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Old 08-31-2012, 07:56 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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In my experience in the Montreal area, its almost always a case of refusing to speak english.
Do you have the ability to detect if someone knows a language in their head even if they have not uttered a single word of it in your presence?
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Old 08-31-2012, 07:58 AM
 
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Well, I must say that the two times I was in Montreal, this non-French speaker did just fine. I simply said, "Excusez-moi. Parlez-vous anglais?" and looked apologetic about it. Of course, saying it with a lyrical Southern accent helped.
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Old 08-31-2012, 08:34 AM
 
Location: Kenmore, WA
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How come not that many Americans drive to Canada, especially those in northern states (10 hours or less drive to the border)? I can guarantee that 95%+ of Canadians living near the U.S. border in big cities, including small, have traveled/driven thru the U.S. for any reason.
To use a phrase made popular by a former democratic president: "It's the economy." The USD is weaker than the Canadian, and Canadian pricing is higher, anyway. Add the GST, and the fuel costs to get there, and it just doesn't make good "cents."
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:05 AM
 
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Do you have the ability to detect if someone knows a language in their head even if they have not uttered a single word of it in your presence?
Having dealt with quebecois all my life and being with people who know French, yes, I can tell. On multiple occasions persons have refused to speak English to me and persons I was with... How do I know this? They were talking about us like nobody in the group knew French and made comments about them knowing English.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:06 AM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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Because every thing Canada has, America has more of.
And More = Better. Right?
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:12 AM
 
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Another time we decided to drive to Quebec after sightseeing in Vermont. We got lost and it was getting dark so we stopped in McDonalds to ask for directions and to get a burger. They refused to speak to us in English and we didn't speak French. Didn't leave a good impression.
This is an area where the French Canadians need to swallow their Gallic pride and learn to just start speaking English to people when the people obviously don't know French. They are being obstinate and if they want to be that way, they are just keeping more U.S. tourists from visiting, and looking at their incomes, they could use all the tourist dollars they can get. They are on a continent surrounded by hundreds of millions of English speakers and if some of them don't don't English, they need to learn. Whatever their beef is with English Canada, it has nothing to do with us. I know their stubborness has kept me from visiting more often and I would like to.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:12 AM
 
Location: Lynn, MA
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How come not that many Americans drive to Canada, especially those in northern states (10 hours or less drive to the border)? I can guarantee that 95%+ of Canadians living near the U.S. border in big cities, including small, have traveled/driven thru the U.S. for any reason.

Here in New York/New Jersey area, I see plenty of Canadian license plates (Mostly Quebec and Ontario).
Canada is a unique and beautiful place to visit... sad that not that many have been there despite being close to the country. Quebec being north of us is a taste of France!

I know many Americans who says that they never been outside the country.... well you have an easy option to travel north! It's affordable and easy. All you need is passport (Should be required but whatever).

Canada is a great country, slightly different from America, and is very diverse and has anything you want!
Who says they don't? I remember reading somewhere that Canada is the top travel destination for Americans.
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Old 08-31-2012, 09:56 AM
 
Location: Nesconset, NY
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How come not that many Americans drive to Canada, especially those in northern states (10 hours or less drive to the border)? I can guarantee that 95%+ of Canadians living near the U.S. border in big cities, including small, have traveled/driven thru the U.S. for any reason.

Here in New York/New Jersey area, I see plenty of Canadian license plates (Mostly Quebec and Ontario).
Canada is a unique and beautiful place to visit... sad that not that many have been there despite being close to the country. Quebec being north of us is a taste of France!

I know many Americans who says that they never been outside the country.... well you have an easy option to travel north! It's affordable and easy. All you need is passport (Should be required but whatever).

Canada is a great country, slightly different from America, and is very diverse and has anything you want!
I found a USA Today article from 8/9/07 which states nearly 70% of foreigners who visit Canada are Americans. That's nearly 70% of 14 million visitors in 2000 (11 million in 2006). So, I suppose, your assertion that "not that many Americans drive to Canada" depends on what one considers "not that many".

Americans' visits to Canada are going south - USATODAY.com
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Old 08-31-2012, 10:20 AM
 
Location: Gatineau, Québec
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This is an area where the French Canadians need to swallow their Gallic pride and learn to just start speaking English to people when the people obviously don't know French. They are being obstinate and if they want to be that way, they are just keeping more U.S. tourists from visiting, and looking at their incomes, they could use all the tourist dollars they can get. They are on a continent surrounded by hundreds of millions of English speakers and if some of them don't don't English, they need to learn. Whatever their beef is with English Canada, it has nothing to do with us. I know their stubborness has kept me from visiting more often and I would like to.
If that is going to be your attitude then you can stay home and keep your money. We don't need it.

And I say this as someone who lives in Quebec, who speaks French and English (and some other languages) and who speaks to *respectful* tourists in English all the time.
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Old 08-31-2012, 03:47 PM
 
Location: Victoria TX
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This is an area where the French Canadians need to swallow their Gallic pride and learn to just start speaking English to people when the people obviously don't know French. They are being obstinate and if they want to be that way, they are just keeping more U.S. tourists from visiting, and looking at their incomes, they could use all the tourist dollars they can get. They are on a continent surrounded by hundreds of millions of English speakers and if some of them don't don't English, they need to learn. Whatever their beef is with English Canada, it has nothing to do with us. I know their stubborness has kept me from visiting more often and I would like to.
And if some Mexicans got lost and stopped in the McDonalds in Phoenix or San Diego, English-speaking Americans would gladly respond to them in Spanish, right? Because Americans are good, kind-hearted, generous people who respect foreigners and take the trouble to learn their language?

I take it you were waving your American flag, so the people in Quebec would know that their beef with English Canada has nothing to do with you.
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