intend to take one of the immersion courses to improve my French. Where would the Quebecois residents advise me to travel in order to meet my goals? Perhaps this should be written in French to reach my intended responders?
No, posting in French is against forum rules here, and you'd have to be posting on another site anyways for that to make a difference, all the Quebeckers are fluently bilingual or wouldn't be members on an English board. If you want a unilingual French environment, go to Quebec City, or really anywhere in Quebec that isn't Montreal or Gatineau. Even then I think you'd be surprised by Montreal, it's not like Louisiana or Nova Scotia, it is very much a city where French is the dominant, public language. For full immersion, my recommendation would be Quebec City because while most anywhere in the province would do, Quebec City is an amazing place and I think you'd really enjoy it there. I'm not surprised you found Nova Scotia not very French, Acadian culture is much, much stronger in New Brunswick which is officially bilingual, a third Francophone, and does have areas that are genuinely Francophone. But of course Acadian culture =/= Quebecois culture, they're fairly distinct.
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Old 04-20-2015, 07:05 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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Agree with BIMBAM.

In Atlantic Canada it would have been preferable to go to New Brunswick, especially in the northeast around Caraquet in August.

As well, as you Montreal is quite functionally bilingual on a practical level but it's still the centre of the Québécois francophone culture. Our entertainment industry is headquartered there. Everything comes out of there.

Quebec City is definitely worth checking out for the experience but there is definitely more cultural stuff, *in French*, going on in Montreal than in Quebec City, by virtue of the sheer size of the city and metro.

Do the math: Quebec City has 800,000 people, almost all of them francophones. Montreal has 4 million people, about 70% of which are native francophones and the vast majority of the others also speak French (as a second language).
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